The Fair Ambassador Program (established in 2000) is open to all youth (male and female). The candidates need to be at least a junior in High School up to 20 years of age. The 2014 competition is scheduled for March 8, 2014. Winners will receive a $500.00 scholarship to the educational institution of their choice.
Applications are included below are will be due on or before February 21, 2014. For further information, please contact the Fair Office at (509) 477-2772.
2013 Spokane County Interstate Fair Ambassadors
The competition began with applications from many contestants. The initial round of judging narrowed the field to the top twelve candidates including Sarah Best (S.F.C.C.), Megan Bowers (Timberlake HS), Julia Jean "JJ" Brown (Gonzaga Prep HS), Michael Chernenko (Shadle Park HS), Louis DiMauro-Ayling (Ferris HS), Quinne Evans (Shadle Park HS), Connlee Gray (Medical Lake HS), Elizabeth Miller (Lewis and Clark HS), Tyler Ribail (Central Valley HS), Kathleen Sessions (Gonzaga Prep HS), Angela Sigler (North Central HS), and Sydney West (Mt. Spokane HS). These twelve candidates competed at an event on March 16 to select the 2013 Spokane County Interstate Fair Ambassadors (below).
Scholarships were donated by Insulation Specialists Inc. and Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cakes. Each contestant received special gifts from the following program supporters - Busy B Farm, Camp Fire, Design Decals, HUB International, Interstate Fair Food Vendors, KuKuRuZa, Pepsi Beverages Company, Pizza Rita, Pizza Hut, Sky High Sports, Spokandy, Spokane Indians Baseball, Wild Walls, and the Wolfe Family.
Julia Jean "JJ" Brown (Gonzaga Prep HS):
JJ is the 17-year-old daughter of JoAnn Brown and Toby Brown of Spokane, Washington. She has extensive community service hours (nearly 1500) via her participation in Inland NW Baby, Children’s Miracle Network, Camp Fire, The Guild School, Make a Wish, Wishing Star, Camp No Limits, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Dishman Hills Natural Area, Salvation Army, St. John Vianney School, Camp Dart-Lo, Camp Sweyolakan, St. Mary’s School, If the Shoe Fits, VA Hospital, Sunshine Gardens, and Every Student a Citizen. In school, JJ participates on the dance team. She also is in choir, cheerleading, and training. She has played slow pitch softball and pole vaulted on the track team. She is an officer in the Spanish Club and very involved in campus ministries. JJ wants to attend the University of Washington to major in Political Science and Economics then continue on to Yale’s School of Law. She would eventually like to represent Spokane Valley in the Senate and serve a couple of terms as Governor of the State of Washington. She is a member of Camp Fire’s National Youth Advisory Cabinet. She is Vice Chair of the Chase Youth Commission. She has written a series on bullying for the Spokane Coeur d’ Alene Magazine and has also had her articles published in the Spokane Valley Herald, Spokesman Review, and the Spokane Symphony’s program book. Margaret Miller of Wake Up Coffee states, “JJ is able to motivate her peers to work just as hard as she does and she makes a hard day’s work fun for everyone involved”.
Connlee Gray (Medical Lake HS):
Connlee is the 18-year-old daughter of Crysti Gray of Liberty Lake. She is an active member of Future Farmers of America, competing in multiple public speaking competitions from Job Interview to Livestock Evaluation. She also qualified and competed at the National level…being awarded the Star Greenhand Award her first year. Connlee has ridden with the high school’s equestrian team as well. She currently has a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0. Connlee served as the 2012 Miss Cheney Rodeo Queen traveling to rodeos, luncheons, and parades representing not only the town of Cheney but the sport of rodeo as well. As a 4-H member for 8 years, she has also donated time to the annual Tack Swap (which is occurring in the Ag Complex today). Connlee hopes to attend Spokane Community College in the fall to complete her Associates of Arts Degree then transfer to a university to complete her four-year degree. Outside of school, Connlee competes in barrel racing throughout the Northwest. She also team ropes, runs poles and barrels at junior rodeos, goat ties, and breakaway ropes. She is also active at her church. Jennie Wagner, Ag Science Teacher, states “I appreciate Connlee’s commitment to herself and her beliefs; she is not afraid to take the right path, even if no one else is.”
Tyler Ribail (Central Valley HS):
Tyler is the 17-year-old son of Art and Jodi Ribail of Liberty Lake. He has contributed to his community through serving as his high school’s representative on the Interstate Fair’s Junior Advisory Board and raising funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the American Cancer Society through DECA. He has also served as a mentor for CV’s underclassmen mentoring group (LINK). He is a member of Victory Riders through Washington State Horsemen who has collected food for local food banks. He was also a member of the Kootenai County Saddle Club. Some of Tyler’s High School activities include DECA where he has qualified for State competition all three years, FBLA (also qualifying for State), and (in the past) track and field. He has a GPA of 3.8 and is enrolled in 4 AP classes. Tyler’s plans for the future include college and following in his father’s footsteps as a Certified Public Accountant. He would also like to travel gaining further knowledge of other cultures. Tyler enjoys snow skiing, taking photos, traveling, and riding horses. He is the current WSH Games Division Flag Race State Champion. He states, “I think everyone has the capability to leave a legacy so I try to learn the legacy of the many people I meet.”
Kathleen Sessions (Gonzaga Prep HS)
Kathleen is the 17-year-old daughter of Sheila and Adam Sessions of Veradale. She has a G.P.A. of 3.4. She is involved in Spanish Club and Key Club. She participated in volleyball and debate her freshman year. She is very active in Campus Ministry, especially her school’s annual food drive. Kathleen is a founding member of the Spokane Guild School’s High School Advisory Board, chair for the Guild School Penny Drive at her school, Guild School student video contest winner, Miss Spokane’s Outstanding Teen in 2011, Miss Spokane Valley’s Outstanding Teen in 2012, and has contributed over 200 hours of service to the Children’s Miracle Network. She has volunteered at First Night Spokane, Camp No Limits, Trick or Treating for Food, Free Rein, St. John Vianney School Auction, Lilac Services for the Blind’s Golf Tournament, and Cheerleading Coach at St. John Vianney. She plans to enroll at the University of Washington then attend Medical School at either U of W or Creighton to pursue a career as a pediatric oncologist. Kathleen states that after academics, physical fitness and sports are a huge part of her life including gymnastics, cheerleading, volleyball (favorite sport), skiing, and snowboarding. She adds, “Growing up with people who have special needs has given me a heart for service to special needs kids. This is why so much of my community involvement is focused on Special Olympics, Free Rein, and things like Camp No Limits. I feel like I have a special connection with these kids and that I can make a difference for them.”