Esteemed members of the Chautauqua County dairy industry gathered on June 13, 2014 at the Bemus Point United Methodist Church to discover who would represent them as the new reigning dairy princess. The annual event is held in celebration of June being National Dairy Month. Attendees enjoyed a buffet dinner catered by Debbie Sterns, Classic Occasions, and were introduced to the newest members of the Chautauqua County Dairy Promotions Committee.
Mikaela Johnson, 16, daughter of Reid and Michelle Johnson of Kennedy, was crowned the 2014-2015 Chautauqua County Dairy Princess. Mikaela is a junior at Falconer Central School where she is an active member of Falconer Future Business Leaders of America, marching band, and is captain of the color guard. She enjoys playing bass, acoustic, and electric guitar, and also takes bagpipe lessons. Ms. Johnson is sponsored to the Dairy Princess Program by the Ormond Farm in Kennedy.
Ready to support Mikaela in her duties representing the Chautauqua County dairy industry is Dairy Princess Alternate, Jessica Morton. The 16-year-old daughter of Karen and Stan Paszko and Mark Morton, Jessica resides with her grandparents, Perry and Betty Dewey, on a dairy farm in Sherman. Jessica is a junior at Sherman Central School where she is Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter President and Junior FFA Advisor. Jessica is also a member of the National Honor Society and plays volleyball.
Pictured front left to right are Dairy Princess Mikeala Johnson and alternate Jessica Morton. In back are the dairy promotions court.
This year's dairy promotions court contains an abundance of ambassadors who are not yet old enough to compete for the dairy princess crown, but are eager to assist the dairy princess and her alternate in their efforts. The 2014-2015 Chautauqua County ambassadors are: Emily and Katie Beightol, daughters of Brett and Cathy Beightol of Kennedy; Autumn Gregory, daughter of Dave and Heather Gregory of Forestville; Emily Johnson, daughter of Reid and Michelle Johnson of Kennedy; Tesika Kilmer, daughter of RoJan Kilmer of Kennedy and Aaron Kilmer of Orchard Park; Katelyn Miller, daughter of Jeffrey and Jennifer Miller of Cherry Creek; Mackenzie Perry, daughter of Dale Perry and Dawn Cross of South Dayton; Ashley Sterns, granddaughter of Rick and Debbie Sterns of Kennedy; Kendall and Sadie Steward, daughters of Ken and Lori Steward of Kennedy; Joyce Wiltsie, daughter of Randy and Jill Wiltsie of Frewsburg; and Lily, Madison, and Sophia Woodis, daughters of Michael and Heather Woodis of Dewittville.
The Chautauqua County Dairy Princess program is made possible through the support of the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council: the local planning and management organization funded by dairy farmer check off dollars. If you are interested in having the princess and her court participate in a community event to help promote the dairy industry, please contact Michelle Johnson, Booking Chair, at 716-969-2786.