Two high school seniors will represent Washington wheat farmers as Washington Wheat Ambassadors for the upcoming year.
Lexi Deishl of Waterville and Kyle Appel of Colfax were selected by the Washington Association of Wheat Growers after an application process that included a short introductory video.
Deishl and Appel will give a speech at the upcoming WAWG awards banquet on Nov. 9 during the Tri-State Grain Growers Convention in Spokane.
The seniors will be judged on the quality of their presentation, and at the conclusion of the banquet, scholarships of $2,500 and $2,000 funded by the Washington Wheat Foundation will be awarded.
Deishl and Appel will represent Washington wheat farmers at civic and community events and participate in an advocacy trip to Olympia with WAWG leaders.
Lexi is the daughter of Angie Deishl and Miles Deishl. The family farms on the Waterville Plateau. Lexi has maintained a 3.9 grade-point average in high school and has been active in school and community activities. In addition to participating in swimming, basketball and track, Lexi is active in the Waterville 4-H Club and takes part in community fundraising efforts. Lexi plans to continue her education at a university, potentially on a pole vaulting scholarship, while pursuing a career in dentistry.
Kyle is the son of Eric and Shannon Appel. Their family farm is near Colfax. Kyle has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average while enrolled in college-level courses. Kyle also excels outside the classroom by being active in school and community activities. His interests include involvement in 4-H, FFA, drama, Knowledge Bowl and baseball. He plans on earning a mechanical engineering and ag systems management degree at a university.