Janesville woman is ‘Alice’ finalist

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Gazette staff
March 24, 2012
— A Janesville woman is among six finalists to be the 65th Alice in Dairyland.

Ann Marie Ames, a reporter at The Gazette, grew up active in Rock County 4-H and showed cattle from her grandparentsí farm, Ames-Way Farms.

Ames covers police and courts for The Gazette and earlier covered agricultural issues for the newspaper. She also is a gardener at the Rock County Community Garden and a classroom volunteer at Roosevelt Elementary School.

Ames will graduate from UW-Rock County in May with an associate degree.

The Alice in Dairyland finalists will compete for the title May 17-19.

Alice in Dairyland is a full-time public relations employee of The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and serves a one-year contract term.

Other finalists are:

- Rachel Erickson, Oshkosh, a UW-River Falls graduate with a degree in agricultural education.

- Danielle Hammer, Beaver Dam, who graduates in May from UW-River Falls with a degree in agricultural business and a minor in international studies.

- Sarah Holm, Elk Mound, who works as a freelance writer and majors in political science at UW-Eau Claire.

- Amy Manske, Green Bay, who is a student at UW-Green Bay majoring in communication with an emphasis on journalism and public relations.

- Rochelle Ripp, Lodi, who is an associate marketing executive at Filament Marketing in Madison. She graduated from UW-Platteville in 2009 with an agribusiness degree in communications.

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