2017 Spud Bowl Queen is Malyka Medina


blue sky with malyka medina receiving the sash from spud bowl judge roger mix adams state president beverlee j mcclure stands behind mix. malyka is smiling and looking down at the sash

Roger Mix, representing the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, places the 2017 Spud Bowl Queen sash on Malyka Medina, Center High School, at halftime during the Adams State vs School of Mines football game on November 4.

The Spud Bowl tradition began in 1946, when the potato farmers in the Valley were asked to contribute sacks of spuds to the university, 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.

malyka medina stands before a large stone wall with rose colored bricks she wears her center high school sash and the green spud bowl sash and holds in her hands red roses she wears glasses and the queen tiara and is smiling he dress is black and blue colored

Each year, San Luis Valley high schools are asked to nominate a senior candidate for Spud Bowl Queen. The candidates are interviewed during the morning by a panel of judges, and the winner is selected and announced at halftime of the football game. The Colorado Potato Administrative Committee and Adams State award scholarships consisting of $1000 to Adams State to each contestant and $2000 to Adams State to the Spud Bowl Queen.

Judges for this year's contest were Roger Mix and Matt Seger, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, and Tammy Lopez, Adams State University executive director of the ASU Foundation.

The Spud Bowl queen candidates five seated and five standing behind all are smiling the seated row includes, left to right, Malyka Medina, wearing a dark blue dress with a black long-sleeved jacket; Caitlyn Paine, wearing a black skirt and black and white blouse; Caroline Van Berkum, wearing a black skirt and black and white blouse; Joslyn Garcia, wearing a nice black suit; Alana Hackett, wearing a maroon dress; the candidates standing can only be seen from the waist up, left to right, Jessica Gamboa, wearing a white blouse; Kadee Crowther, wearing a grey blouse; nina vigil, wearing a white top; and Lesli Lopez Gonzalez and Ila Jolly, both wearing black tops, all wear the sashes representing their high schools

The 2017 Adams State Spud Bowl candidates included, left to right, seated, Malyka Medina, Center High School; Caitlyn Paine, Sanford High School; Caroline Van Berkum, Centauri High School; Joslyn Garcia, Antonito High School; and Alana Hackett, Alamosa High School; standing, left to right, Jessica Gamboa, Centennial High School; Kadee Crowther, Sargent High School; Nina Vigil, Sierra Grande High School; Lesli Lopez Gonzalez, Monte Vista High School; and Ila Jolly, Del Norte High School.