2015 Spud Bowl Queen is Faleen Lobato
Faleen Lobato, Centennial High School, was crowned the Spud Bowl Queen at the Adams State University football game on October 17.
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.
The 2014 Spud Bowl Queen and current Adams State student, Taylor Hackett; Spud Bowl Judge Linda Weyers; the 2015 Queen Faleen Lobato; and Adams State President Beverlee McClure.
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 offer 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 2015 Adams State Spud Bowl candidates included, left to right, seated, Jordyn Johnson, Alamosa High School; Caleigh Cowan, Monte Vista High School; Sarah Schaller, Sargent High School; Brooke Slane, Sangre de Cristo High School; and Yosedit Romero, Center High School; standing, left to right, Aurora Quintana, Sierra Grande High School; Amanda Silva, Centauri High School; Lilliana Chavez, Sanford High School; Faleen Lobato, Centennial High School; Cheyenne Atencio, Antonito High School; and Alejandra Dupont, Del Norte High School.
Judges for this year's contest were Linda Weyers and Virginia Myers, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, and Maria Valdez, Adams State University accounting technician II.