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The new Eagan Funfest Ambassadors from left: Junior Ambassadors Kaiya Daley, Lauren Bruns and Amelia Noonan; Ambassadors Kate Martin, Ashley Rosser, and Sami Martin.

Six new Eagan Funfest Ambassadors were selected during a ceremony July 8 at the Eagan Community Center.

The new ambassadors include Kate Martin, Sami Martin, and Ashley Rosser.

The new Junior Ambassadors are Lauren Bruns, Kaiya Daley, and Amelia Noonan.

The evening included performances by ambassador alumni and recognition for the outgoing ambassadors and other volunteers.

This year the program increased its emphasis on continuing education, as it was renamed the Ambassador Scholarship Program with two age divisions.

The Junior Ambassadors (ages 10-12) are eligible to earn a $500 scholarship and the Ambassador division (14-19) were eligible to earn a $2,000 scholarship.

A panel of judges made the final selections based on public presence and interaction with others. They took into consideration the candidates’ social skills, communication, attitude, personality, poise, manners, commitment and volunteerism.

Ambassadors will spend much of the year attending community parades and festivals throughout the area.

Members will volunteer for local events such as the Halloween Hodgepodge, Holz Farm Lone Oak Days and Market Fest.

Ambassadors also work alongside the Eagan YMCA, serving Pumpkin Patch patrons at Think Mutual Bank, assisting residents during the Commons on Marice spring gala, and packing food at Feed My Starving Children. They’ll also volunteer for charities such as Open Door’s Empty Bowls fundraiser and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon’s Toys for Military Kids.

One of the ambassadors’ signature events during Funfest is the Brain Freeze ice cream eating contest where they compete against visiting ambassadors and other community members to see who can eat a scoop of ice cream the fastest.

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