MEET OUR NEW DAIRY QUEEN

Am­bas­sador role a dream come true

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Macken­zie Co­la­han Macken­zie.Co­la­han@cnbtimes.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: MACKEN­ZIE CO­LA­HAN

PROUD: James Sin­clair, Rus­sell Larsen, 2018 Dairy Queen Alex­sis Larsen and Monto Rotary Club pres­i­dent John Sin­clair.

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