Morse High School student Boden Gould has been selected as a Fuel Up to Play 60 National Youth Council member.

Gould, a freshman, is the state ambassador for the program in Maine. This summer, he will attend the program’s national summit in Atlanta, Ga. Morse graduate Noa Sreden was previously on the council until her graduation in 2017.

“When I went to the 2017 student ambassador summit, I was really inspired by the youth council I was around,” said Gould. He knew then he wanted to be a part of the council. He was nominated and then had to apply. “When I was selected to be part of this group of students I was so excited to start working with them. I can’t wait to be part of the Youth Council this upcoming ambassador summit.”

The Youth Council is a group of Fuel Up to Play 60’s most engaged ambassadors who have attended at least one National Summit. These students have proven leadership experience as well as participated in the program’s leadership training and often represent it at community and national events.

They have proven their dedication to healthy eating and physical activity and have been a part of Fuel Up to Play 60 over consecutive school years. As a member of the Youth Council, Gould will be involved in organizing and administration of the national summit and will have a leadership role in working with other students attending. He will also be able to have input in the organization.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives. The program is driven by students who work with an adult program advisor.

Gould is very involved in his school and participates on the football, basketball, baseball, and Wellness teams. He also volunteers at the Bath Area Food Bank and plays AAU basketball. Gould says he enjoys encouraging other students to be active and sharing what he knows about Fuel Up to Play 60.

“We have no doubt that Boden will meet and exceed the expectations of the current Youth Council,” said Catherine Hoffmann, school programs manager for the Maine Dairy & Nutrition Council, which oversees Fuel Up to Play 60 in Maine. “He is motivated and ready to take on the additional responsibility as part of the Youth Council.”