2009 Spud Bowl Queen is Shelby Moeller

(10-22-2009)

Shelby Moeller, Centauri, is the 2009 Spud Bowl Queen.

Shelby Moeller, Centauri High School, 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 Adams State 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.

Left to right, back row, Megan Blea, Antonito High School; Shelby Moeller, Centauri High School; Brenda Beltran, Sangre de Cristo High School; Brianna Torrez, Center High School; Heather Ortega, Mountain Valley High School; Tiffany Lovato, Centennial High School; Amy Garcia, Sierra Grande High School; Lenna Jones, Moffat High School; and Brooke Claunch, Monte Vista High School; front row, Calla Uhrich, Creede High School; Kara Trujillo, Del Norte High School; Jerrica Fringer, Sanford High School; Kassandra Howard, Alamosa High School; and Kari Padilla, Sargent High School.

The candidates included: Kassandra Howard, Alamosa High School; Megan Blea, Antonito High School; Shelby Moeller, Centauri High School; Tiffany Lovato, Centennial High School; School; Brianna Torrez, Center High School; Calla Uhrich, Creede High School; Kara Trujillo, Del Norte High School; Lenna Jones, Moffat High School; Brooke Claunch, Monte Vista High School; Heather Ortega, Mountain Valley High School; Jerrica Fringer, Sanford High School; Brenda Beltran, Sangre de Cristo High School; Kari Padilla, Sargent High School; and Amy Garcia, Sierra Grande High School.

Left to right, Hope Rheingans, 2008 Spud Bowl Queen; Danny Neufeld, Spud Bowl judge; 2009 Spud Bowl Queen Shelby Moeller; President David Svaldi; James Trujillo, Spud Bowl judge.

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