A dozen young swine enthusiasts will compete next month for the right to represent the Iowa Pork Producers Association on the Iowa Pork Youth Team in 2014.

Various activities will be held next month at the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines to determine who will serve as the Iowa Pork Queen, Pork Princess and Premier Pork Youth Ambassador during the year.

All of the contestants will be judged on their overall knowledge of the pork industry and Iowa agriculture, interviewing and communications skills, poise and presentation.

Nine county pork queens will vie for the state queen and princess titles. One of three other young candidates will be named the new pork ambassador.

Here are the candidates who are competing for the respective titles:

2014 Iowa Pork Queen Contestants

  • Stephanie Nielsen, Denver, Bremer Co.
  • Brynna Baumhover, Storm Lake, Buena Vista Co.
  • Amber Neisius, Marcus, Cherokee Co.
  • Kaylie Reicks, New Hampton, Chickasaw Co.
  • Leah Willie, Manchester, Delaware Co.
  • Kendra Keitzer, Mediapolis, Des Moines Co.
  • Sarah Wall, Iowa City, Johnson County
  • Katlyn Kahler, Cambridge, Story County
  • Christy Calderwood, Traer, Tama County

2014 Premier Pork Youth Ambassador Contestants

  • Matt Kerns, Clearfield, Taylor Co.
  • Nicole Licht, Humboldt, Humboldt Co.
  • Maconnell Moore, Pleasantville, Marion Co.

The new queen, princess and youth ambassador will represent the Iowa pork industry throughout the year at various promotional and educational events around the state, as well as at out-of-state events.

The queen and youth ambassador each receive a $2,000 college scholarship and the princess is awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

The 2014 IPPA youth team will be introduced during the 42nd annual Iowa Pork Congress Banquet on Jan. 22 at the Veterans’ Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines.