ALAMOSA – Priscila Zapata-Chavez, a senior at Center High School, was crowned the 75th Spud Bowl Queen during halftime of the Adams State University vs. Fort Lewis College football game on November 6, 2021. Autumn Yocom, a 2020 Sargent High School graduate and current Adams State student, also received recognition at halftime. Due to 2020 COVID restrictions Yocum’s crowning was not public.
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. The candidates are interviewed 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 University Foundation award scholarships of $1,000 to each contestant to attend Adams State and $2,000 to the Spud Bowl Queen.
The 2021 candidates were: Aracely Pedro-Pablo, Alamosa High School; Marissa Chacon, Antonito High School; Jessa Christensen, Centauri High School; JaeLea Maestas, Centennial High School; Priscila Zapata-Chavez, Center High School; Hannah Trujillo, Del Norte High School; Camille Rawinski, Monte Vista High School; Yessenia Vera, Mountain Valley High School; Dailin Estrada, Sanford High School; Kamryn Rogers, Sangre de Cristo High School; Kyla Davis, Sargent High School; and Sofia Minchaca, Sierra Grande High School.
Judges for this year’s contest were Roger Mix and Matt Seger, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, and Maria Valdez, Adams State accounting technician II.