Milk board crowns new princess

Isabella Ribeiro and Sophia Gomes are selected as the 2021 California Milk Advisory Board’s district 9 dairy princess and alternate

TRACY, CALIF. – As the dairy capital of California it is only right that the dairy princess be from Tulare.

Late last month Isabella Ribeiro of Tulare was selected as the 2021 dairy princess for the California Milk Advisory Board’s (CMAB) district 9. The alternate for 2021, Sophia Gomes, is also from Tulare. The virtual contest was on Friday, June 18.

Isabella will represent District 9, which includes Tulare, Inyo, and Mono counties. As Dairy Princess she will play an essential role in the CMAB’s communications services team to help meet community relations objectives.

Ribeiro is the daughter of Michael and Tania Ribeiro. She is a senior at Tulare Western High School. Ribeiro competes on the FFA Dairy Show team, is chapter president, and president of the San Joaquin Valley Region FFA. She competes in varsity swim, is on the cheer team and is a California Scholastic Federation member. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Tulare County Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Program, plus a member of the California Holstein Association. She also volunteers as a swim coach. After high school, she plans to attend a four-year university to major in agriculture communications.

Gomes is the daughter of Kent and Katie Gomes. She is a Junior at Tulare Western High School. Gomes is FFA vice president, manages a dairy heifer project and serves as the Sequoia Section FFA vice president. She competes on her high school’s aquatics team and is a member of the California Scholarship Federation. She is a Tulare Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Program member and interns with Ag Source Magazine working on their outskirts program. After high school, Gomes plans to attend Fresno State University to major in agriculture science, with an emphasis in ag education.

The Dairy Princess attends a professional development and educational training focused on presentation skills, dairy knowledge and advocacy, social media, business etiquette and leadership development.

California is the nation’s leading milk producer. It also produces more butter, ice cream and nonfat dry milk than any other state. The state is the second-largest producer of cheese and yogurt. Real California dairy products can be identified by the Real California Milk seal, which certifies that the products are made exclusively with milk produced on California dairy farms by California dairy farm families.

Retiring Dairy Princess Shae Greidanus turned the title over to Isabella and wished her success as she represents the California dairy industry throughout the coming year. Also in attendance was retiring alternate, Hayli Adkins, and 2nd alternate, Anissa Borges, who welcomed the newly crowned alternate to the program.

About Real California Milk/the California Milk Advisory Board: The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), an instrumentality of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is funded by the state’s dairy farm families who lead the nation in sustainable dairy farming practices. With a vision to nourish the world with the wholesome goodness of Real California Milk, the CMAB’s programs focus on increasing demand for California’s sustainable dairy products in the state, across the U.S. and around the world through advertising, public relations, research, and retail and foodservice promotional programs. For more information and to connect with the CMAB, visit RealCaliforniaMilk.com, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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