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New Nebraska Dairy Princess Crowned in Columbus

by Stephanie Cundith, MS, RD, LD | Mar 7, 2018 | 0 comments

Elizbeth Junck, 2018-19 Nebraska Dairy Princess

Elizbeth Junck, 2018-19 Nebraska Dairy Princess

COLUMBUS, Neb. – Elizabeth Junck, an 18-year-old from Carroll, was crowned the Nebraska Dairy Princess during the annual Nebraska State Dairy Convention in Columbus Feb. 27.

Junck is the daughter of Ernest and Priscilla Junck, and is a senior at Wayne High School. Her role as princess will be to make public appearances to help people understand the dedication of dairy farm families to their cows, their land and the milk they produce. Midwest Dairy sponsors the dairy princess program on behalf of Nebraska’s dairy farm families.

The new princess currently serves as secretary of her 4-H Club’s Country Classics. Junck helps her parents on the family dairy farm, and she also shows cattle at the Wayne County Fair. Her school involvement includes speech, golf, choir and the National Honor Society, and she is active in her church.

Junck plans to attend Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, or the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she would like to major in actuarial science and Spanish with a minor in ag-business.

Mersadies Buderus, a 16-year-old from Wisner, was named first runner-up to the Nebraska Dairy Princess. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Buderus and attends Wayne Community Schools. Through her involvement with 4-H, Buderus shows cows and has been awarded Grand Champion and Reserve Champion numerous times.

Both the princess and the runner-up receive scholarships from Midwest Dairy.

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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