County's 1993 Dairy Princess crowned Winner belongs to 4-H clubs

owns 12 cows

June 08, 1993|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

Mary Ellen Seraydian, a 16-year-old sophomore at Francis Scott Key High School, was crowned the 1993 Carroll County Dairy Princess at Sunday night's contest at the Ag Center.

The only other contestant, 17-year-old Heather Hull, currently the Carroll County Farm Queen, was runner-up.

The Dairy Princess represents county dairy farmers in milk and dairy products promotions and competes in the state contest in the summer.

Her duties include speaking to elementary school children, attending fairs, visiting grocery stores and malls at community events and speaking to civic groups.

The daughter of Charles and Mary Ann Seraydian of Taneytown, Mary Ellen has 12 cows of her own that she cares for and shows in the annual Carroll County 4-H/Future Farmers of America Fair. She belongs to the Progressive Clovers, and Taneytown and Carroll County Dairy 4-H clubs.

The contest included an interview with three judges, a skit that will be used at elementary schools to educate students about the importance of dairy products, and a question about dairy products.

"We're looking for dairy knowledge foremost in picking the Dairy Princess," said judge Carroll Seiler, a Hampstead farmer and school teacher. "We also look at poise, personality, the skits, the question, personal knowledge and the ability to communicate."

For her skit, Mary Ellen had rewritten the story of Little Red Riding Hood. In her version, Little Red Riding Hood is carrying a basket of dairy products to her grandmother when she meets a small frail wolf in the woods.

At grandmother's house, the wolf is hiding under the bed and begs to share the dairy products, which Little Red Riding Hood does.

Both girls answered the same question: Dr. Benjamin Spock recently stated that young children shouldn't drink cow's milk. If a young mother approached you and inquired on the issue, what would you tell her?

"Milk is a very important part of a young child's diet," Mary Ellen said. "The only problem I could see would be if the child were raised on a dairy farm and was getting whole milk, there might be bacteria in it that might not be good for the child, and maybe the pasteurized milk would be better."

Both girls in their skit and question stressed the importance of the nutrients found in dairy products.

The 1992 Dairy Princess, Marie Speak, presented Mary Ellen with a tiara, sash and red roses when the judges announced their decision. Asked what her goals are for the coming year, Mary Ellen said, "I'd like to hit every classroom that I can, to try to educate the students in the importance of dairy foods and the dairy industry."

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