Apple Ambassador

Rachel Moore Russell Virginia’s Apple Ambassador for 2013 is Rachel Moore Russell, daughter of Kirk and Sherry Russell of Clear Brook, Virginia, and the granddaughter of Henry and Gwen Russell. Rachel is a Senior at James Wood High School, in Frederick County, and is a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club. She is a Winchester Medical Center volunteer and was Science Student of the Month at James Wood. She has grown up in the apple industry. Her family has been growing apples in Frederick County since the 1920’s, and her grandfather and uncles are owners of D. K. Russell & Sons, Inc. In the summers, Rachel has assisted her mother, who is executive assistant to Phil Glaize of Fred L. Glaize, L.C., and has gained experience in the day-to-day workings of orchard and packing house operations. As Secretary of the James Wood Future Farmers of America, she hopes to incorporate her position as Virginia Apple Ambassador with her F. F. A. position to develop a project that will promote the health benefits of apples to the public. Rachel was presented to the members of the Virginia State Horticultural Society and Women’s Auxiliary in Richmond in January at the annual Tree Fruit Convention. She will represent the Society as Virginia’s Horticultural Princess in the 2013 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival and in other ways available to her throughout the year.


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    Meet Rachel Moore Russell

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