Trio named — Tia Piscitelli, Kayla Davis and Joanna Kubes will represent the annual county rite

A trio of teens will represent the Yamhill County Fair and Rodeo after they were selected recently by the organization’s board of directors.

Newberg’s own Tia Piscitelli joins rural Yamhill native Kayla Davis and Dayton resident Joanna Kubes as ambassadors for the annual fair and rodeo, slated this year to run from July 30 through Aug. SUBMITTED - Representing - Kayla Davis (from left), Joanna Kubes and Tia Piscitelli will serve as the ambassadors of the 2014 Yamhill County Fair and Rodeo, slated for July 30 through Aug. 2 in McMinnville.

“Every year we have outstanding high school students from across Yamhill County who apply to represent the fair and rodeo as our ambassadors,” said Joe Sharp, a fair board member and one of the judges for the contest.

As ambassadors the girls receive $1,000 college scholarships, as well as clothing, jackets, belt buckles and a parade car.

“Being selected as a 2014 (ambassador) is a huge honor and an amazing way to represent my school, hometown and county,” said Piscitelli, who recently graduated from Newberg High School. “Since the second grade I have been a 4-H member and am proud to share my stories and love of my fair.”

Davis, a recent graduate of Yamhill-Carlton High School, shared Piscitelli’s sentiments.

“I want to thank the fair board for giving me this opportunity to make presentations to the community about our upcoming fair, as well as describing my 4-H and FFA experiences,” she said. “I particularly like that the Yamhill County Fair and Rodeo is a family-oriented event that helps youth learn responsibility and leadership.”

Kubes, who will enter Dayton High School as a senior in the fall, continued the trio’s praise of the organization: “I am so pleased to be named as one of the ambassadors for 2014. I want to encourage those who are younger to set their goals high. I want to make a positive influence in my school and the community I live in. Yamhill County’s fair brings our community together and allows us all to meet new people.”

The ambassadors face a busy schedule to promote the fair and rodeo. They will participate in parades and festivals throughout the county, as well as speak at civic organizations about the event.

The trio’s background prepared them well. Piscitelli is active in 4-H and FFA, breeding and exhibiting rabbits, horses and dogs. She was the 2012 Yamhill County 4-H Girl of the Year and was a delegate to the National 4-H Congress. She recently completed her term as vice president of the Newberg FFA, is a three-time FFA state champion in science experiments and winner of gold and silver medals at the national FFA convention. A member of the National Honor Society, Piscitelli will major in communications in the fall at Portland State University.

Kubes is the president of the Dayton FFA chapter and district. At the high school she has been involved in other leadership activities, including as student body secretary and in the school’s Future Business Leaders of America club. She was project coordinator for her school’s 2014 prom, is a member of the National Honor Society and is also involved in Young Life, Kubes plans a career in agricultural sales and marketing.

Davis was president of the 4-H club Boots N Spurs, is active in the Yamhill-Carlton FFA chapter and competed on the Oregon High School Equestrian Team. She received academic and leadership letters at Yamhill-Carlton High School and was a member of the National Honor Society. She also lettered in track, basketball and the equestrian team during her time in high school. She will pursue a degree in veterinary science.

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