As part of the runup to the city's , the Richfield Ambassadors held a recognition event Thursday evening to showcase more than 30 candidates currently vying to become ambassadors and junior ambassadors next year.
All the candidates gave short speeches and thanked their sponsors after enjoying refreshments. Fourteen girls ages 17-22 are currently competing for three ambassador positions, while 18 young girls and boys in kindergarten and first grade are competing to become one of two junior ambassadors.
Active for more than twenty-five years, the ambassador program asks those awarded the prize to undertake their duties for a year, appearing at charity and civic functions across Minnesota as representatives of the city. Ambassadors must also participate in educational activities aimed at building life skills such as networking and public speaking. The award carries a $1,200 educational scholarship for ambassadors, while junior ambassadors receive a $300 savings bond.
Junior ambassadors will be announced July 4; ambassadors will be announced July 5.