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Board announces trio of 2018 honorees, all students at public high schools in the county

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Newberg's Abigayle Darula (left), Amity's John Douglass Stables and Paige Schwarz, of McMinnville, comprise this year's ambassadors for the county fair and rodeo.

John Douglass ("J.D.") Stables of Amity High School, Abigayle Darula of Newberg High School and Paige Schwarz of McMinnville High School have been selected by the Yamhill County Fair board as ambassadors for this summer's county fair and rodeo.

"Through activities at their high schools, 4-H and FFA, these young people have demonstrated their commitment, willingness to work hard, and community service," Stan Primozich, Yamhill County commissioner and liaison to the fair board, said in a press release.

Stables, son of Carla and John Stables, lives on his family's farm in Gaston. Although he just finished his junior year of high school, he has been involved in the county fair since he was 6 years old, starting out entering plants in horticulture competitions.

"What I like most about our Yamhill County Fair is the small-town feel," he said in a press release. "As a fair exhibitor, it is also wonderful to speak to the thousands of fair patrons who visit our barns. I really enjoy helping educate children and adults about agriculture."

Stables is an Amity High FFA member and chapter president. He is a 4-H club member, volunteers as a 4-H Wild West camp counselor and serves as vice-president of the Yamhill County 4-H Ambassadors. His livestock entries at the fair are dairy, cattle, meat, goats and turkeys.

Schwarz, daughter of Ted and Pauline Schwarz, has competed in the fair since the fourth grade. "(It's) a positive environment," she said in the release. "As a fair ambassador, I am excited to promote our fair and the 4-H/FFA programs. It's a chance to tell the public … about the skills (we've) learned."

Schwarz has been a member of the Saddle Dusters 4-H Club for nine years and has held many club positions along the way. Every year for the past four years she has competed at the Oregon State Fair and lettered as a varsity captain of McMinnville High School's Oregon High School Equestrian Team (OHSET).

In the fall she plans to attend Chemeketa Community College to begin her studies to become an ultrasound technician.

Darula, daughter of Mark and Blythe Darula, is a 2018 Newberg High graduate and has been involved with the River Bandits 4-H Club for eight years. She participates in 4-H as a county and state ambassador, on the county advisory council, as a junior horse superintendent and a delegate to the 2018 National 4-H congress. At livestock auctions, she sells market hogs.

"For me, county fair has truly been a game changer and I want to share my memories of nine years as a participant," Darula said in a press release. "Fair is a time to celebrate each other's achievements."

Darula will pursue sports marketing and pre-law degrees at the University of Oregon in the fall.

Each Ambassador has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship through donations by Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, Yamhill County commissioners, Yamhill County Master Gardeners Association and United Steelworkers.

The ambassador program us open to all junior and senior high school students in the county from a public, private or home school, with a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher. Applications will be available this coming January.

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