2007 Spud Bowl Queen is Amber Harlan

(10-15-2007)

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Amber Harlan, Monte Vista, is the 2007 Spud Bowl Queen.

Amber Harlan, Monte Vista, was crowned the Spud Bowl Queen at Saturday's Adams State College football game.

The Spud Bowl tradition began in 1946, when the potato farmers in the Valley were asked to contribute sacks of spuds to the college, which, in turn, were converted into cash to supplement the athletic program. The tradition and spirit have continued, and Spud Bowl remains a highlight of each football season.

Each year, San Luis Valley schools are asked to nominate a senior as a candidate for Spud Bowl Queen. The candidates are interviewed during the morning of Spud Bowl by a panel of judges, and a winner is then selected and announced at halftime of the football game. The Colorado Potato Administrative Committee and the Adams State College Foundation offers one semester tuition scholarships to each candidate, with the student selected as Spud Bowl Queen receiving a one year tuition, room, and board scholarship to Adams State College.

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Joline Lobato, Antonito High School; Amanda Gonzalez, Sargent High School; Ana Banuelos-Valdez, Sierra Grande High School; Ginny Parham, Creede High School; Amber Harlan, Monte Vista High School; and Mari Stoeber, Sangre de Cristo High School; seated - Nuvia Soto-Castillo, Center High School; Grace Avila, Sanford High School; Amanda Ruybal, Centauri High School; Cassandra Cordova, Centennial High School; Angelica Monclova, Alamosa High School; and Samantha Martinez, Del Norte High School.

The candidates included: Angelica Monclova, Alamosa High School; Joline Lobato, Antonito High School; Amanda Ruybal, Centauri High School; Cassandra Cordova, Centennial High School; Nuvia Soto-Castillo, Center High School; Ginny Parham, Creede High School; Samantha Martinez, Del Norte High School; Katherine Glindmeyer, Moffat High School; Amber Harlan, Monte Vista High School; Sara Morfitt, Mountain Valley High School; Grace Avila, Sanford High School; Mari Stoeber, Sangre de Cristo High School; Amanda Gonzalez, Sargent High School; and Ana Banuelos-Valdez, Sierra Grande High School.

Judges for this year's contest were Danny Neufeld and Brett Deacon, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, and James Trujillo, executive assistant to the President/Board of Trustees of Adams State College.

By Linda Relyea