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Dairy women compete for princess title
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Women from Turlock, Hilmar and Modesto will compete in a variety of challenges in front of three judges on June 10 to earn the title District 6 Dairy Princess.
The five contestants are Spencer Baptista of Turlock, Athina Correia of Turlock, Vanessa Martins of Hilmar, Natalie Sanders of Hilmar and Tara Perry of Modesto.
They will take on a series of questions on stage along with modeling clothes from a local store in a fashion show during the competition, said Debbie Iriqui, administrative assistant for the California Milk Advisory Board.  
Prior to the competition, the contestants will have a luncheon with the judges to get to know each other in a more relaxed environment, Iriqui said. They will also be judged on this luncheon.
The winner of the Dairy Princess contest will take on the responsibility of representing the dairy industry in the counties of Alameda, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus and Tuolumne. She will also serve the area as ambassador for the dairy industry at schools, service groups, and radio and television appearances. The newly selected Dairy Princess and her alternate will participate in a week of training through the California Milk Advisory Board that includes industry tours, presentation and etiquette training.
Baptista attends Turlock High School where she is involved in FFA, Key Club and Turlock Youth Soccer. She exhibits dairy cattle, cooking and photography.
Correia also attends Turlock High where she is involved in FFA, the Portuguese Club and cheerleading. She raises dairy cattle, and works with flowers and floral design.
Martins attends Hilmar High School, where she is on the honor role, and is involved in FFA, cheerleading, and the Foreign Language Club. She likes to dance, read and ride horses.
Sanders attends Turlock Christian High School where she is active in 4-H, the Samaritan Club, volleyball and the California Junior Holstein Association. She likes to show dairy cattle, play volleyball, read and work on the family dairy.
Perry attends Johansen High School where she plays a role in 4-H, FFA, Relay for Life, softball, volleyball and martial arts. She likes to practice Chinese martial arts and spend time with friends.
The Dairy Princess event will take place at Our Lady of Assumption Hall in Turlock on June 10. Tickets are $25 per person. If interested in attending the 2010 District 6 Dairy Princess Contest, contact Linda Teixeira at 634-4500.
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext 2015.