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.
Robbie Sadoski – Manfield, Arkansas
Shauna Gilles – Plainfield, Illinois
Rachel Byl – Waverly/Shell Rock, Iowa
Rachael Odhiambo – Affton, Missouri
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.