Changing of the Dairy Guard

5/11/2013 7:00 AM
By Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade Special Sections Editor

Tranovich Crowned Dairy Princess in Wyoming-Lackawanna Counties

TUNKHANNOCK, Pa. — On Saturday, May 14, Brianna Smarkusky of Nicholson, Pa., closed out her year as the Wyoming-Lackawanna Counties’ dairy princess. She, along with alternate dairy princess Whisper Jaget, crowned the new 2013-2014 Wyoming-Lackawanna Counties’ dairy princess and court at the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church.

“From day one as dairy princess, each member has had faith in me,” she said of her family, committee and court. “This has been a life-changing experience. I have learned so much from this program. I learned how to speak in public, dress professionally, and to get my message across.”

Smarkusky spoke about several of her special dairy promotions, such as helping out with the Special Olympics, the county fair dairy shows, and building the annual fair giant ice cream sundae.

Smarkusky crowned Mary Beth Tranovich of Greenfield Township, Lackawanna County, as the new dairy princess. Before her crowning, Tranovich presented a speech and a skit focusing on the importance of eating three servings of dairy a day. For the impromptu question regarding the importance of women in agriculture, she said:

“I think the role of women in agriculture is to go out and tell everyone about agriculture and the importance of agriculture. If it were not for agriculture, we would not have the food we enjoy,” she said. She said regarding the dairy industry, women can talk about what happens on the dairy farm.

Tranovich is the daughter of Mary Ann and Brian Tranovich, and attends Scranton Preparatory School as a junior. She resides on her family’s dairy farm, Sandy Banks Farm. At school, she is a member of the National Spanish Club, History Club, Classics Club, the cross country team and track and field team. In the future, she would like to study to become an optometrist.

Joining Tranovich is the promotion team of Alternate Dairy Princess Sharon Snyder, also of Greenfield Township. The 2013-2014 dairy ambassadors are Emma Loch, 15, of Nicholson; Jeremy Rabe, 15, of Evans Falls; and Jonathan Rabe, 14, of Evans Falls. Dairy Maid Sara Fetter, 13, of Dalton, and Dairy Miss Destiney Rabe, 11, of Evans Falls, complete this year’s team.

Each junior representative presented a dairy speech as part of the evening and talked about their favorite dairy promotion.

Emma Loch focused her speech around the Paul Harvey speech “God Made a Farmer.” She wove her own experiences of growing up on a dairy farm between highlights of the poem, comparing and contrasting life today on a farm.

“Owning a farm is more than a one-man job,” she said. “It takes the work of the entire family, the girls too. Every day I help out where needed in the farm.”

She talked about her love of her cows. “People may say dogs are man’s best friend, but they never owned a cow,” she said.

The dairy princess committee also recognized several promotion team members for participating in the dairy display board project. Emma Loch, Sara Fetter, Destiney Rabe and Jeremy Rabe received a gift card for their entries.

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