St. Tammany Parish Fontainebleau High School senior Lauren Zimmerman is one of 27 semi-finalists competing to become a spokesperson in a new nationwide promotional campaign for milk. As the only semi-finalist from Louisiana, she's looking to rally support from everyone in her home state. 

Nine finalists in the "Power of 9" competition will each receive a blog on the website of the national "Got Milk?" campaign, a far-reaching platform for sharing with other young people the benefits of drinking milk and staying active. Finalists will also take part in a photo shoot in Seventeen magazine. 

"I'm proud that Louisiana has such an outstanding candidate in this competition," said Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. "The Louisiana Dairy Board and Louisiana's dairy farmers are doing what we can to spread the word about Lauren and help her achieve her goal." 

For a short video about Lauren and details on how to vote for her, visit Voting ends on April 21, and winners will be announced on May 9. 

“The dairy industry needs bright and confident individuals such as Laura to help educate the public as to the benefits of drinking milk and making good food choices,” said Lanny Conerly, chairman of the Louisiana Dairy Industry Promotion Board. “We are proud to support her and encourage everyone to vote for Laura and ask your friends to do the same.” 

The Louisiana Dairy Industry Promotion Board is a unit of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry charged with promoting knowledge of the health-giving qualities and dietary values of Louisiana milk and other dairy products and effectively promoting their consumption. 

For more information about the Board and its marketing and promotional efforts, please contact Louisiana Dairy Industry Promotion Board at (985) 345-9483.