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Clear Lake Woman Crowned 64th South Dakota Dairy Princess

by Stephanie Cundith, MS, RD, LD | March 26, 2019 | 0 comments

2019 SD Dairy Princess Coronation

Ytsje Andringa (center) has been crowned the 64th South Dakota Dairy Princess. Also pictured: South Dakota Dairy Princess runner-up, Rebecca Schweer (left), and 63rd South Dakota Dairy Princess, Morgan Kohl (right).

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Ytsje Andringa, an 18-year-old Great Plains Lutheran High School senior from Clear Lake, was crowned South Dakota Dairy Princess during the opening of the Central Plains Dairy Expo March 26 in Sioux Falls. Andringa is the 64th woman to hold the title representing South Dakota’s dairy farm families.

Andringa is the daughter of Sietse and Aafke Andringa. She has lived on her family’s dairy farm her entire life. She lived in Canada until her family moved to Clear Lake when she was two. They started milking with 90 cows and were up to 150 cows when they moved to South Dakota. They currently milk 1,800 cows at two different facilities. Andringa is active in public speaking through speech class, FFA and other youth groups. Andringa plans to attend Lake Area Technical Institute majoring in nursing.

The new princess will spend the next year helping to share the story of dairy farming and dairy’s role in healthy diets with people across the state.

Named runner-up was Kendra Schweer,18, daughter of Richard and Michelle Schweer of Milbank. Schweer is a senior at Milbank High School and plans to attend Lake Area Technical Institute majoring in agriculture precision technology.

Andringa receives a $1,000 scholarship from Midwest Dairy’s South Dakota Division, which sponsors the dairy princess program, while Schweer receives a $500 award from Central Plains Dairy Expo.

The South Dakota Dairy Princess is selected based on her general dairy knowledge and enthusiasm for the industry, communications skills and ability to reach consumer audiences.

Editor’s Note: Ystje Andringa will be available for interviews in the Midwest Dairy-sponsored Media Center March 27, 10:30 a.m -12:00 p.m. The Media Center is located in room 11 across from Ballroom A in the convention center. For this and other interview opportunities, please contact Stephanie Cundith at or 913-904-8328.

Stephanie Cundith, MS, RD, LD
Manager, Corporate Communications at Midwest Dairy

As a registered dietitian and nutrition spokesperson for Midwest Dairy Council, I work on behalf of dairy farmers to communicate the benefits of dairy nutrition. In addition to Dairy Makes Sense, I am a blogger for The Dairy Report.

I write from the perspective of a working mom who recognizes the challenges families face when sorting out nutrition information and putting healthy foods on the table. Dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt - all proven to play a critical role in overall health and development – take center stage in my family’s meal plan. As a runner who always is training for the next big race, I also write from the perspective of an athlete. I understand the important role nutrition plays in fueling an active lifestyle and believe that dairy helps me perform at my best.

My education background may be considered non-traditional in the field of dietetics. I have an undergraduate degree in journalism. After graduation I decided to go back to school to study nutrition and become a dietitian. I joined the Midwest Dairy staff eight years ago. Before that, I worked as a hospital dietitian and a weight management coach.

I'm originally from Pennsylvania, but Kansas has been my home now for more than ten years. Favorite pastimes include traveling east to visit family, cooking, and doing anything outside - especially distance running or chasing after my nine year-old son.

Let’s talk more about dairy nutrition, health and fitness! Follow me on Twitter @scundithRD.

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