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Dubuque County Dairy Princess Emily Bonert is flanked by her parents Matt and Ann Bonert.

Emily Bonert, of Epworth, was crowned the 52nd annual Dubuque County Dairy Princess in April.

Bonert, 17, attends Western Dubuque High School and will be a senior next fall. She is active in cross country and soccer, and is also the vice president for her 4-H club, the Placid Pepper Uppers.

She is also the student body vice president, in the Future Business Leaders of America, and in the Silver Cord program. She spends her time outside on her farm, showing cattle at the county fair, and loves to be around her family and friends.

In 2009, Bonert was named Little Miss Dairy Maid for Dubuque County.

“I learned so much from the older princesses that granted me with an amazing opportunity and learning experience about the dairy industry and helping in the community,” Bonert said.

She explained that she wants to become a role model for the younger Little Miss Dairy Maids and help share her love for the dairy industry.

As princess, Bonert serves ice cream at different community events, and has visited with preschoolers while showing them around her family’s farm.

Since June is dairy month, Bonert visits the first babies born in June and presents them with a gift basket. She also said she will be giving out ice cream at the Dyersville Library from 11-12:30 p.m. June 26, which will be the third time she has served there during June Dairy Month.

One of the things about taking the elementary schoolers to the farm that Bonert enjoys the most is the experience they are getting by seeing a dairy operation up close.

“When they visit the farm, feed calves, or see a cow being milked, their faces light up and it makes me feel extremely blessed,” she said.

Bonert said she loves going out into the community and educating the public about the dairy industry as a whole. She also loves being able to help others in any way that she can. She said she cares a great deal for her community and loves being able to help whenever she is able to.

Emily is the daughter of Matt and Ann Bonert.