Ariana Hinmon and Layna Reynolds attended the 2016 Student Ambassador Summit in West Lafayette, Indiana, over the summer as State Ambassadors for the Fuel Up to 60 Program. Both Ms. Hinmon and Ms. Reynolds said that it was an incredible experience that provided them with tips for promoting the program in the school and the district. The students were both in fifth grade at Mispillion Elementary and now attend Milford Central Academy as sixth graders.
The girls travelled to Purdue University to attend the summit last summer where they learned more about healthy living and remaining active. “The whole experience at the Summit, making a difference, making new friends and staying healthy was the best part of being an Ambassador,” Ms. Reynolds said.
The Fuel Up to 60 Program promotes a healthy lifestyle among children. According to Ms. Hinmon, as an ambassador, she acted as a leader and role model who inspired others to become better leaders. She will now represent Delaware at the White House on Octobe 6 and will meet the First Lady, Michelle Obama.
“We help boost one another’s confidence and learn life skills from one another that we can use down the road,” Ms. Hinmon said. “We promote healthy eating, habits, staying in shape, becoming a leader, inspiring others and more. As leaders, we try to get others involved in the program because there are so many things you can learn.” Ms. Hinmon has used Fuel Up to Play 60 to overcome being bullied and has begun helping others with the same challenges. She loves to cook and has a desire to become a chef in the future.
The girls were chosen as ambassadors at the school level. They notified JoAnn Joseph, Cafeteria Manager and the advisor for the program, that they were interested in being ambassadors. The girls had to complete applications and be approved by their teacher. In order to attend the summit, they had to be at least 11 years old by the start of the summer and entering sixth grade at the start of the 2016-17 school year. They must have reached 45,000 or more points in the Fuel Up to 60 program and the school must have a program adviser assigned.
One of the goals of Ms. Reynolds is to start a Fuel Up to 60 Program at Milford Central Academy as the school currently does not have the program. She has been in the program for over three years. Ms. Hinmon agreed that it would be nice to have the program at the Academy.
“I am trying to stay actively involved with the program,” Ms. Hinmon said. “It will be a challenge because the school I currently attend doesn’t have an active program. I have been participating in Fuel Up to 60 since I was in second grade.”
Both girls are active in sports and school activities. Ms. Hinmon is a cheerleader for the football team and plans to try out to cheer for the basketball team. She said she may try out for the girls’ basketball team as well. Ms. Reynolds said that she enjoyed most sports and especially liked playing soccer.
“I loved being an Ambassador and had so much fun working with my peers and our advisors,” Ms. Hinmon said. “My favorite part was knowing that I could help inspire others to make healthy choices, stay active and become great leaders. Knowing that I could help and seeing others smile with excitement was breathtaking. This program is amazing and I recommend it to anyone who wants to have fun, be responsible and learn at the same time.”
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