St. Vincent High Senior Francesca Gambonini New Dairy Princess
On Saturday night, April 13th, Francesca Gambonini was crowned the 56th Dairy Princess. In her new role as a spokesperson for the dairy industry, Francesca will attend fairs, community events and visit classrooms to inform the public about the dairy industry. This annual event co-sponsored by the North Bay Dairy Women and the California Milk Advisory Board was held at the Petaluma Veterans Building in front of a large crowd. Outgoing princess, Suzanne Amaral crowned Francesca as the new princess, Jessie Peterson of Petaluma was crowned 1st Alternate and Makenzie Floyd of Sebastopol is the new 2nd Alternate.
Callie Marsh of Petaluma, who was celebrating her 18th birthday, was awarded the Isolena Maestretti Miss Vitality Award. This award is voted on by all the contestants and goes to the girls who is the most helpful during the days events and the most outgoing. Francesca won the Florence Gilardoni Memorial Scholarship worth $500 to help pursue her career goal of majoring in Agricultural Science/Agricultural Education. Dan Charles, a student at Santa Rosa JC was awarded the $500 Bernice Hadermann Memorial Scholarship.
Also a contestant for the event was Regina Pozzi of Petaluma.
Sixth generation dairy farmer, Francesca Gambonini is a senior at St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma and is the daughter of Frank and Stacey. The future dairy cattle geneticist will attend California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo in the fall and has already traveled the world for dairy competitions. Francesca was also honored this week with being chosen as co-valedictorian for her graduating class.
The Dairy Princess Contest and Ball is a well honored tradition and is chaired by Judy Buttke who was honored with a crown and flowers for her 20th year as chairperson.