Our 2014 Ambassadors!

Meet our 2014 Mesa County Fair Ambassadors! From left, Ryan, Lindsey, Hannah,
Hope, Harley, Ashley, Trysten, and Tucker.

Ashley Teal is 15 years old and going into her sophomore year at Central High School. She participates in 4-H, Volleyball, and Basketball. She currently holds a 4.0 GPA. This is her sixth year in 4-H, and first year being a Mesa County Fair Ambassador! Within 4-H, Ashley has participated in Archery, Shotgun, Muzzleloader, Outdoor Skills, Market Swine, Breeding Rabbits, Dogs, Photography, Scrapbooking, Breads, Cake Decorating, and Veterinarian Science. Ashley will be attending the National Shooting Sports Competition in Grand Island, Nebraska in June of 2014. She will be attending for the Outdoor Skills discipline. Ashley currently serves as the President of the Regulators 4-H Club, and has held many other positions. In 2012, Ashley was awarded with “Outstanding Jr. Member” in 4-H. Every day she is setting new goals and works very hard to achieve them. Ashley is a very positive, caring, and outgoing girl! She loves helping her community and the youth. She is excited to be an ambassador for the 2014 Mesa County Fair, and can’t wait until fair week!
Hannah Martin is eighteen years old and has graduated from Central High School. She plans to go to Colorado Mesa University for Art Education.

This is her tenth year in 4-H, and third year as a Mesa County Fair Ambassador. Hannah started 4-H with the dog project and nine other projects, and took off from there. She loves to draw or do anything artistic, now Hannah is showing off her art in the visual arts project.

This year she came back as an ambassador because she wanted to learn more and sharpen some skills. And most of all the Mesa county Fair is the best 5 days of summer!!!!
My name is Harley Bittle, I’m 16 years old. I’m currently enrolled in Fruita Monument High School as a junior. I have lived on a farm my whole life and had many different species of animals, birds, pocket pets. Such as emu, bison, fallow deer, big horn sheep, quail, guineas, turkeys, chukars, pheasants, doves, pigeons, dogs, cats, rabbits, goats, cows, horses, hamsters, etc. I also enjoy participating in team sports. I have been in cheerleading since 3rd – 8th grade. I was a part of a competitive cheerleading team in 8th grade and I switched to an all dance team for high school my 9th and 10th grade year. I have won several awards throughout my cheer and pom experience. Such as all-around athlete, most spirited, most improved, and having perfect attendance, most valuable dancer, best attitude, and more individual placing’s during competitions. Also in my 10th grade year I joined the track team. But I decided that in my junior year of high school I needed to focus on my school work so I have not joined any sports teams this year. In my junior year of high school I graduated a Veterinary Technician class at Western Slope Community College. I joined the Fruita FFA chapter’s officer team as a junior officer and I applied for the Historian officer position for the following year and I was very happy when I was selected for the position. While during this time of being a part of Fruita FFA I interned at my neighboring veterinary clinic ‘Grand Valley Veterinary’ with Ian Smith. I interned for a total of 4 months of 2013 and I completed my internship with a total of 90 hours and 30 minutes. I am also a council representative for the Loma Stars 4-h group. I will be showing pigs at the fair, and in my spare time I enjoy horseback riding and I like to participate in gymkhanas and trail rides. I am a Mesa County Fair Ambassador for the year of 2014. Which I am very excited to be doing!
Hope Pfalzgraff is very excited to return as a Mesa County Fair Ambassador this year. The Fair has been an important part of her life; some of her earliest memories come from it. For her second year as an Ambassador, she hopes to make new memories with her team and fellow fairgoers. As a proud 4-H member, Hope will be competing in the Artistic Clothing and Rabbit Showmanship projects during the 127th Mesa County Fair. Hope has been a 4-H member for 9 years, competing in the Veterinary Science, Model Rocketry, Woodworking, Ceramic, Leathercraft, Entomology, and Heritage Arts projects. She has served as her Club Historian, Secretary, and President, Council Fairboard Representative, Secretary, and President, and Colorado 4-H District 10 Secretary/Treasurer. She has been very involved in the community, volunteering at the Mesa County Public Libraries and working with other various community service projects. Outside of 4-H and community service, Hope enjoys reading, hiking, playing flute, and going to the movies with her friends. She will be a sophomore at Colorado Mesa University this fall, continuing her degree in Counseling Psychology. Hope cannot wait for the five best days of summer and hopes to see all of you there. Be sure to say hello!
Lindsey Sparks is a junior at Grand Junction High School. She has been a 4-H member for 6 years and has shown goats and swine. In her free time she plays the violin in the Grand Junction Symphony and has participated in the Colorado All State Orchestra. She is an active FBLA member and is the co-founder of “The Spire” the GJHS literary magazine, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Lindsey has been chosen to represent Mesa County in the 2014 Washington, D.C. Youth Tour. After high school she is aiming to pursue a career in accounting.
Ryan Somerville is 18 and graduated from Fruita Monument High School this spring. He will be attending Colorado Mesa University this fall to study mechanical engineering. Ryan is very dedicated, with commitment to all the activities he engages in. He is enthusiastically involved with the Fruita FFA Chapter where he is the treasurer. As part of the FFA Chapter, he competes on a Career Development Event team for Farm Business Management. His team placed bronze at state this year. Ryan’s Supervised Agricultural Experience is beef production and he is looking forward to a rewarding and educational season with this project. Ryan has an extensive background in agriculture. He has been involved with all facets of farm life ranging from tending to livestock and horse training, to irrigation duties and harvesting crops. After being a Mesa County Fair Ambassador last year, Ryan is looking forward to participating in the Fair activities again. Ryan meets every opportunity with enthusiasm and a bright smile and never hesitates to lend a helping hand. If you see him around, don’t hesitate to ask him anything you need to know.
Trysten Klinglesmith is going into her senior year at Fruita Monument High School. She has been involved in 4-H for seven years. She is very involved with FFA and 4-H. She has been the treasurer in her club for two years and is returning vice president. In the Fruita FFA Chapter she is returning Secretary and the Gunnison River Valley District FFA Sentinel. Trysten loves competing with her horse in rodeo events and at the fair. She loves competing in mechanics for her FFA chapter and is going to Kentucky in October to compete nationally in Agriculture Mechanics. She is very excited to spend time with her friends and family and make memories at the 127th Mesa County Fair!
Tucker Milholland is 17 years old and just finished his junior year at Fruita Monument high school he has been involved in 4-H for 7 years doing projects ranging from leather craft to swine. He is also a member of the Fruita FFA chapter for 4 years where he competes in livestock judging. This is Tuckers first year as an ambassador and he is looking forward to seeing everyone at the Mesa County Fair.

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