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Signore named a top-seven finalist at dairy pageant

October 13, 2006

CAMP HILL, Pa. - When Sarah Signore was crowned Franklin County Dairy Princess in June, the 17-year-old Greencastle-Antrim High School senior said she was satisfied to promote the county's largest industry within her own county.

On Sept. 23, at the Radisson Convention Center that predestination came close to changing during the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Coronation. After competing for three days with 28 other young women from throughout Pennsylvania, Sarah was not only selected as the top skit/presentation winner and an honorable mention speech winner, she was selected as a top-seven finalist.

"I was extremely proud to have the opportunity to represent Franklin County in this year's 50th anniversary state dairy princess pageant," said Sarah following the event.

"It was a wonderful experience to meet all the county princesses from throughout the state and make some new lifelong friends."

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Prior to being selected a finalist, Sarah was one of two contestants selected to present her skit to the crowd of 400 that gathered for the 50th annual state coronation. The skit was the same presentation she performed at the local pageant and one that she uses at local promotions for school-aged children.

The skit, "The Nightmare," explored what a world without dairy products would be like. Sarah awoke from a nightmare in which the world had no cows and therefore no dairy products or foods like milk shakes or pizza. After soothing her nightmare with a song to the tune of "My Favorite Things," where butter and yogurt and ice cream and cheese were the items on the list, and demonstrating all the activities that dairy products help her to accomplish, Sarah vowed to never return to that world again.

Sarah was also one of five contestants recognized for her speech. She won honorable mention honors with "The Experience of a Lifetime," that included a wish for all youngsters to be able to experience the dairy industry.

Beaver County Dairy Princess Sarah Caldwell was crowned the new state diary princess with alternates Crawford County Dairy Princess Katie Waddell and Bedford County Dairy Princess Vanessa Ebersole.

The daughter of Dan and Darlene Signore, Sarah has been conducting dairy promotion activities in the county and will continue throughout her reign until June 2007. Also part of the team promoting the county's top industry, dairy with a group of Dairy Misses and Dairy Ambassadors for the next year.

That group includes Grace Crider, Amanda Hege, Lucy Crider, Lily Rodas, Renee Grove, Quinn Cashell, Jesse Kline and Kelsey Myers.

Sarah has been involved in raising dairy animals since she was a young girl, joining the Greencastle-Antrim 4-H Dairy Club in 1999. Sarah has earned project book awards each year. She has been named the Most Outstanding First Year member and received the 4-H Junior Achievement Award.

Sarah plans to attend college to study journalism/creative writing following graduation with the G-AHS class of 2007. She would like to play college softball. She currently works part-time for the Echo Pilot newspaper in Greencastle where she is a sports columnist/general writer.

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