Elise Toussaint to represent North Branch at Aquatennial

Elise Toussaint, crowned a Midsummer Ambassador in June 2017, will represent North Branch in the 2019 Minneapolis Aquatennial in July.  

The Minneapolis Aquatennial Ambassador Organization (AAO) is excited to announce that Elise Toussaint will represent the community of North Branch in the AAO Candidate Program from July 23 through July 28.

This year, 52 candidates will participate in the program – one young woman is chosen as 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 such as visiting Minneapolis hallmarks like The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and taking a Mississippi River boat cruise.

Community members are invited to cheer on their community representative at the traditional Meet the Candidates event on Wednesday, July 24, at the Minneapolis City Center Rotunda from 12-2 p.m.

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 4 p.m. 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, MN 55403 (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. Its Ambassadors serve as positive role models by making over 250 public appearances every year. For more information visit www.aquatennialambassadors.com.

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