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Watertown Woman Crowned 63rd South Dakota Dairy Princess

by Stephanie Cundith, MS, RD, LD | Mar 27, 2018 | 0 comments

Morgan Kohl, 2018-19 South Dakota Dairy Princess

Morgan Kohl, 2018-19 South Dakota Dairy Princess

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Morgan Kohl, an 18-year-old Waverly-South Shore High School senior from Watertown, was crowned South Dakota Dairy Princess during the opening of the Central Plains Dairy Expo March 27 in Sioux Falls. Kohl is the 63rd woman to hold the title representing South Dakota’s dairy farm families.

Kohl is the daughter of Mike and Marcy Kohl. She is employed at MoDak Dairy, and she judges dairy cattle in both 4-H and FFA on the local, state and national levels. Kohl was one of four delegates on the South Dakota 4-H dairy judging team that competed at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. She has been showing cattle since age 12, is often a presenter to 4-H clubs and volunteers her time to promote the dairy industry at events including Midwest Dairy’s Malt Wagon program. Kohl plans to attend South Dakota State University majoring in animal science.

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 Rebecka Hoffman, 18, daughter of Kevin and Judy Hoffman of Dolton. Hoffman is a senior at Bridgewater-Emery High School and plans to attend South Dakota State University majoring in dairy production.

Kohl receives a $1,000 scholarship from Midwest Dairy’s South Dakota Division, which sponsors the dairy princess program, while Hoffman 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: Kohl will be available for interviews in the Midwest Dairy-sponsored Media Center, which is part of the Central Plains Dairy Expo at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, 10:45-11:30 a.m. Mar. 28. The Media Center is located in room 11 across from Ballroom A in the convention center. For a complete schedule of interview opportunities at Central Plains, 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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