ALAMOSA— Malyka Medina, Center High School, was crowned the 71st Spud Bowl Queen at halftime during the Adams State University vs Colorado School of Mines football game on Nov. 4.
The Spud Bowl tradition began in 1946, when the potato farmers in the Valley were asked to contribute sacks of spuds to the university, 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 high schools are asked to nominate a senior candidate for Spud Bowl Queen. The candidates are interviewed during the morning by a panel of judges, and the winner is selected and announced at halftime of the football game. The Colorado Potato Administrative Committee and Adams State award scholarships consisting of $1000 to Adams State to each contestant and $2000 to Adams State to the Spud Bowl Queen.
The candidates included Alana Hackett, Alamosa High School; Joslyn Garcia, Antonito High School; Caroline Van Berkum, Centauri High School; Jessica Gamboa, Centennial High School; Malyka Medina, Center High School; Ila Jolly, Del Norte High School; Lesli Lopez Gonzalez, Monte Vista High School; Caitlyn Paine, Sanford High School; Kadee Crowther, Sargent High School; and Nina Vigil, Sierra Grande High School.
Judges for this year’s contest were Roger Mix and Matt Seger, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, and Tammy Lopez, Adams State University executive director of the ASU Foundation.