Waushara County is hosting the 64th
Wisconsin Alice in Dairyland Finals
May 12-14, 2011
 Meet the 2011 Alice in Dairyland Finalists

Holly Melander

Holly Melander, Merrill, is an account manager for IPAP, Independent Procurement Alliance Program. Melander was raised on her family’s maple sugar bush operation, Leafy Grove Maple, and was active in 4-H. She recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in communications and an emphasis in public relations. She served as the Wisconsin Maple Queen in 2007 and interned at Cumulus Broadcasting and the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. In college, she was an ambassador, peer mentor, and chair of The Ball for Autism. Melander has also been a freelance writer for The Business News and an account manager for Leonard & Finco Public Relations, Inc.
   

Melissa Ploeckelman

Melissa Ploeckelman, Stetsonville, is currently working on her family’s dairy farm, substitute teaching, and volunteering for Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. She has been very involved in 4-H and FFA throughout her life. Ploeckelman graduated in December, after a semester abroad in Scotland, from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a degree in agricultural education. She served as a State FFA Officer in 2006-07 and the Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs in 2009. During college, Ploeckelman was active in the Agricultural Education Society, Alpha Tau Alpha, and the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT), where she was a radio broadcaster for “ACT on Ag Radio.”
  

Amy Roden

Amy Roden, West Bend, works at Rob-n-Cin Farms, her family’s dairy farm, and is a beekeeper. She was very active in 4-H and continues to be an Ozaukee County 4-H Leader. Roden graduated in December from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where she received a degree in organizational communication. Roden served as the 2009 Wisconsin Honey Queen and the 2010 American Honey Princess, where she travelled across the nation to promote the honey and beekeeping industry through presentations, interviews, and classroom lessons. While in college, Roden was also the UW-La Crosse Campus Activities Board Cellar Coordinator. She is a member of the Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Agriculturists.
  

Sarah Sacker

Sarah Sacker, Monroe, is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will graduate in May with degrees in dairy science and life sciences communication. She was raised on her family’s dairy farm and was involved in 4-H and FFA. Sacker served as the 2005-06 Green County Dairy Queen. She is currently active on campus in the Badger Dairy Club, Association of Women in Agriculture (AWA), and the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA). Sacker is also a founding member of Wisconsin’s first Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter. Sacker has been an intern at Spring Grove Dairy and Sassy Cow Creamery, and she has worked at Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese.
  

Katie Wirkus

Katie Wirkus, Athens, is a data analyst at Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc. Wirkus grew up actively involved on her family’s dairy and swine farm and in 4-H. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in December with degrees in agricultural education and mathematics. She was selected as the 2008 Wisconsin Jersey Queen and the 2009 Wisconsin Valley Fairest of the Fair. Wirkus was involved in the Agricultural Education Society and Alpha Tau Alpha while in college. She volunteers as a 4-H swine leader and as the Educational Chairperson of the Marathon County Market Animal Show and Sale Committee.

     

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