Community Extra: Applause


County dairy ambassadors named

The county dairy community celebrated April 14 with the coronation of princess Erin Peek as the new Snohomish County Dairy Ambassador. The alternates are Shana Morcom and Haley Grillo.

The three young women are volunteers able to speak with civic groups and school children about the subject of dairy farming in the region. In all, six women competed for the crown, which has been awarded annually for 57 years.

Erin Peek, daughter of Jason and Elizabeth Peek, is a junior at Arlington High School. Along with exhibiting dairy cattle at the Silvana, Stanwood and Evergreen State fairs, Peek is vice president of the Arlington FFA and secretary of the Her-Ang-Dus 4-H Club. Peek plans earn a college degree in agriculture education and teach in a high school.

Haley Grillo, daughter of Shirley Karlsen of Sultan, is a junior at the Sky Valley Education Center. She is active in dairy 4-H and the Washington Junior Holstein Association. Grillo works for the Groeneveld Dairy in Sultan. Her job includes feeding, dehorning, vaccinations and record keeping. Grillo bought her first registered Holstein in 2011, and has participated in two national conventions. Grillo plans to attend PIMA Institute to become a veterinary technician with a focus on dairy.

Shana Morcom, daughter of Ron and Mary Morcom, is a senior at Arlington High School. She is the owner of a small herd of Jerseys and has exhibited them with Arlington FFA. Morcom milks her cows twice a day by hand. Morcom says this practice gives her a better sense of what dairying was like in past. She is active in the National Junior Red Angus Association, serving as public relations director and vice president. Morcom plans to eventually own her own farm.

Also nominated for the ambassador job were:

Missy Donegan, daughter of Tim and Kelly Donegan. is a junior at Arlington High School. She is a member of Arlington FFA and Hope 4’s 4-H. She has exhibited cattle from Soler Dairy in Arlington at the Silvana, Stanwood, Skagit, Evergreen and Puyallup fairs. Donegan enjoys coaching young people on how to show dairy cattle. She hopes to become a veterinarian and would like to own a dairy farm.

Annalisa Patzer, daughter of John and Tameria Patzer, is a 2011 graduate of Arlington High School and a current student at Wyoming Technical Institute. In high school she belonged to FFA and earned awards in Agricultural Mechanics. She has also participated in speech and debate contests. Patzer owns a small herd of Jersey cattle and plans to own her own welding business.

Elizabeth Russell, daughter of John and Ronda Russell, is a senior at Stanwood High School and is a Running Start student. She is president of the Stanwood FFA. She has exhibited dairy projects at local fairs and is a member of the Phoenix 4-H club. She plans to attend Cal-Poly San Louis Obispo to study dairy science.

Two earn Eagle rank

At an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Sunday, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1040 presented Eagle Scout certificates to TJ Sexton and Ryan Mills of Boy Scouts of America Troop 312.

TJ’s project that earned him his Eagle rank was to restore a bridge on the Big Gulch Trail in Mukilteo.

Ryan’s Eagle project improved the Shell Creek Trail in Yost Park in Edmonds.


Student sells CD to raise money for food bank

Brendon Rotter, 17, an Arts and Technology Marysville High School student, made a $500 donation to the Marysville Community Food Bank.

Rotter composed and recorded a CD of his own guitar music and sold copies to raise money for the food bank.

After making the donation, he stayed for a while and entertained food bank clients.

Foundation helps buy beds for children

St. Vincent de Paul, North Sound Council, has announced the donation of $5,000 from the Everett Clinic Foundation for the Beds for Children program.

The money goes to buy beds for children who are otherwise sleep on the floor or on other furniture in their homes.

All of the funds for the program, go directly to the purchase the beds, said a St. Vincent de Paul spokesman.

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