Congratulations to Penn Manor High School Junior Kylee Hlavaty, who was recently named Lancaster County Dairy Princess.
As princess, Kylee will promote the dairy industry at local festivals, schools and other venues, such as grocery stores. Her duties also may include passing out samples of dairy products and giving lessons on dairy in classrooms.
She began serving as princess on June 1.
Kylee learned about the dairy princess program from her grandmother, Joyce Folmer, who was a dairy princess herself in 1977 and encouraged her to apply. Kylee’s family previously owned and operated dairy farms, and she works on a farm in Lebanon County.
To qualify for the title, Kylee had to perform a skit, give a speech on the topic of consuming dairy after exercise and answer an impromptu question: What would you say to an official who is looking to remove flavored milks from schools?
Kylee said she was so happy when she learned she was named princess that she cried.
“I am very excited for this opportunity, and would encourage any girl who meets the criteria to run in the future,” she said. “This program helps you to build your confidence, attitude and public speaking. It’s also a great opportunity to make long-lasting friendships!”
She plans to compete for the title of Pennsylvania Dairy Princess in September.
Kylee is a member of Manor FFA and is enrolled in the agricultural education program at Penn Manor High School. After graduation, she plans to attend Penn State University and work as a large animal veterinarian.