Syracuse, N.Y. – On Tuesday, February 22, 2022, Gabriella Taylor from Wayne was named the 2022-2023 New York State Dairy Ambassador during a ceremony livestreamed from the Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA in Syracuse, N.Y. Taylor formerly served as the Wayne County Dairy Princess since spring of 2021.

As New York State Dairy Ambassador, Taylor will serve as a spokesperson and advocate for dairy farmers by attending special events to engage with and educate consumers on the nutritional benefits of milk and dairy foods, how farmers care for their cows and their land in order to produce a sustainable product, and the importance of the dairy industry to the New York state economy. Taylor will also receive a $1,200 scholarship and an internship opportunity with American Dairy Association North East (ADANE).

Katie Jasmin from Madison County was named first Associate Ambassador, and Annika Donlick from Cortland County was selected as second Associate Ambassador. They will receive a $700 scholarship and $500 scholarship, respectively. Both individuals will assist the New York State Dairy Ambassador with training, appearances, and other duties.

The New York State Dairy Ambassador Program aims to build critical professional skills and confidence of young individuals who are passionate about the dairy industry. Ambassadors will be involved in statewide promotions and events. Individuals will gain experience collaborating with a team, knowledge of ADANE promotion and marketing programs, and will participate in sessions led by experts in public speaking, social media, team building and leadership.

Participants were judged on a personal interview, impromptu questions, a prepared speech, a product knowledge exam, writing skills, and informal interaction with others, and evaluated based on their communication skills and knowledge of the dairy industry.

Competition judges were: Holly Pullis, Hollywood Enterprises and Roedale Farm, Richfield Springs, N.Y., and Anna Richards CEO/Founder 2020 Consulting LLC, Skaneateles, N.Y.

Sponsored by ADANE, the competition completed the yearlong term of Shelby Benjamin of Chenango County.