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2017 Maple Grove Ambassadors Crowned

Jul 18, 2017 12:59PM ● Published by Wendy Erlien

2017 Maple Grove Ambassadors Natalie Kampa, Emily Johnson and Callie Marino. (photo provided by MGAP; photo courtesy for Rich Moll Photography)

After weeks of candidacy, three new 2017 Maple Grove Ambassadors (Natalie Kampa, Emily Johnson, and Callie Marino) were crowned Friday, July 14 at the annual Ambassador Coronation at Maple Grove Senior High. 

All three described the evening of the coronation, and crowning, through a variety of emotions – from nervousness to excitement. 

“After all the waiting [during candidacy], it was just amazing to be crowned! Now, we’re on to the ambassador year – it’s a good feeling,” Natalie Kampa said. She is a 2015 Osseo Senior High graduate planning on continuing her education at North Dakota State University this fall for further education in Respiratory Care. 

After feeling a slightly nervous before appearing on stage, once she saw all the candidates, Emily Johnson said felt excited to celebrate. “It was such a surprise,” she said of being crowned. “Afterwards is a little bit of a blur, but the rest of the night was so much fun! I'm so excited for this season.” In addition to her ambassador duties, Johnson is a former Maple Grove Senior High student and currently attending St. Olaf College. 

“Last night was absolutely the most exciting day! It was just a blur after we were crowned, before it was nerves and butterflies,” Callie Marino said on Saturday of the coronation the previous evening. “Seeing everybody out in the audience that came to support me was just really wonderful.” Marino, a 2017 Maple Grove Senior High graduate, is planning on attending the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota for marketing in the fall. 

All three candidates, now Maple Grove Ambassadors, were drawn to participating in the Maple Grove Ambassador Scholarship Program from a desire to give back to their community and knowing the impact others involved in ambassador programs had. 

“I thought what they did was so inspiring,” Marino said. 

Each year, three women are chosen as ambassadors to represent Maple Grove. They are selected “by a panel of independent judges based on poise, character, community involvement and speaking ability,” according to the Maple Grove Ambassador Scholarship Program website. Each ambassador receives a $3,000 scholarship. 

During the year, the ambassadors will represent Maple Grove at more than 70 events locally and statewide. 

The ambassadors for 2016 were Kelli Richardson, Ellie Brimeyer, and Megan Nelson. Brimeyer is representing Maple Grove as a candidate for the Minneapolis Aquatennial Ambassador Organization – one of 53 candidates this year.

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