Meet the ambassadors
The City of Andalusia’s Ambassadors for the 2018-19 school year recently were introduced to the Andalusia City Council.
Students are selected through an interview process and serve as official hosts and hostesses for community events. Jerri Stroud and Debbie Posey direct the program.
Parents: David and Jill Bryant.
Activities: Peer Helper Club, Anchor Club, Usher Club, Band, AHS tennis team, and Color Guard captain. Also, volunteers with Meredith’s Miracles Cookies with Characters, and First Baptist Church youth group.
“One thing I love about being a city ambassador is that I serve a community of people that I am proud to be a part of under the leadership of Mrs. Stroud. I have learned through this experience the power of service and the positive impact it will always leave on the community.”
Parents: Sharon and Daniel Bulger
Activities: Key Club, Peer Helpers and varsity baseball team, Andalusia First Baptist Church guitarist, and Sunday morning worship leader at First Baptist Church Gantt
“Being an Ambassador gives me an opportunity to represent the best high school in the state from a different aspect than sports. We are looked up to by our peers, and respected throughout the community. I have learned through this organization how to represent my high school the best way I personally can, as well as how our city works. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to become an ambassador of the great city of Andalusia.”
Parents: Brad and Becky Garner.
Activities: Memolusia editor, Anchor Club, Usher Club, SGA Parliamentarian, Class Pianist, Key Club, marching band, and AHS Cheerleader captain. Also represented AHS at Girl’s State, and is the current Covington County’s Distinguished Young Woman. Dancer and instructor at ADTC, First Baptist Church Youth, Comfort Care Hospice volunteer.
“Being an Andalusia City Ambassador is something that I take much pride in. I feel like this city has offered me so much from the programs for the community to the mentors that have encouraged me through the years. Being able to give back to this community is a great honor and something I feel is very important.”
Activities: AHS drum major
“The first thought that enters my mind when thinking about Andalusia is blessings. I have had the opportunity to grow up in small town with a loving and supportive environment. The main reason I wished to pursue becoming an ambassador is to give back to the community that gave so much to me. I love this city and I knew that I could be a shining example of the type of individual this city can produce.”
Parents: Jody and Nicole Jackson
Activities: AHS football team, Key Club, Usher Club president, and SGA treasurer. Also, church praise band.
“I like being an ambassador because it allows me to have an role in many important community events.”
Parents: Dr. Troy Jones and Angie Jones
Activities: Peer helper club, SGA Vice President, football, baseball, and Central Church of Christ
“What I like about being an ambassador is that I can give my time, efforts, and service back to the community that has given me so much. I have learned that being of service to others will put on a good image not only for myself but for the community of Andalusia.”
Parents: Daks and Dana Kennedy
Activities: Peer Helper Club, trumpet in AHS band, varsity soccer, Bethany Baptist Student Ministry, and referee for youth soccer.
“I was encouraged to become an ambassador because of the skills I could learn from it and take with me for the rest of my life, and that I would have the honor of getting to serve this great city that I live in.”
Parents: Randall and Katie Lee
Activities: AHS Peer Helper Club, saxophone section leader in AHS Band, and the Covington County 4H club.
“I love ambassadors simply for the fact that I get to serve the greatest city in Alabama under great leadership. It truly is something I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life. It gives you an up close and personal view on how cities function.”
Parents: David and Debbie Marcum
Activities: Varsity football team, AHS Peer Helpers vice president, Class of 2019 president, Usher Club, Student Leadership Team, and Student Government Association (SGA). Also, 2018-19 PowerSouth Youth Tour Rep, AREA National Youth Leadership Council Alternate, First Baptist Church youth group.
“The Andalusia City Ambassadors allows us as students to give back to a community that is constantly working to make our city and county a better place to live.
“The City Ambassadors as well as the director Mrs. Jerri Stroud has taught me that no act small or large goes without impact. And that no matter who you are or what background you come, from you can always make a difference.”
Parents: Eric and Terri Maurer
Activities: Peer Helpers, FCCLA, SGA, AHS tennis and cross country.
“What I like about being an ambassador is that it allows me to be a role model and representative for my city. I’ve learned the importance of being involved in your community and city government, and that it only takes on person to brighten someone’s day.”
Parents: Anthony and Amy Mikel.
Activities: Andalusia High School band, Peer Helper Club, Anchor Club, and Key Club. Also, AHS volleyball and AHS softball team, travel softball team and church youth group.
“ I wanted to become an ambassador because it lets me help out in our community and I get to learn so much about our town and the people in it.”
Parents: Ashton and Kendra Wells
Activities: Band, FCCLA, Peer Helpers, SGA, Anchor Club, Science and Philosophy club, Usher Club, and St. Mary’s Episcopal church.
“I wanted to become an ambassador after watching my older sister, Alden, do it. I always admired her work and involvement as an ambassador. I saw her experiences as an ambassador and wished to be able to experience it as well.”
Parents: John and Cheryl Yanes
Activities: Anchor Club, dual enrollment student through the University of Alabama, Christ the King Catholic Church youth group and choir, and voluntter for St. Vincent de Paul Society.
“What I like about being an ambassador is the fact that I get to learn important social skills and and I learn how to present myself in important events. Also, I am not from Andalusia, so this gives me an opportunity to get a behind the scenes look as what it takes to put on some of our beautiful community’s most important events.
“I have learned how to present myself in front of adults and how to be punctual.”