The Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce officially announced its new Ambassadors for the 2015-16 year, during an orientation session at Heritage Park on Thursday.
The new Ambassadors, who will all be high school seniors next year, are Jakius Brown, Madelyn Boatwright, Mariah Freeman, Sage Garrett, Madalynn Grimsley, Ethan Heller, Nathan Jurjevich, Chyla Lindsey, Paige Martin, Emmanuel Morris, Mikayla Spruill and Arri Torres.
Chamber Ambassadors participate in volunteer work to help the chamber and city with various projects, including Market in the Park, Williams Station Day and Christmas season events. In addition, they serve as official representatives of the city.
“I just want to say how proud I am of those who made it,” Atmore Mayor Jim Staff said. “This is one of the steps in your future, and your future is bright.”
Chamber President Ricky Martin told the students that they will “learn about the city and a lot about yourselves.”
“You’re going to represent our community,” he said. “You’ll learn about responsibility and about balancing your school work and your Chamber work. It’s a great program.”
Whitney Johnson, a former Chamber Ambassador and a 2010 graduate of Escambia County High School, told the new Ambassadors that the program would be beneficial for them forever.
“It has helped me grow in my academic career, as well as my professional career,” she said. “You’ll get a lot out of it, if you put a lot into it.”