Clark County is hosting the 67th
Wisconsin Alice in Dairyland Finals
May 15-17, 2014
 Meet the 2014 Alice in Dairyland Finalists
   
   

 
Allyson Binversie

Allyson Binversie, Manitowoc, is a Master’s candidate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Gonzaga University, graduating in 2012 from Gonzaga with a degree in Psychology and Certificate in Leadership Studies. While in college, Binversie was Development Intern and Supervisor for the Office of University Relations and currently is Assistant Director of University Marketing and Communications for Chegg. Binversie served as Miss Green Bay Area 2013, promoting her platform “Buy Local, Buy Fresh” through media interviews, classroom lessons and the Miss Wisconsin Pageant. Binversie was the 2008 Manitowoc County Fairest of the Fair and continues to stay involved in fair activities.
   

  
  

Zoey Brooks

Zoey Brooks, Waupaca, will graduate this spring from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in animal science. As the sixth generation on her family’s dairy and grain farm, she looks forward to growing the business in the future. Brooks serves as Dane County Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom coordinator and as a Director At-Large for her Collegiate Farm Bureau. She has held internships with the Food Export Association of the Midwest and with UW-Extension. Brooks has also gained experience working with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association.
  

 
 

Katie Dogs

Katie Dogs, Watertown, is the public relations manager at Didion Milling. She oversees the company's marketing, communications and public relations. Dogs grew up on her family’s farm near Theresa. She earned a degree in life sciences communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. As a student, Dogs completed internships at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Alltech and East Central/Select Sires. Prior to her position at Didion Milling, she was an assistant account executive at Osborn+Barr. Dogs volunteers with Dodge County 4-H and is active in the National Agri-Marketing Association and Agriculture Future of America.
   

 
  

Kristin Klossner

Kristin Klossner, New Glarus, is a substitute teacher in the New Glarus and Monticello school districts, specializing in special education. Klossner graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she majored in secondary education with a minor in dairy science. She grew up on her family’s farm and raised dairy show heifers, beef steers and show rabbits. Klossner is a local and state leader with 4-H, FFA and the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association. She is annually part of the Agriculture and Entry Department Staff at the Wisconsin State Fair. Klossner was a Wisconsin Holstein Association Princess Attendant in 2007.
  

 
   

Melissa Ploeckelman

Melissa Ploeckelman, Stetsonville, is the Colby High School and Middle School agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor. She grew up on her family’s dairy farm and was very involved in 4-H and FFA. Ploeckelman graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2010 with a degree in agricultural education. During college, she studied for a semester in Scotland and was active in several organizations. Ploeckelman was a volunteer coordinator for the 2010 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in Marathon County. She served as a State FFA Officer in 2006-07 and the Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs in 2009.
   

  
  

Whitney Rathke

Whitney Rathke, Fredonia, is a graduate student at Concordia University Wisconsin and employed as an afterschool educator at Jefferson Elementary in Beaver Dam. She grew up on her family’s beef farm and was very active in 4-H and FFA. Rathke graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2011 with an agribusiness degree and animal science minor. At UW-Platteville, she held leadership roles in Sigma Alpha and was a School of Agriculture teaching assistant. After graduation, Rathke served two year-long terms as an AmeriCorps/VISTA member with UW-Extension Dodge County. She served as the 2007 Ozaukee County Fairest of the Fair.
  

      

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