MEET OUR NEW DAIRY QUEEN
Ambassador role a dream come true
MONTO State High School senior Alexsis Larsen has been crowned this year’s Dairy Queen.
Born and raised in the district, the 2018 Dairy Festival ambassador grew up admiring the long line of queens and princesses that came before her.
Ms Larsen, sponsored by Monto Rotary Club, was selected from a strong field of six dairy princesses at a lavish affair at Colonial Motor Inn on Friday.
Her reaction when her name was read out was disbelief but Ms Larsen said she was thrilled to continue one of the town’s timehonoured traditions.
“I sat there for a few seconds to make sure I had heard the right name,” she said.
“I’m so proud to represent the Dairy Festival and Monto. We started as a dairy community so it’s important to hang on to these traditions. But it’s not just about dairy history, it’s about Monto’s history.”
The aspiring chemical engineer has just three weeks of classes before graduating high school.
While still tossing up her options, she said she hopes to complete a Bachelor of Engineering and Diploma of Professional Practice, a four-and-a-half year honours program at Central Queensland University’s Rockhampton campus.
“I always enjoyed maths and science and want to find a career that benefits other people’s lives,” the 17-year-old said.
“When I figured out what engineering was I knew that’s what I wanted to do.”
Ms Larsen said she had been blown away by the overwhelming support from the community.
Dressed in her sash and crown at Saturday’s parade, she couldn’t walk more than a few steps down Newton St without being stopped by well-wishers.
“I’ve already got so much out of the experience,” Ms Larsen said.
“I thought it would just be a bit of fun, I didn’t realise how much it meant to people – my grandparents were so happy.
“It really hit me walking down the main street this morning when everyone was coming up and hugging me.”
PROUD: James Sinclair, Russell Larsen, 2018 Dairy Queen Alexsis Larsen and Monto Rotary Club president John Sinclair.