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82-Lancaster Farming, Saturday, September 30, 1995 Rhonda Kieklak Awards LOU ANN GOOD Lancaster Farming Staff HARRISBURG (Dauphin Co.) “1 assure you that every chance 1 gel, 1 will help Pennsylvania to appreciate da 07 fanners more,” Rhonda Joy Kieklak promised the crowd attending the 39th Pennsyl vania Dairy Princess Coronation. It was no idle promise from the 17-ycar-old, who hugs her dad every day and tells him that she’s glad to be A dairy farmer’s daught er. She’d like to see a Farmer’s Appreciation Day proclaimed for what she calls the unsung heroes dairy farmers. Her dad, Richard, missed the opportunity of seeing his daughter sweep awards in every category at the pageant competition held in Harrisburg last Saturday. “Dad hasn’t had a vacation m 21 years He’s a very dedicated far mer,” Rhonda said of her dad’s hesitation to travel Irom the family larm in hue C ounty to Harrisburg. Perhaps it is his dedication that Rhonda has learned to emulate. The lights dim and music gathers momentum as waiters march the fulj length of the banquet room to serve pitchers of milk to the’more than 400 guests attending the pageant. Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Rhonda Joy Kieklak with First Alternate Heather Oberholtzer of Lancaster County, left, and Second Alternate Yvonne Peterman of Lycoming County, right, are eager to promote the dairy Industry across the state. At State “Whatever Rhonda does, she throws her whole seif into it and does well,” said her mother Robin. She certainly did well during the two-day competition among 34 county dairy princesses vying for the state title. Rhonda look tro phies in presentation, speech, and scrapbook categories, and was vot ed Miss Congeniality by fellow contestants for being the friend liest and most outgoing. Rhonda will be assisted m state promotional duties by First Alter nate Heather Oberholtzer, daught er of Clair and LaVeme Oberholl /.cr Irom Lancaster County, and Second Alternate Yvonne Peter man, daughter of Kendall and Cheryl Peterman from Lycoming County A panel of lour judges selected seven finalists Irom the 34 contes tants on stage In addition to Rhon da, Heather, and Yvonne, the other (our finalists were Melanie Snyder representing Clarion-Venango counties; Beth Marshall, repre senting Beaver-Lawrence Coun- Sweeps Pageant lies; Jodi Lynn Colton, Bradford County; and Tracy Post, Crawford County. To determine poise and the abil ity to speak fluently while under pressure, the seven finalists were asked an impromptu question before the 400 people in the audi ence. The question asked by mas ter of ceremonies Grover Gouker was, “What was the best advice you ever received and who gave it to you?” Rhonda said that the best advice she ever received was from her parents and that is to follow in God’s footsteps. “If you follow God and keep your head, you can accomplish anything,” she said. (Turn to Pag* B 3) The seven finalists selected from 33 county dairy princesses are from left, Lancas ter County Dairy Princess Heather Oberholtzer, Crawford County Dairy Princess Tra cy Lynn Post, Bradford County Dairy Princess Jodi Lynn Colton, Pennsylvania and Erie County Dairy Princess Rhonda Kiekiak, Lycoming County Dairy Princess Yvonne Peterman, Clarion-Venango Dairy Princess Melanie Kay Snyder, and Beaver**' Lawrence Dairy Princess Betti Marshall. as she takes the traditional walk down the runway at the 39th Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Coronation. Homestead NOTES Eager to someday wear the crown, 3-year-old Lynne ran up to congratu late the new state princess. Her mother, Tam my Cree Christopher, was the state dairy princess In 1983.