The Alice in Dairyland finals are coming up May 11-13 in Walworth County. The six top candidates have been preparing for this three-day interview finale since they were announced in March. Today we hear from top candidate Ashley Hagenow of Poynette.
She’s a senior at the University of Minnesota and will graduate this month with a degree in agricultural communication and marketing with minors in animal science and agricultural and food business management. Growing up, she was very active in 4-H and FFA. During college, Hagenow was involved in Agriculture Future of America, the National Agri-Marketing Association, the Gopher Dairy Club, and the University of Minnesota dairy challenge and dairy judging teams. Hagenow held various internships throughout college, gaining experiences with CHS, Curious Plot marketing agency, CLUTCH marketing agency, Progressive Dairy, and World Dairy Expo.
Hagenow says she’s running for Alice in Dairyland because she’s always admired the program for connecting agriculture to a wide variety of consumers. If she gets the Alice in Dairyland position, she wants to reach audiences outside of the state.
Since March, the six candidates participated in a rigorous interview process that will allow them to showcase the communications and public relations skills required to be Alice in Dairyland. Although only one of the top candidates ultimately will be selected as the next Alice in Dairyland, the personal growth experienced by all the candidates as a result of the process will carry far into their future careers.
The Alice in Dairyland Finals are scheduled for May 11-13 in Walworth County. The three-day process includes agribusiness tours, media interviews, an impromptu question and answer session, individual interviews, and candidate presentations. The selection of the 76th Alice in Dairyland will be announced during the program at the conclusion of the finals on May 13. The 76th Alice in Dairyland will begin her term on July 5.
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