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"I have loved growing up in the agriculture lifestyle and wish to be more involved," said Jeannette.

The daughter of James and Sarah Lanatti, Jeannette is a senior at Petaluma High School with aspirations of becoming an Air Force nurse. She is a member of Golden Hills 4-H, where she is currently treasurer and has served as president. She is the 4-H California State Ambassador for 2013-14. Jeannette has also been involved in many volunteer projects from providing meals for Committee on the Shelterless families to planting trees for Arbor Day.

She is a member of the Petaluma High School marching band and varsity jazz band. She also works as a clerk at the Petaluma Creamery.

"I would really love to be Dairy Princess because I want to work more with the community and the state," she said. "I would like to teach the public more about the dairy industry, as well as learn more from it as well."

Gianna Pendleton

Tom and Michelle Pendleton's 17-year-old daughter, Gianna is a senior at Analy High School who plans on going to Santa Rosa Junior College and the University California, Davis to major in veterinary science. Her goal is to become a large animal veterinarian.

This active senior participates in sports, 4-H, Future Farmers of America and many community events. She was a 2013-14 Sonoma County 4-H All Star and the winner of the California State FFA Community Service Award. She was selected as one of four finalists for the National FFA award. She was even honored by President Obama for community service.

Gianna is looking forward to teaching children valuable lessons regarding the healthy lifestyle of dairy products and where they truly come from. "I have learned that children believe their dairy products come out of cartons and boxes at the grocery store," said Gianna. "I want to teach them the valuable lessons regarding the healthy lifestyle of dairy products and where they truly come from."

She is excited about the new campaign promoting the dairy industry, "Milk Life" and said she would love to promote it.

Gina Piccinini

Gina Piccinini, 17, attends Analy High School and lives in Sebastopol. The daughter of Jack and Jenifer Piccinini, she plans on attending Santa Rosa Junior College to major in fire science to become a firefighter paramedic.

She raised her first heifer during her freshman year of high school and became hooked on agriculture. Since then, she has raised four milk cows and has enjoyed learning about how to care for animals.

"I never would have thought that one heifer would lead me down an amazing path of meeting new people, learning about the dairy industry and the connections and activities I would be involved with," she said.

Gina is currently serving as a volunteer firefighter, having completed Fire 208, first responder, and Fire 71 classes at Santa Rosa Junior College. She was the Analy Homecoming Queen and is active in sports, modeling and FFA. She has earned a California FFA degree and was dairy proficiency winner at the chapter level.

Gina is very comfortable with informing the public and teaching them about the dairy industry and hopes to be a positive role model if she is chosen as Dairy Princess.

"I would like to educate the public about the dairy industry," she said. "I would like to be a positive role model in the dairy industry."

The Dairy Princess Contest & Ball takes place April 5 at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. South. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the coronation program at 7 p.m. The evening includes a buffet dinner served by Jimmy's Catering Company. There will be dancing from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30 general, $15 for children under 12. Ticket sales are limited. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Tickets are available at John's Dairy Supply and Jay Palms.