Teyanna Loether of Sauk City has been chosen as Wisconsin's 68th Alice in Dairyland.
As Alice, Loether will work as a communications professional for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Her job will be to educate the public about the importance of agriculture in Wisconsin.
"My lifelong goal is to communicate the positive impacts of agriculture," Loether said. "As the 68th Alice in Dairyland, I would bring a creative flair to communicating the strength and diversity of Wisconsin agriculture."
Loether will graduate in May with a master's degree in animal sciences from University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is studying reproductive physiology. She grew up on a dairy farm and showed horses, chickens, and swine at the Sauk County Fair, where she served as the 2010 Fairest of the Fair. During graduate school, she worked as a teaching assistant, tutor and earned a Delta Certificate in Research, Teaching, and Learning.
Loether was selected at the culmination of three days of final interview events in Manitowoc County. The events included agribusiness tours, speeches, a public question-and-answer session and media interviews. The other candidates were Kristin Klossner of New Glarus, Cassie Mayer of Slinger, Stephanie Nagel of Valders and Dormie Roberts of Burlington.
Loether will start working as Alice on June 1. She succeeds 67th Alice in Dairyland Zoey Brooks of Waupaca. As Alice, Loether will travel about 40,000 miles speaking at events and giving media interviews. She will present lessons in more than 100 Wisconsin classrooms in partnership with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
A number of other Wisconsin organizations contribute to make Alice in Dairyland visible and recognizable to the public. For example, Loether will wear and keep a custom mink garment to promote Wisconsin's fur industry courtesy of the Kettle Moraine Mink Breeders Association. She will drive an E-85 flex-fuel Chevrolet Tahoe from the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association to promote the state's ethanol industry. While working, Loether will wear a 14-carat gold and platinum brooch or tiara, both of which feature amethysts and citrines, gems indigenous to Wisconsin. The tiara and brooch are courtesy of the Wisconsin Jewelers Association. Many other Wisconsin organizations support the Alice program by funding media campaigns.
To schedule the 68th Alice in Dairyland for an event or classroom visit, contact Program Manager Becky Paris at 608-224-5115 or [email protected]. Follow Alice online at facebook.com/DATCPAliceInDairyland or twitter.com/Alice_Dairyland.