Janesville woman is Alice’ finalist
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.