2011 Spud Bowl Queen is Lorroya Romero

(10-17-2011)

Lorroya Romero, Centennial High School, was crowned the Spud Bowl Queen at Saturday's Adams State College football game.

Lorroya Romero, 2011 Spud Bowl Queen

Lorroya Romero, 2011 Spud Bowl Queen

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.

Alma Banuelos-Valdez, Sierra Grande High School; Brittany Sullivan, Monte Vista High School; Marisol Hernandez, Del Norte High School; Elizabeth Moore, Moffat High School; and Bethany Tailleur, Sanford High School; back row, Amber Reynolds, Sangre de Cristo High School; Lorroya Romero, Centennial High School; Shelbi Arredondo, Center High School; Santana Quintana, Centauri High School;  Emily Pfannenstiel, Sargent High School; and Ashley Griego, Alamosa High School. Not pictured, Brooklyn Quintana, Mountain Valley High School.

Alma Banuelos-Valdez, Sierra Grande High School; Brittany Sullivan, Monte Vista High School; Marisol Hernandez, Del Norte High School; Elizabeth Moore, Moffat High School; and Bethany Tailleur, Sanford High School; back row, Amber Reynolds, Sangre de Cristo High School; Lorroya Romero, Centennial High School; Shelbi Arredondo, Center High School; Santana Quintana, Centauri High School; Emily Pfannenstiel, Sargent High School; and Ashley Griego, Alamosa High School. Not pictured, Brooklyn Quintana, Mountain Valley High School.

The candidates included Ashley Griego, Alamosa High School; Santana Quintana, Centauri High School; Lorroya Romero, Centennial High School; Shelbi Arredondo, Center High School; Marisol Hernandez, Del Norte High School; Elizabeth Moore, Moffat High School; Brittany Sullivan, Monte Vista High School; Brooklyn Quintana, Mountain Valley High School; Bethany Tailleur, Sanford High School; Amber Reynolds, Sangre de Cristo High School; Emily Pfannenstiel, Sargent High School; and Alma Banuelos-Valdez, Sierra Grande High School.

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