2013 Spud Bowl Queen is Alanna Chacon

(10-28-2013)

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Alanna Chacon, Center High School, was crowned the Spud Bowl Queen at the Adams State University football game on October 26.

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 University.

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The candidates included, left to right, front row, Megan Gillespie, Moffat High School; Ashly Powszukiewicz, Mountain Valley High School; Jessica Crowther, Sargent High School; Susan Hand, Del Norte High School; Justine Sanchez, Centennial High School; and back row, Brittany Holcomb, Sangre de Cristo High School; Miranda Sandoval, Antonito High School; Veranique Vigil, Sierra Grande High School; Alyssia Torres, Monte Vista High School; Lais Harmsen, Sanford High School; Tausha Vigil, Centauri High School; Alanna Chacon, Center High School; and Jordan Hicks, Alamosa High School.

Judges for this year's contest were Linda Weyers, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, Tammy Lopez, executive director of the ASU Foundation, and Virginia Meyers, Mountain Valley Produce.