KAUFFMAN, Pa. — Danae Oliver, 18, of State Line, Pa., was crowned the 2012-13 Franklin County Dairy Princess on Friday during the 45th annual pageant at the Kauffman Ruritan Community Center.
Danae, the daughter of Steve and Shelby Oliver, will graduate from Greencastle-Antrim High School next month. She will be promoting Franklin County’s dairy industry for the coming year.
The pageant is sponsored by the Franklin County Dairy Promotion Committee. Also assisting with the promotional activities will be a group of Dairy Misses and Dairy Ambassadors — Katelyn Baer, Rebecca Benedict, Grace Crider, Lucy Crider, Ashley Dice, Amanda Hege, Jaicee Keller and Maggie Keller.
During her skit presentation designed for school-aged children, Danae assumed the character of the Dairy Fairy, sister of the Tooth Fairy. In a costume complete with wings, Danae read a rhyming storybook, “Where Does Milk Come From.”
In her speech to the audience titled “The Care and Making of Happy Cows,” Danae stated her case that cows are happy anywhere, not just California.
Danae was crowned by 2011-12 Dairy Princess Renee Grove. Franklin County Commissioner Bob Thomas served as 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 are employed by Cumberland Valley Analytical Services in Hagerstown, 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 Greencastle-Antrim High School, where she maintains a 4.06 grade-point average 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 with ministries at her church.