Skol! Week 15 for the Minnesota Vikings was extra special this season. Alongside some of Fuel Up to Play 60’s best youth advocates, I walked onto the Vikings turf ready to share the joy and value of good nutrition with thousands of fans. As I visited with each FUTP 60 student, I quickly realized they had that job covered for me. I could feel the motivation and determination in each young voice as they shared their role in helping others find a healthy lifestyle fueled by dairy. I walked out of U.S. Bank Stadium with a full heart that day and not simply because of our strong win against the Miami Dolphins. After my time with these students, I realized I want to be like them. These young people come from all walks of life, some more challenging than others. But when it comes to their role with FUTP 60, nothing could hold them back. Similar to my FUTP 60 friends walking onto the Vikings turf, we have an opportunity to enter 2019 with more motivation and determination than ever. Looking back on 2018, it is not easy to think about some of our greatest challenges. From falling milk prices to difficult discussions, and sometimes even heartbreaking decisions, our dairy community has seen and endured so much. With the turn of a new year, I sincerely hope for the best for you and your farm family. Though our challenges cannot simply be left behind, we can move into 2019 with the faith and motivation necessary to shift our perspective. On the turf, FUTP 60 students abandoned their shy natures upon realizing they all had the same passion and goals. We have so much in common with each and every person, farm and processor in the dairy community. I believe our ability to thrive in 2019 heavily relies on our support for one another amidst unpredictable and uncontrollable factors we will face. When we shift our perspective to a team effort, our determination can seem a bit stronger, and our motivation becomes a bit more energetic. In 2019, my resolution is to build my dairy team with each of you. I hope that in challenges and triumphs we can rely on each other to persevere. Let me know where I can support our dairy team in the coming days of 2019 by visiting https://www.midwestdairy.com/schools-and-communities/dairy-princess/princess-kay-of-the-milky-way/. Believe it or not, 2018 came and went, and before we knew it, 2019 found its way onto our calendars. Whether you watched the New York City ball drop or rang in 2019 in the milking parlor, a new year provides a chance for a fresh start and new perspective. It is a chance to commemorate on the past while building hope and excitement for the days to come. While some of our memories are fulfilling, others might leave us thankful to be turning a new leaf. Wherever you fall on this spectrum, congratulations on persevering through 2018 and welcome to a new year. As you enter 2019, may your cows be merry, and your new year be bright. Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Rebekka Paskewitz, serves as the Minnesota dairy community’s goodwill ambassador. Throughout the year, Princess Kay helps people understand the dedication of dairy farmers to wholesome and nutritious food, and the way milk is produced. Princess Kay does many school presentations, represents dairy farmers at the Fuel Up To Play 60 events that are held in conjunction with the Minnesota Vikings, and is very active during June Dairy Month sharing the importance of dairy farming and dairy foods. Rebekka grew up in Browerville, Minn., working on several dairy farms including her uncle’s farms. Rebekka finds joy in sharing the story and future of dairy with others through community outreach and media platforms. She is a junior at South Dakota State University studying Agricultural Education with minors in Animal Science and Social Media. At school she is very involved with the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences Prexy Council, Sigma Alpha Sorority, Little International, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and Dairy Club. She also enjoys showing and raising cattle, mentoring youth in 4-H and FFA, road trips, hunting, fishing, tractor pulls, and watching the Vikings with Dad.