I always wait to get a picture since they say more than words sometimes. Betty Janine Thompson, Chandler, Okla., has been crowned the 2006 National Jersey Queen. This is Betty and her escort during the All American Show, Brett Barlass. Brett was the winner of the National Jersey Youth Achievement Contest this year.
Thompson, active in Jersey youth projects for over 13 years, was presented the crown by 2005 National Jersey Queen Sara LaFever on November 4, 2006 during the All American Junior Banquet in Louisville, Ky. She will represent Jersey breeders throughout the United States for the next year with her participation in events such as the Annual Meeting of the American Jersey Cattle Association, World Dairy Expo and The 55th All American Jersey Show & Sale.
Betty is a high school senior and a concurrent education student at Oklahoma State University considering a double major in animal science and elementary education. Her speaking skills and leadership ability have led to her being elected President of the Oklahoma Junior Jersey Cattle Club, the Northeast District of the Oklahoma 4-H program, and of her senior class at Davenport High School.
The National Jersey Queen contest lasted two days with 11 young women from across the country competing for the coveted crown. Participants had to pass a general dairy knowledge test, were interviewed by a panel of judges, and prepared a two-minute video presentation that demonstrated their ability to represent the Jersey breed through public speaking.