2012 Spud Bowl Queen is LaShonda Espinosa

(10-01-2012)

LaShonda Espinosa, Monte Vista High School, was crowned the Spud Bowl Queen at the Adams State University football game on September 29.

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, front row, LaShonda Espinosa, Monte Vista High School; Victoria Vialpando, Sierra Grande High School; Jessica Gilmore, Sangre de Cristo High School; Kharesa Rivera, Center High School; Danielle Sierra, Del Norte High School; and Rebecca Drake, Moffat High School; back row, Alexis Albert, Centennial High School; Jasmine Mejia, Alamosa High School; Danae Sanchez, Antonito High School; Tai Zollers, Sargent High School; Nicole Salazar, Sanford High School; Heather Brophy, Creede High School; and Alyssa Jarvies, Centauri High School.

Judges for this year's contest were Linda Weyers, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, James Trujillo, executive assistant to the President/Board of Trustees of Adams State College, and Jennifer Gawronski, Adams State assistant professor of art.