Stephanie McBath, a senior at Schuylerville High School, has been named the New York State Dairy Princess for 2015-16. McBath will serve as the primary spokesperson for the dairy industry throughout the state for the next year. She was chosen after a two-day event in which 22 county dairy princesses competed.
The contestants took tests to judge their dairy knowledge and writing skills, had intensive interviews with the three judges, had to give both impromptu and prepared speeches, and also were judged on their informal interaction with others. Judges evaluated contestants on communication skills, knowledge of the dairy industry, poise and personality.
McBath was selected to read her speech to a crowd of nearly 400 people. She says she talked about how buying local dairy products benefits the economy and the community.
McBath’s title comes with a list of responsibilities, including appearances at all of the New York county dairy princess contests, a number of Fuel Up to Play 60 events, the Saratoga County Fair and the New York State Fair.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting the dairy farmers of New York State, talking with them, meeting more people, learning more about the industry and learning how I can better represent them throughout the entire year at all of the activities I go to,” McBath said.
McBath did not grow up on a farm and says she has leaned on several Schuylerville dairy farmers for support and encouragement as she continues to learn about the industry. She says being a member of the FFA club at Schuylerville High School has taught her a lot about being a leader in the agricultural community.
“It takes a lot more than people realize to be a dairy farmer,” McBath said. “They are hardworking people who have an education and have a lot of expertise in an advancing field.”
McBath plans to major in animal science at Cornell University in the fall.
The American Dairy Association and Dairy Council (ADADC) sponsors the dairy princess contest in New York. To learn more about the ADADC,