July 13, 1998
OLYMPIA--Julie Haakenson, 19, of Carnation, was named the 43rd Washington State Dairy Princess at the annual dairy industry event in Lynnwood June 19.
As Washington's Dairy Ambassador, Haakenson will represent the state's second largest agricultural commodity during appearances before schools, businesses, civic organizations and the media.
Amanda Miller, representing the Inland Northwest, and Becky Smith, representing Whatcom County, were selected Co-Alternate State Dairy Princesses.
Also competing for the title were Elise Gaston, Grays Harbor County; Becky Dalenberg, Clark County; Genessa Stout, Lewis County; Julie Lanting, Snohomish County; Heather Kandoll, Wahkiakum County and Erika Benjert, of the Yakima Valley.
While representing the dairy industry in public appearances during her year-long term, Haakenson will also serve a ten-month paid internship with the Washington Dairy Products Commission, learning firsthand about dairy product advertising, marketing and public relations.
She will receive college credits for her internship, $4,500 in college scholarships and extensive training in communications.
Julie is the daughter of Erick and Paula Haakenson of Carnation. She has one sister and two brothers, all younger than she. She is a 1997 honors graduate of Eastlake High School in Redmond where she was a member of Honor Society, Key Club and French Club.
She has just completed her freshman year at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
"I am grateful and excited about the opportunity to represent the Dairy Farmers of Washington and to promote dairy products around the state," she said. "I know this is going to be a wonderful year for me."
The Dairy Princess Program is open to candidates who possess dairy knowledge and involvement in one of several ways. They or their parents work in the dairy industry--in farming, processing or other services; they must have lived on a dairy farm at some point in their lives; or they must have had a 4-H or Future Farmers of America dairy heifer or cow project for two years.