The Minneapolis Aquatennial Ambassador Organization (AAO) is excited to announce that Hailey Cobb will represent the community of Granite Falls in the AAO Candidate Program from July 23 through July 28. This year, 52 candidates will be participating in the program; one young woman is chosen to be the Queen of the Lakes, and two women are chosen as Princesses. The selection team considers a variety of criteria including: professionalism, public speaking ability, current and future goals, education and co-curricular/extracurricular activities.

In addition to the interview process, the candidates also participate in leadership and personal development, and other unique experiences. These experiences include visiting Minneapolis hallmarks like The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, visiting the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and the Mississippi River Boat Cruise. Community members are invited to cheer on their community representative at the traditional Meet the Candidates event, taking place on Wednesday, July 24 at the Minneapolis City Center Rotunda from Noon to 2:00 pm.

The week culminates with the Coronation of the 2020 Aquatennial Ambassadors at Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus on Saturday, July 27 at 4PM with a reception one hour prior. Tickets will be available to the public through the University of Minnesota website. Community members are encouraged to send well wishes to their candidate at the Millenium Hotel, 1313 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (indicate they are an AAO Candidate).

The 2019 Ambassador Team includes: Queen of the Lakes Haley Rogers from the community of Albertville; Commodore Ann Bailey with DARTS; Aquatennial Princess Mandy Rochel from the community of Chisago Lakes; Captain Marjorie Weinhagen with Weinhagen Tires; Aquatennial Princess Courtney Engholm from the community of Sleepy Eye; Captain Jackie Paul with 360 Communities. The Aquatennial Ambassador Organization (AAO) has been a pioneering organization in building partnerships and relationships with the Minneapolis Aquatennial, City of Minneapolis and local communities throughout Minnesota since 1940. Our Ambassadors serve as positive role models by making over 250 public appearances every year.

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