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AHS students named county dairy ambassadors

Snohomish County Dairy Ambassador Erin Peek, left, and Ambassador Alternate Shana Morcom. - Courtesy photo.
Snohomish County Dairy Ambassador Erin Peek, left, and Ambassador Alternate Shana Morcom.
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ARLINGTON — On Saturday, April 14, two Arlington High School students were elected as the Snohomish County Dairy Ambassador and Ambassador Alternate.

Erin Peek is an AHS junior who was chosen to serve as the Dairy Ambassador for 2012-13. She currently serves as the AHS FFA chapter vice president, and will serve next year as the Washington District 1 FFA sentinel. In addition to her responsibilities with FFA, Peek is active in showing animals at fairs and competitions. Her experience of living on a family farm, where they raise farm animals and produce, offers her an in-depth understanding of the benefits the community receives from local farming.

AHS senior Shana Morcom has been selected as the Ambassador Alternate. She's the current FFA chapter reporter, and recently retired as the Washington District 1 FFA reporter. Morcom starts each day by hand-milking her dairy cow on her own family farm. Attending Everett Community College next year is important to her, so she can stay local and participate in the Washington state dairy activities. Morcom also plans to take flying lessons to obtain her pilot's license, like her dad.

Peek and Morcom will represent Snohomish County and its dairy industry as ambassadors and spokespersons at public events and activities. Both students will also represent Snohomish County on the state level, and their responsibilities will include educating the public about the value of dairy products and the dairy industry, and informing the urban population in Washington state about the dairy industry as a contemporary business vital to the local economy.

The 2012 Washington State Dairy Ambassador Coronation Banquet took place at the Medallion Hotel.

"These ladies are great representatives of the dairy industry, Snohomish County, Arlington High School and the Arlington Public Schools," said Andrea Conley, spokesperson for the Arlington School District. "We offer congratulations for their accomplishments."

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