Two high school seniors have been selected to represent Washington wheat farmers and will serve as the Washington Wheat Ambassadors for the upcoming year. Lexi Deishl of Waterville and Kyle Appel of Colfax were selected after an initial written application process that also included submitting a short introductory video.
Deishl and Appel will each be giving a speech at the upcoming Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) Annual 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 funded by the Washington Wheat Foundation of $2,500 and $2,000 will be awarded. Deishl and Appel will represent Washington wheat farmers at various civic and community events and will also 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 strong 3.9 GPA throughout high school and has been active in numerous school and community activities. In addition to participating in swimming, basketball and track, Lexi is very active in the Waterville 4H Club and takes part in multiple fundraising efforts to benefit those in her community. 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 and their family farm is near Colfax. Kyle has maintained strong scholastic achievement; recording a 4.0 GPA while enrolled in rigorous college level courses. Kyle also excels out of the classroom by being very active in school and community activities. Among his list of interests include being involved in 4H, FFA, drama, Knowledge Bowl and varsity baseball. Kyle plans on earning a Mechanical Engineering and Ag Systems Management degree at a 4-year university.