The Genesee County Dairy Princess and her Court have worked hard to promote the dairy industry virtually this past year due to the COVID-19-related restrictions on gathering and public events.
The nine young women – the dairy princess, her dairy ambassadors, and young dairy maids – have made several videos to help inform the local community about the local dairy industry. They have shared different recipes, read a book and even hosted a virtual Kinderfarmin’ event. In a more typical year, hundreds of young students would visit an area farm for an up-close view of farm life, complete with activities that may find kids whipping up and tasting butter, trying their hand at a simulated milking station, and climbing onto tractors.
The Genesee County Dairy Princess Program is made possible through the support of American Dairy Association North East, the local planning and management organization funded by dairy farmer checkoff dollars. They help to build demand and sales for milk and dairy food in the local region.
ADA North East represents more than 10,000 dairy farm families in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia. ADA North East also assists in developing local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail stores and in schools.
Here, the young women share their stories:
Miah Werth Genesee County Dairy Princess
Miah Werth is the 2020 Genesee County Dairy Princess. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Steve and Trisha Werth and lives in Elba with her parents and brother Mason.
Miah is a senior at Elba Central School where she is an active member of the FFA and serves as the chapter president. She also takes part in volleyball, basketball, track, SAA and the 4-H Beef Club.
Miah likes to promote the dairy industry because she is passionate about dairy farmers and has witnessed the diligent work farmers put into caring for their animals and land. Miah feels it is important now more than ever to educate the community on how nutritious dairy products are.
“Our farmers take pride in providing the highest quality dairy products today, just like their families have done for generations,” Miah said. “Thanks to the hard work of our dairy farmers we are all able to enjoy cheese, butter and of course ice cream!
Miah’s favorite way to get her three dairy servings in a day is with a yogurt smoothie, a glass of chocolate milk and a snack of cheese.
Hi, everyone, I am Amelia Brewer. This is my third year as a Dairy Ambassador. I am 16 years old and a sophomore at Elba Central School.
One thing I love about being a Dairy Ambassador is getting to inform the public about the dairy industry.
I also am a part of the Elba FFA chapter and the president of the 4-H Dairy Club.
I love showing and growing my dairy herd and it is something I am proud of. I am very thankful for my family, friends and especially my cows!
Hello everyone, I am Jillian Brewer. This is my first year as a Dairy Ambassador. I am 13 years old and in eighth grade at Elba Central School.
One thing I love about being a Dairy Ambassador is informing the public about the dairy industry. I also participate in the FFA chapter at my school and am in 4-H.
I am very thankful for my family, friends, and animals.
Georgia Luft is one of the Genesee County Dairy Ambassadors. Georgia is an 11th grade student at Elba Central School where she enjoys being part of the soccer, basketball and softball teams along with an AAU travel basketball team.
Georgia became a member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club as soon as she turned 8 years old and has enjoyed exhibiting dairy cows and chickens along with crafts at our fair and other fairs.
Georgia, the daughter of Matt and Laura Luft, said she is proud of her dairy farming roots from her mother’s side of the family.
Georgia’s favorite activity is helping her friend Mary milk cows whenever possible.
Georgia is looking forward to continuing to educate the public on the dairy industry and promoting healthy dairy products with her sister Caroline and the rest of her friends on the Dairy Princess Court.
Hello, my name is Carolyn Sybertz. I am 16 years old and a junior at Elba Central School. I am the daughter of Josh and Meri Sybertz. I have an older brother, Jacob, and a younger sister, Annalise.
My family is originally from Massachusetts. The dairy industry was the reason for our family’s move to Western New York. My new life in Western New York has me very grateful for my family, friends, and our home.
I am active in the athletics program at Elba Central, playing volleyball for OAE and pitching the past two seasons for the Elba Lady Lancers softball team. I have been a member of the Elba Central School Drama Club for eight years. My latest roles include the Tin Man from “The Wizard of Oz” and Lumiere from “Beauty and the Beast.” I am also a member of the Junior National Honor Society.
I have proudly participated in 4-H programs and activities since I was 6 years old. I am a member of the Genesee County Dairy 4-H Club. I have shown dairy cows and dairy steers at the Genesee County Fair.
My little sister Annalise is following in my footsteps. She too has begun her 4-H Dairy Club career and has been crowned a Dairy Maid for the Genesee County Princess Court. Together, we look forward to attending events and parades to share the benefits of milk and the dairy industry.
My favorite dairy product is chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.
Hello, my name is Maggie Winspear, I am 14 years old and in ninth grade at Elba Central School. I have been in the Dairy Princess Court for five years.
I enjoy getting information on dairy products to people. I am also involved in 4-H where I show dairy cattle. I have Jersey cattle that I have shown at our county fair, the Erie County Fair and this year I went to a show in Pennsylvania.
In school, I am the secretary for our FFA chapter. Hopefully, we will see some of you at some of our outings this year.
Chloe Lamb, the daughter of Matt and Kendra Lamb, is a fifh-grader at Oakfield-Alabama Elementary School, where she is on the Student Council and plays softball and basketball.
Chloe is a member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club and the Fur & Feather Club. She loves all animals and can be found showing cows, riding horses, or raising her Polish rabbit and market chickens.
She keeps up with her busy schedule by fueling her body with delicious milk, yogurt and cheese. Ice cream certainly makes a nice reward for a softball victory or a great test score, too!
Chloe’s favorite memory from dairy promotion was the ice-cream eating contest at the last Genesee County Fair. Chloe is looking forward to another year as a Dairy Maid, helping to share how milk gets from “moo” to you!
Claire Lamb, the daughter of Matt and Kendra Lamb, is a third-grader at Oakfield-Alabama Elementary School, where she is on the Student Lighthouse team and plays soccer.
Claire enjoys showing her calves, riding horses, and doing crafts. Claire’s favorite past Dairy Maid experience is shaking butter with students at Kinderfarmin’. he loves all dairy products, but ice cream is definitely her favorite. Claire is excited to continue to serve as a Genesee County Dairy Maid and share how dairy fuels strong, healthy bodies!
Caroline Luft, the daughter of Matt and Laura Luft, is a seventh-grader at Elba Central School and enjoys running cross country and playing basketball.
She is a member of the Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club and Fur & Feather Club. She enjoys showing cows, chickens and exhibiting crafts and baked goods.
Caroline loves to bake and raise pigs for local families to buy. Caroline’s favorite past experience as a Genesee County Dairy Maid is Kinderfarmin’.
She is a huge fan of dairy products with yogurt, ice cream and cheese at the top of the list. Caroline is looking forward to continuing to educate the public on where milk comes from!
Hello, my name is Annalise Sybertz. My parents are Josh and Meri Sybertz. I am 10 years old and in the fourth grade at Elba Central School. I have an older sister, Carolyn, and an older brother, Jacob. I have my own pet cat, Stella. I also have my own barn kittens; they are brothers named Oliver and Milo.
I was a part of the play “Beauty and the Beast” at school. This is my second year in the 4-H Dairy Club and also my second year as a Genesee County Dairy Maid. My cow is named Josie and she will be having her first baby calf soon!
I hope to teach people about milk and farms. My Dad has taught me a lot about cows and the farm. I feel happy and thankful to have my animals and my family. I am grateful for my home!
Here’s a fun fact about me: my favorite ice cream is Blue Moon at Oliver’s Candies.
n Genesee County Dairy Princess Program videos and virtual programs may be found Facebook or YouTube by searching “Genesee County Dairy Princess Program.”
n For more information about American Dairy Association North East, visit www.AmericanDairy.com.