Antisdel crowned Dairy Princess
Lu-Anne Antisdel, a senior at Northeast Bradford High School, was crowned the 2013-14 Bradford County Dairy Princess on Saturday.
Antisdel, 18, was selected at Saturday's 51st annual Bradford County Dairy Princess Pageant at Towanda High School. Brooke Ostrander, 16, a sophomore at Troy Area High School, will serve as alternate dairy princess.
Judges selected Antisdel based on criteria including appearance, speaking ability, poise, personality and knowledge of the dairy industry. Antisdel and Ostrander each performed a skit designed to educate school-age children, gave a speech, participated in a private interview with judges and answered an impromptu question.
When asked by state Rep. Tina Pickett, Saturday's master of ceremonies, why she wanted to serve as dairy princess, Antisdel explained, "The dairy industry is my whole life."
Antisdel, the daughter of Mike Antisdel and Jeanne Hillman, was raised on a 110-cow dairy farm in the Rome area. She has previously served as a dairy maid and dairy ambassador and was also the 2011 Troy Fair Queen. During her reign, she started a coat drive to benefit those affected by the Sept. 2011 flood.
Ostrander, the daughter of Brian and Stacey Ostrander, has shown her own Jersey cattle at the Troy Fair and is involved in 4-H and Future Farmers of America as well as several school clubs.
Antisdel and Ostrander follow a 2012-13 dairy promotion team that found success statewide. Maria Jo Noble, the outgoing dairy princess, went on to win the title of Pennsylvania Dairy Princess. Noble, of Gillett, will continue to serve in that role until the state pageant is held in September.
Noble and her alternates, Cassie Bennett and Aerotine MacWhinnie, joined by the dairy princess court, attended 625 promotions in the past year, said county coordinator Erin Cole - and that number doesn't take into account Noble's state duties.
In her farewell speech, Noble thanked the Bradford County community for supporting her in her successes.
"One thing I know will never change is where my roots came from," she said.
The 2013-14 Dairy Princess Court will also include ten Dairy Misses - Sela Beeman, Reagan Braund, Emilie Cole, Meredith Cole, Katie Lackey, Addie MacBride, Lexi Harnish, Courtnie Hoffman, Emma Morgan and Brooke Calkins.
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