Los Banosan among Dairy Princess contestants

STAFF REPORTSMay 23, 2013 

Six women will compete June 1 for District 6 Dairy Princess at Our Lady of Assumption Hall in Turlock. Competing will be Christine Azevedo of Turlock, Crestina Batchelor of Atwater, Abigail Coelho of Hilmar, Dominique Germann of Ceres, Caitlin Lopes of Los Banos and Kristen Nascimento of Hilmar.

Christine is the daughter of John and Raquel Azevedo of Turlock. She attends California State University, Stanislaus, where she is majoring in psychology. Christine participates in the Catholic Students Association and the Portuguese Club in college; in high school, she was involved in Future Business Leaders of America, as well as being on the honor roll all four years. Christine has lived on a dairy her entire life and currently works at A.L. Gilbert Co.

Crestina is the daughter of Selina Cipriano of Ceres. She attends Buhach Colony High School, where she participates in FFA. Crestina has received many distinctions through FFA, including member of the month and scholarship awards. Crestina has shown dairy cattle at area fairs, and has lived on her grandparents' dairy for 12 years. She believes she will be a professional representative for the local dairy industry.

Abigail is the daughter of Stephen and Carol Coelho of Hilmar. She attends Central Catholic High School, where she participates in the California Scholarship Federation, Math Bowl, Science Olympiad and the National Honor Society. Abigail also has been a Hilmar Colony 4-H member for 10 years. She raised dairy heifers in her back yard.

Dominique is the daughter of Andy and Jackie Germann of Ceres. She attends Central Valley High School, where she participates in FFA and other extracurricular activities. Dominique believes her role as director of "One Cow's Journey" through the Gallo Early Start Leadership Camp and her participation in The Modesto Bee Teens in the Newsroom Program provide her with leadership and communication skills ideal for Dairy Princess.

Caitlin is the daughter of Carlos and Colleen Lopes of Los Banos. She attends Los Banos High School, participating in many extracurricular activities there and in the community: Merced County Holstein Club, California Junior Holstein Association, FFA and the National Honor Society, among others. Caitlin was captain of four state winning dairy bowl teams and twice won the state dairy Jeopardy contest. She now is serving as FFA secretary. Caitlin has grown up on her family dairy, which it has owned since 1967.

Kristen is the daughter of Joe and Maria Nascimento of Hilmar. She attends Hilmar High School, participating in FFA, softball and other activities. Kristen has been a member of the Dairy Judging Team and an FFA officer, earning several awards during her tenure. Kristen has grown up on her father's dairy, and she says calf birthing is "more fun than watching the latest cartoon."

The Dairy Princess represents Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Merced, Alameda, Mariposa, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.

She will serve as ambassador for the dairy industry at schools, service groups and with the media.

The contest follows a 7 p.m. dinner. To purchase tickets, call Linda Teixeira at (209) 634-4500 or (209) 402-8305.

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