ANKENY, Iowa – Naomi Scott, a 19-year-old from Westgate, was crowned the 69th Iowa Dairy Princess during an evening ceremony at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Naomi, daughter of Mike and Kathleen Scott, will spend the year serving as a goodwill ambassador for Iowa’s dairy farmers. Throughout her year-long reign, she will make public appearances to connect with consumers and help them understand the dedication of dairy farm families to their cows, their land and the milk they produce.
Naomi represented the Iowa Holstein Association in the contest. She will be a sophomore at Kaskaskia College this fall where she studies agriculture science. Naomi was also named Miss Congeniality in the contest.
Emily Manweiler, 18, of Sumner, was named Iowa Dairy Princess Alternate. Emily, the daughter of William and Karen Manweilier, will share duties with the princess. She represented the Iowa Jersey Cattle Club and will be a senior at New Hampton High School.
Haily Backer, 18, was recognized for her performance in the public speaking portion of the contest. She is the daughter of Benjamin and Jennifer Backer of Greene and represented Butler County.
Seven candidates competed for the Iowa Dairy Princess title, with the judging held Aug. 9 and 10 in Ankeny. The winners were selected based on an application, answers to essay questions, interview and public speaking skills, professionalism and ability to advocate for dairy farmers.
The outgoing 2021-22 Iowa Dairy Princess is Raegan Kime, daughter of Dann and Annette Kime of Waucoma, and the Alternate Princess is Hillary Burken, daughter of Marty Burken, Susan O’Neil, and Dan and Lisa Lofquist of Clinton. Their reigns will be completed at the end of the month and the new Princess and Alternate will begin their duties on Sept. 1.
Editor’s note: Interview opportunities with the Iowa Dairy Princess and Alternate are available. To make a request, please contact Mariah Busta at (563) 379-8619 or IowaDairyPrincess@gmail.com.
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