BATH — Four Maine students, including an incoming freshman and a recent graduate of Morse High School, and two adult program advisors recently returned from a trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they participated in the 2017 Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit from July 24-27, and had the opportunity to rub elbows with professional football players. In all, about 175 students and 80 program advisors from 45 states attended the event.

Freshman Boden Gould, of Bath, is this year’s Maine Student Ambassador for the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. He was excited to attend the summit, and the event did not disappoint.

“It was a great experience and opportunity to meet other like-minded student ambassadors that have the same passion for health and wellness,” he said. “I look forward to sharing what I learned at the student ambassador summit with other students and adults in my school district.”

He was accompanied by Bath Middle School teacher and Fuel Up to Play 60 advisor Maria Newcomb. “It was an honor to attend the national Fuel Up to Play 60 summit with Boden as a program advisor,” she said.

“To witness the leadership, creativity and perseverance of these young students as they led sessions and participated in competitions together was just incredible. As a program advisor, I was inspired by other teachers and advisors from around the country who have put in a great deal of effort to make their schools and communities healthier. I hope to bring the strategies and ideas I learned at the summit back to continue our work at Bath Middle School,” Newcomb added.

Recent Morse High School graduate and former state ambassador Noa Sreden attended her last summit as a member of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Youth Council, a small group of selected, engaged ambassadors who serve as leaders and help in planning the summit each year.

Sreden led the kickoff event of the National Summit, which took place at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis – home of the Vikings and the venue for the next Super Bowl, speaking and introducing keynote speakers such as representatives from the Vikings, NFL, Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, Land O’Lakes and GENYOUth.

Activities that followed during the week included field trips to Enchanted Dairy Farm in Little, Minnesota; WinField Answer Plot – a facility for research,
technological advancements in crop growing and developing sustainable farming practices to better conserve air, water and land; and the Land O’Lakes test kitchen.

Students also participated in a farm-to-fork dinner and Ask a Farmer event; a smoothie blend off and pizza recipe contest; FLAG football activities with NFL players and alumni and much more. Sreden also spoke at the closing ceremony as a graduating member of the Youth Council.

In Maine, Fuel Up to Play 60 is funded by Maine’s dairy farmers. For more information about the program or to get involved, visit fueluptoplay60.com. To read more about Sreden’s experience with the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and Youth Council, see her blog post at http://blog.fueluptoplay60.com/noa-graduates-from-futp-60.

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