RAS ambassador class act

The West Australian

Primary school teacher Jess Warr, 24, has been named Rural Ambassador of the Year.

Ms Warr, of Chapman Valley Agricultural Society, grew up in South Yuna, north-east of Geraldton, and studied at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle.

She was one of five finalists competing for the honour. Denis Warnick, of York Agricultural Society, was runner-up.

The other contenders were Carly Thornton, of Corrigin Agricultural Society, Chloe Radford, of Wagin Agricultural Society, and Kirstin Waller, of Waroona Agricultural Society.

In her new role, Ms Warr is keen to encourage women and children who have had to leave the country to pursue education to examine opportunities for a return to their home towns.

Ms Warr recalled a childhood surrounded by loving women willing to do their best to keep the community spirit alive.

"It is so important to recognise the individual gifts and talents many existing members of the community possess and to celebrate these achievements, as well as provide forums for the contribution and assistance of these people," she said.

Ms Warr, who left the country at 12 to attend boarding school, feels privileged her choice of profession has enabled her to return to rural life.

Her role as an educator gives her the chance to fill the gaps in children's knowledge about farming.

"I also want to inspire children to get involved with their local agricultural shows," she said

Ms Warr, who teaches at St Lawrence's Bluff Point, will be leading her class of Year 1s in a singing performance at the Chapman Valley Agricultural Show this Saturday.

"Many have never been to the show before, so up to 30 new families will be coming along, which is great," she said.

"I will also be encouraging children to get involved in entering the competitions at their local show and the IGA Perth Royal Show."

The Rural Ambassador Award is about discovering the next generation of rural leaders, passionate young adults who can represent and promote their community, region and State.

The competition has five heats in regional areas, with agricultural societies across the State taking part.

Ms Warr will represent WA at the national finals.

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