2014 Spud Bowl Queen is Taylor Hackett


Alanna Chacon crowns the 2014 Queen, Taylor Hackett

The 2013 Spud Bowl Queen Alanna Chacon crowns the 2014 Queen, Taylor Hackett, during the Adams State University football game on October 25.

Taylor Hackett, Alamosa High School, is the 2014 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 University.

The candidates included, left to right, Kaitlin Lowder, Sargent High School; Destiny Rosas, Antonito High School; Abbey Stagner, Sangre de Cristo High School; Samantha Medina, Sanford High School; Elaine Wellman, Moffat High School; Adriana Fernandez, Mountain Valley High School; Leah Aziz, Centauri High School; Aidee Valles, Center High School; Mia Perez, Sierra Grande High School; Kaitlin Martinez, Del Norte High School; Christa Valdez, Centennial High School; Shelby Hindes, Monte Vista High School; and Taylor Hackett, Alamosa High School.

Judges for this year's contest were Linda Weyers and Danny Neufeld, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, and Tammy Lopez, executive director of the Adams State University Foundation.