Announcing Midwest’s 2013-2014 Student Ambassadors

Eighteen students from across the Midwest have been selected to serve as National and State Ambassadors for Fuel Up to Play 60 in the 2013-2014 school year. These students were chosen to lead healthy changes in their schools, states and throughout the country.

They are:

National Ambassadors

Robbie Sadoski – Manfield, Arkansas

Shauna Gilles – Plainfield, Illinois

Rachel Byl – Waverly/Shell Rock, Iowa

Rachael Odhiambo – Affton, Missouri

State Ambassadors

Cainin Whisenant – Morrilton, Arkansas

Taylor Healy – Chicago, Illinois

Lexus Carpenter – Waverly/Shell Rock, Iowa

Jessica Usdanksy – Olathe, Kansas

Andrew Gorton – Maple Grove, Minnesota

Tim Keran – Coon Rapids, Minnesota

Joey Moorkamp – Grover, Missouri

James (Solaris) Anderson – Omaha, Nebraska

Gavin McCoy – Weston, Nebraska

Olivia Larson – West Fargo, North Dakota

Garret Holman – Locust Grove, Oklahoma

Lynzie Jenkins – Locust Grove, Oklahoma

Carolyne Burdick – Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Mitch Eichacker – Sioux Falls, South Dakota

“We are so excited to welcome this amazing group of young people into their new leadership roles,” said Melissa Young, director of health and wellness for Midwest Dairy Council. “These outstanding students have shown a great passion for Fuel Up to Play 60, and we’re delighted that they’ve chosen to inspire their peers and communities to eat healthy and get active. I look forward to seeing all that they accomplish in the upcoming school year.”

Selected from a nationwide search that drew more than 1,000 applicants, these State and National Ambassadors recently returned from a four-day Student Ambassador Summit for Fuel Up to Play 60 in Charlotte, N.C. at Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers. The annual Summit brought together Fuel Up to Play 60 student leaders and adult educators who are committed to improving their school and community by eating smart and staying active.

Ambassadors had the opportunity to participate in football drills led by Carolina Panthers players Ben Hartsock, Steve Smith and Luke Kuechly. The popular NFL players also shared their advice on the importance of eating nutrient-rich foods and getting active every day. Ambassadors and Program Advisors also collaborated to create a unified declaration, which will guide their efforts in leading the program during the upcoming school year. These Ambassadors are now armed with essential leadership skills and resources to bring that declaration to life and enact healthy changes in their schools.

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