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 2015 competition will be held on March 7, 2015. Winners will receive a $500.00 scholarship to the educational institution of their choice.
Applications for the 2015 program will be available around December 1. For further information, please contact the Fair Office at (509) 477-2772.
2014 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 Cordelia Achen (East Valley HS), Briar Bertoch (Lewis & Clark HS), Deidra Cotter (Insight School of Washington), Katelyn Domitrovich (Cheney HS), Brianna Fields (Medical Lake HS), Anastasia Gillio (Riverpoint Academy), Amber Gimlen (Central Valley HS), Emma McLaughlin (West Valley HS), Bailey Nachtigal (Davenport HS), Shekenah North (Cheney HS), Katie Oglesby (Riverpoint Academy), and Matthew White (Cheney HS). These twelve candidates competed at an event on March 8 to select the 2014 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 - Butler Amusements, Camp Fire, Costco Wholesale, HUB International, Interstate Fair Food Vendors, Old Fashioned Country Kettle Corn, Pepsi Beverages Company, Pizza Rita, Ribail Advisory Services, Sky High Sports, Spokandy, Spokane Federal Credit Union, Spokane Indians Baseball, Wild Walls, and YMCA of the Inland NW.
Briar Bertoch (Lewis & Clark HS):
Briar is the 16-year-old daughter of Shana Vaughn of Spokane, Washington. Briar is active in National Honor Society and was recently honored as LC Student of the Month for her leadership skills by the Rotary Club. She participates in knitting club. She is a member of band performing in concert, marching, and pep band. She maintains a 4.0 G.P.A. while taking advanced placement courses. Briar has volunteered for three separate events for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery organized by the National Honor Society. She has also volunteered for Santa Express, Burgers for a Heart, South Hill Street Clean Up, Harrison Pig in the Park Celebration, and Sharing Our World Refugee Fundraiser. Additionally, she has crocheted hats and scarves for Project Warm Up. Briar states, “I joined 4-H when I was 10 years old. I still remember how excited I was to win my first blue ribbon in crochet. When I won a special award for my peanut brittle, I was hooked on the fair. After I began horseback riding, the animals and rodeo only added to my enjoyment.” Briar plans to attend a four-year university followed by medical school. She will then complete further training to become a plastic surgeon. Her goal is to help people recover after debilitating accidents so that they may regain their former lives.
Katelyn Domitrovich (Cheney HS):
Katelyn is the 18-year-old daughter of Shawn and Michele Domitrovich of Edwall, Washington. Her birthday was yesterday…happy late birthday! Katelyn has been very involved in her community through 4-H. She has transported donations to Rough Start Horse Rescue and donated supplies to local homeless shelters. She also participates in various community affairs with National Honor Society. She volunteers at events such as the Special Olympics Track Meet and Santa Express. She is also currently assisting the Mayor of Cheney at the Mayor’s office. Katelyn is a member of the National Honor Society and has a G.P.A. of 3.75. She is a member of the Sports Medicine Club where she will be participating in the Washington Career and Technical Sports Medicine Association’s State conference for the second time this April. In years past she has been a member of the Cheney High School Equestrian team. Katelyn, has shown rabbits and guinea pigs at the Interstate Fair. More recently, she has shown horses. She has shown at the Interstate Fair for 10 years. She plans to attend Eastern Washington University this fall for the physical therapy program or the athletic training program. After graduating from EWU, she intends to go into one of those fields as well as continue her involvement with horses. While in college she plans to continue competing in Washington State Horsemen and Zone shows and eventually work up to breed shows and then finally World.
Amber Gimlen (Central Valley HS):
Amber is the 18-year-old daughter of Bob and Ronda Gimlen of Liberty Lake. She is involved in Key Club, Washington Drug Free Youth, the Reactor Club, Drama, and Spanish Club where she is the President. She is taking advanced placement classes and maintains a 3.94 G.P.A. Amber has participated with the following: K-Kids, Spirit Service Club, Key Club Community Service Club, SCRAPS, Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery and retirement homes, Vacation Bible School, Second Harvest Food Bank, Muscular Dystrophy and Cystic Fibrosis Association. She has also made blankets for the homeless. Outside of school, Amber is a square dancer and has been dancing for ten years. She has also been a ballroom dancer for nine years. She also works at Albertson’s as a Courtesy Clerk and has recently learned to yodel. She is very involved in her church (Valleyford Community Church) and a member of AWANA youth group. She has played a part in three theater performances at Central Valley and is currently involved in her fourth one, Once Upon a Mattress. After graduation, Amber plans to continue employment at Albertson’s while attending Spokane Falls Community College. She hopes to major in zoology and minor in Spanish communications.
Bailey Nachtigal (Davenport HS)
Bailey is the 16-year-old daughter of Doug and Robin Nachtigal of Davenport, Washington. She has contributed to her community through volunteering at the City Gate Homeless Shelter and Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, singing Christmas carols to members of the Davenport Senior Citizen Center, placing honorary American flags at the local cemetery, preparing and delivering enchiladas to citizens at a Spokane Nursing home, and coaching basketball for 2nd – 4th Graders. Some of Bailey’s High School activities include basketball and track. She has served as the wrestling manager and has been involved with FFA, Teens Against Tobacco Use, Washington Drug Free Youth, and 4-H Clubs. She was one of the recipients of the Good Citizenship Award for the 2012-3 school year, won the title of 2012 FFA District 5 Sales and Service Champion, and lettered in band. Bailey enjoys rodeo…competing an average of 36 weekends a year. She is a member of the Washington State High School Rodeo Team, Drovers Junior Rodeo Team, Washington Barrel Racing Association, and the National Barrel Racing Association. She has held the titles of 2012 Junior Miss Rodeo Washington and 2013-14 Washington State High School Rodeo Queen. Bailey’s plans for the future include attending EWU to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in pre-medicine. She has a goal of running for the title of Miss Rodeo Washington in 2018. She then has set her sights on applying to medical school to obtain a doctorate and become a surgeon. She would also like to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo.