Hereford High School senior Renee Wilson was crowned Maryland Dairy Princess at a pageant held on July 17 inFrederick.
Wilson, 17, lives on her family's 350-acre dairy farm in Parkton, where she helps with daily feeding and milking chores.
She is the daughter of Steve and Kelly Wilson and is the fourth generation of the family to work on the farm. It currently has 400 cows, 146 of which are milked. She owns 50 cows that she has shown at the Hereford Junior Farm Fair, Baltimore County 4-H Fair and the Maryland State Fair.
"I was shocked but pleasantly surprised that I won," she said. "This is the first year I've done any contest like this."
Wilson was named Upper Chesapeake Dairy Princess on May 29 as she competed against three other girls for the regional title. There were a total of six girls vying for the state title.
Wilson is on the honor roll at Hereford High School, where she is also president of the Future Farmers of America club. She helped create that group's annual Ag Day for the community. She is also president of the Parkton 4-H Club.
Wilson said her duties as Dairy Princess include attending special events such as parades, fairs and festivals, doing school and mall promotions and helping to promote Maryland's dairy farms.
When school opens later this month, Wilson will work as an intern at Hereford Middle School and North Carroll High School as an agricultural educator's assistant.
She hopes to go to college to study agricultural education, public relations and communications. Ultimately, she'd like to teach agriculture at the high-school level.