Ten Midwestern students have been chosen to be part of an elite group who will serve as Fuel Up to Play 60 student ambassadors for the 2012-2013 school year. Thirty-three State Representatives, along with four National Student Ambassadors, lead the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Program, which engages youth directly as grassroots leaders that work to increase access to healthy foods and 60 minutes of physical activity at school. The program also encourages and recognizes schools and students with tangible rewards and resources such as a trip to the Super Bowl, official NFL gear and NFL player appearances.
Selected from a nationwide search that drew hundreds of applicants, these representatives attended a Student Ambassador Summit at Washington, D.C.’s interactive Newseum last week. The Summit provided students the opportunity to meet their peers from other regions and help sculpt the program for the new school year. Summit attendees engaged in interactive educational leadership sessions that included special guest appearances by Matt Cassel, quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, LaVar Arrington, NFL Alumni Player, and Byron Sackett, Director of Child Nutrition with Lincoln County Schools in Lincolnton, N.C.
Alejandro Melchor Guadarrama of Waukegan, Ill. has been named a Fuel Up to Play 60 National Student Ambassador for the 2012-2013 school year. Other Midwestern students representing their states include:
- Courtney Downing, Des Moines, Iowa
- Angelique Livingston, Willowbrook, Ill.
- Emma Hickey, Wichita, Kan.
- Kylie Kasprick, Osseo, Minn.
- Cassidy Ley, Madison, Mo.
- Tommy Benes, Weston, Neb.
- Alex O’Connell, West Fargo, N.D.
- Rhett Conkling, Locust Grove, Okla.
- Kendra Strande, Sioux Falls, S.D.
“We could not be more impressed by this group of young people who have showed great dedication to Fuel Up to Play 60, and to the health and wellness of their peers,” said Molly Pelzer, RD, LD, senior vice president of Midwest Dairy Council. “Across the Midwest, they’ve been making changes that help ensure a healthier future for themselves, their schools and their communities, and we can’t wait to see all the great things they will accomplish with their new roles.”
For more images from the Summit, visit the Fuel Up to Play 60 Facebook page.