Apply to be a 2013-2014 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, 2013
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Read about last year's Ambassadors, JD Rosman of Creston and Charlene Gray of Reardan.
First annual Wheat Ambassadors named
J.D. Rosman is the oldest child of Jeff and Katie Rosman of Creston. J.D. was awarded a $2,500 scholarship, and he plans to attend Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater, Okla., to study agriculture. J.D.’s high school councilor gave him the application, and he said that when he read the requirements, he felt like he fit them fairly well.
“I felt like it was a good opportunity to learn the behind-the-scene parts of farming, like what goes on outside of the wheat field,” J.D. said, adding that he is interested in the political aspects of farming as well. “I’m looking forward to this opportunity to represent agriculture, and I’m glad I got this chance.”
J.D. grew up on a multi-generational wheat and cattle ranch in the Wilbur-Creston area. Besides serving as senior class president, he is active in the Washington Junior Angus Association and owns his own herd of registered Angus cattle. J.D. explained that growing up on a wheat farm has taught him about being organized and being his own boss. “Knowing how to run a business and working with my own herd and working on the family farm has taught me about the economics of running a farm, the practical sense of it,” he said.
Asked about what he wants to accomplish as a wheat ambassador, he said he wants to educate young people about the role of agriculture in today’s world. “We have a lot of people who don’t know how much agriculture affects us,” J.D. said. “If we can explain what agriculture is and get people to understand how important and vital it is to our everyday life, then hopefully agriculture will quit being a target for people who say it is making the country fat or that it is costing us money.”
While J.D. is looking forward to college, he said he will miss Eastern Washington and the family farm. “What I’ll miss the most is not being able to step outside and run down to the barn. I’ll be stepping out onto concrete instead of dirt,” he said, adding that he just got back from visiting OSU, and it felt a lot like home.
Charlene, the daughter of Jason and Inge Gray of Reardan, was awarded a scholarship for $1,000 which she plans on using at Eastern Washington University next fall. While she is considering pharmacy as a major, Charlene hasn’t ruled out an agricultural career.
“If I can find a career in agriculture through this program, I would be happy,” she said. “I want to teach people about where their food comes from. It is not just going out and buying a loaf of bread at the store. This is our lifestyle; we provide for people.”
Besides working on the family’s wheat farm with her two brothers, Charlene also plays volleyball and basketball and shows sheep for 4-H. She has been involved in the Junior Miss program in her community and is looking forward to meeting people as a wheat ambassador.
“An ambassador is a leader,” Charlene said, when asked what the term “ambassador” meant to her. “It is being a leader and expressing your opinions but being able to listen to other people’s opinions at the same time.” Charlene said that growing up on a farm has taught her about hard work, dependability and cooperation.
“Your family depends on you,” she explained. “If you are part of a wheat farm, you are going to go out and harvest.” Charlene also said she isn’t afraid to get dirty. “I like being a farm girl, and I like being tough. You can’t be a pansy out in the wheat field.”