Katie Osmundson: Passing the Torch

National Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador Katie Osmundson Runs Through the Vikings Ship on Mall of America Field

While students from across the country are in Washington D.C. preparing for their new roles as Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassadors for the 2012-2013 school year, one Midwestern student is readying herself for her next chapter as a Fuel Up to Play 60 Alumni Ambassador.

“I thought I would make a really good ambassador because I believe in what Fuel Up to Play 60 promotes and I wanted to tell other kids about the program,” says Katie Osmundson of Sioux Falls, S.D. Katie was one of only nine National Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassadors for the 2011-2012 school year.

With only 13 students registered to participate in her school’s Fuel Up to Play 60 club in its inaugural year, Katie helped grow the program’s membership to 50 students for the 2012-2013 school year. And Katie isn’t the only member of her family who feels passionately about the program. Katie’s enthusiasm inspired her mom, Nicole, to become the school’s program advisor. Katie, with the help of her mom, developed a thriving program in her school by participating in Fuel Up to Play 60 Challenges, doing interviews with her local media, meeting with the Governor of South Dakota, and writing stories about her efforts to other schools.

“I am so proud of all my peers,” Katie says. “It’s been great to see so many more students being active outside for recess and drinking more milk at lunch as a result of our efforts.”

Some of Katie’s other duties as a National Ambassador included submitting Fuel Up to Play 60 Plays and appearing on the field at a Minnesota Vikings football game to rally support for the program. Through all of her hard work during the last school year, Katie feels she has made a big impact in her community. She also feels that the organization valued her input on important decisions and feedback – something that will help make the program stronger for the more than 70,000 schools across the country who participate.

“Fuel Up to Play 60 is an awesome program and I am so thankful for the opportunity I had to be a National Student Ambassador,” Katie said. “I was nervous sometimes when I had to give a speech or be interviewed, but it was worth it because I believe in the program so much.  Being an ambassador made me grow as a public speaker and increased my confidence in myself.”

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