The Apple Ambassador represents the North Carolina Apple Festival and the North Carolina Apple Growers Association. The ambassador program selects the recipients of the Evelyn Lutz Hill Memorial Scholarships. A $2,000.00 college scholarship is awarded to the ambassador and a $1,000.00 scholarship is awarded to the first runner up.
The 2017 Apple Ambassador is Miranda Rachel Burleson, who attends North Henderson High School. Her parents are Andrea Staton-Jacklin and Chris Burleson. The runner-up is Alexandra “Lexi” M. Iurato who attends West Henderson High School. Her parents are Bob Iurato and the late Tracy Iurato.
Other participating applicants included Lauren Alecia Maybin (East Henderson), Sydney Noel Allison (East Henderson), Virginia Frances Teel (Hendersonville), Emma Coston Laughter (Hendersonville), Annie Grace Plott (North Henderson), and Shannon Elizabeth Sellers (West Henderson).