State Line teen crowned new county dairy princess

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Danae Oliver of State Line is the newly crowned 2012-13 Franklin County Dairy Princess. The Greencastle-Antrim High School senior, who will attend Penn State in the fall and plans a career in veterinary medicine, will lead a team during the next year promoting milk and dairy products. She will be on Kaley Field Saturday for the Greencastle Relay for Life, where she will build and serve a giant ice cream sundae at 2 p.m. Oliver was crowned during the annual pageant at Kauffman Ruritan Friday, May 11.

KAUFFMAN — Danae Oliver, 18, of State Line, was crowned the 2012-2013 Franklin County Dairy Princess Friday, May 11 during the 45th annual pageant held at the Kauffman Ruritan Community Center.

The pageant is sponsored by the Franklin County Dairy Promotion Committee.

The daughter of Steve and Shelby Oliver, Danae will graduate from Greencastle-Antrim High School next month. She will be promoting Franklin County's dairy industry for the coming year.

Also assisting with the promotional activities will be a group of Dairy Misses and Dairy Ambassadors: Katelyn Baer, Rebecca Benedict, Grace Crider, Ashley Dice, Lucy Crider, Amanda Hege, Maggie Keller and Jaicee Keller.

During her skit presentation designed for school-aged children, Danae assumed the character of the “Dairy Fairy”, sister of the “Tooth Fairy”. In costume complete with wings, Danae read a rhyming storybook “Where Does Milk Come From”. She began, “We all love milk. Everyone knows it comes from cows. It ends up in your refrigerator. But have you ever wondered how?”

After taking her audience from cows to milk tank to milk truck to the dairies and the grocery store, she proclaimed, “Milk is a big part of our lives. Not only is it yummy, it is also good for your health. Your milk comes from a good place. It all starts with the cows and eventually makes its way to you, so that you can enjoy it.”

In her speech to the audience called, “The Care and Making of Happy Cows”, Danae stated her case that cows are happy anywhere, not just California. “Dairy farmers throughout Pennsylvania provide quality care to their cows, feeding balanced and nutritious diets, providing medical care and ensuring a safe and comfortable environment.

“Cows are the main element on a dairy farm; quality care to these animals not only ensures the happiness and well-being of the animals, but also the production and success of the farm. So you see, happy cows aren't just in California, but right here on dairy farms in Pennsylvania.”

The new princess was crowned by 2011-2012 Dairy Princess Renee Grove. Renee issued thanks to numerous people during her farewell speech.

Franklin County Commissioner Robert Thomas served as the master of ceremonies

Danae will be an animal science major at Penn State University in the fall. She plans to attend veterinary school and become a large animal veterinarian.

Danae's father and one of her sisters is employed at Cumberland Valley Analytical Services in Hagerstown, Md., a nationally- and internationally-recognized provider of quality forage and feed evaluation services. Danae is currently completing an internship at Greencastle Veterinary Hospital, where she works with her uncle, Dr. Alan Oliver, and her cousin, Dr. Daniel Oliver.

Danae is a member of the National Honor Society at G-AHS, where she maintains a 4.06 GPA and participates in the Early-to-College program at Penn State Mont Alto. Her high school activities include band, choir and indoor guard, where she served as captain this past year.

Outside of school she is active in the Five Forks Church youth group and is a 4-H horse club member. She does volunteer work with Greencastle MOPS, Hagerstown Rescue Mission, and also with ministries at her church.

Danae Oliver portrayed the Dairy Fairy for her skit aimed at school-aged children.