In the coronation ceremony held Tuesday evening in the Auditorium filled with family, friends and royalty, Michele Heinecke, Molly Coughlin and Eylani Sanchez were named the 2011-12 Richfield Ambassadors.
The three were chosen out of the 13 candidates in total. Judging was held during the past several days in groups and individually by a three-judge panel: Anna Anderson, Laurie Solle and Sonja Weiler.
Emcees Peter Flynn and Ashley Gibbs kept things flowing through out the evening. Flynn was able to put the candidates at ease with subtle humor and jumping fish during the question answer part of the program.
The programs theme was "Dive for Your Dreams" with aquatic decorations that made the atmosphere very enchanting. In the "sparkle section" there was royalty from all over the metro offering their support. The Minneapolis Aquatennial Royalty was also there to give out the Commodores Award and to announce that Baza Haile-Selassie will represent the in the Minneapolis Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes Scholarship Program.
Other presentations were:
- Most Buttons Sold: Heinecke with 82 buttons sold;
- The Best Treasure Chest Presentation: Heinecke;
- Miss Congeniality: Stephanie Thammabanevong;
- Commodores Award: Lin and Rob Shurtleff.
Congratulations to the newest Richfield Ambassadors.