Student Ambassador Groups Formed at East, West

Student Ambassador Groups Formed at East, West
Posted on 02/12/2018
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 halftime ceremonyLast week’s ‘Go Gold for Dragonfly Basketball Game’ is just the first of many projects that Lakota West students have planned as part of The Dragonfly Foundation’s Student Ambassador Program.

Through the program, students advocate for the charity through service projects and volunteering opportunities, as well as learn how to use their personal strengths, resources, and connections to make a positive impact in their community. There are currently Student Ambassador Groups at Lakota East and West, and The Dragonfly Foundation hopes to establish student groups at other local high schools in the coming years. The goal of the organization is to help young cancer and bone marrow transplant patients and their families find strength. West ambassadors include seniors Ali Hausfield and AJ Petersen, as well as juniors Megan Shaffer and Tony Amsbaugh.

The first annual Go Gold game was a success, selling out of gold t-shirts and raising over $2000 for The Dragonfly Foundation. But what stood out most to the West ambassadors was how people came together to rally around the cause by providing postgame music, dressing up as Star Wars characters, and just stepping up left and right to help make the evening a success.

Lakota East will be holding a similar “Orange Out” game to benefit the charity on Feb. 16. It’s their third annual student-led fundraiser. The school will be selling orange t-shirts and bandanas in advance of next week’s game; for more information, be sure to follow @LEHSorangeout on Twitter.

The West Student Ambassador Group will now focus outreach efforts on the #SpreadSmilesForDragonfly walk/run campaign. They will represent The Dragonfly Foundation at the Cincinnati Cyclones Frozen 5K/10K, the Shamrock Shuffle 5K/10K, and the Cincinnati Flying Pig. In fact, Ali is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for 'Fastest Half-Marathon Dressed as an Emoji' at the Flying Pig in May.

“The idea came to me last fall,” said Ali. “I have been volunteering for Dragonfly since 2013, and the organization has developed a very special place in my heart. Over the course of these five years, I have seen the many ways that Dragonfly serves pediatric cancer patients and their families. Seeing their incredible impact through my volunteer experiences made me want to do more for the organization.”

You can help support Ali and her fellow West Ambassadors by walking or running in the Shamrock Shuffle and Flying Pig with their team – simply select The Dragonfly Foundation during registration. For updates on the work of the West Ambassadors, follow them on Twitter (@WestDragonfly).

Pictured: Halftime ceremony at the Lakota West 'Go for Gold" basketball game. (Photo courtesy of Kimheart Moeung)