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Apply to be a 2014-2015 Washington Wheat Ambassador

Learn more about this amazing leadership program available to high school seniors. Two college scholarships available, $2,500 and $1,000. Parents must be members of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers.

DEADLINE: October 15, 2014

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Second annual Wheat Ambassadors named

Maya Wahl

Wahl attends Lind/Ritzville High School where she plays basketball, volleyball and runs track. She is very involved in FFA and serves as the Lind/Ritzville FFA chapter president, as well as the FFA district president. She plans to run for the Washington State FFA office in May.

Growing up on a fifth-generation farm in a small community, Wahl said she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“There are so many more opportunities growing up in a small town,” she explained. “In school, there is more one-on-one time with teachers. And living in this rural community, I am surrounded by agriculture. I’m so thankful that I understand where my food comes from and how agriculture works. I’m very fortunate.”

Wahl said that becoming a Washington Wheat Ambassador will help her reach out to people and talk to them about agriculture and help her broaden her horizons, something that she also credits FFA with helping her do.

“FFA is a big part of me,” she said. “I meet so many people and make friends. My speaking abilities have improved so much. I am more confident.”

Wahl said people need to be educated about where their food comes from, and she hopes to do that by pursuing a career in ag communications. 

“Every bit of food people eat, somebody is behind that slice of bread or that steak they are eating,” she said. “Somebody has put a lot of thought, money and time into that food.”

Wahl is the daughter of Rena and James Wahl.

Max Mielke

For Mielke, serving as a Washington Wheat Ambassador is a way to explore different aspects of agriculture, something he hopes will help him determine his future career.

“Growing up on a wheat farm, I’ve always had close ties to agriculture,” he said. “I know I want to learn more about it, especially the business side of it.”

At Davenport High School, Mielke plays football, basketball and tennis and participates in several clubs, including Future Business Leaders of America and the National Honor Society. He also serves as a student body officer. 

Like Wahl, Mielke said more people need to understand where their food comes from, and education is the key.

“Get the facts out there,” he said. “If you could bring every single kid to the farm, that would teach them a lot more than words could. Get the information out there and make it interesting.”

Mielke said that growing up on a farm has given him a strong work ethic, made him resourceful and taught him how to overcome challenges. Just recently, he ran a half-marathon and raised more than $2,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Mielke is the son of Robert and Kristy Mielke.