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Queen of the Lakes Haley Rogers

from the community of Albertville

Haley is from the community of Albertville. Haley is a 2018 graduate from St. Michael-Albertville High School, and is now a studying mathematics with a concentration in secondary education at St. Olaf College.  Haley believes in finding a calling rather than a career, and has a desire to positively influence the lives of young people. Haley's favorite school activities included anything related to student government and leadership and the fine arts, including theater, and the five choir groups in which she participated!

Ann Bailey is the President at DARTS, a non-profit committed to “creating connections that enrich aging.” Ann became familiar with DARTS when her father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis began to take its toll on the family, and she received a referral. In caring for Dad, Ann became passionate about the need to help older adults age well. Believing deeply in the DARTS mission --“creating connections that enrich aging” -- she joined the nonprofit’s Board in 2010.  In 2015, Ann left her Target career (she was an IT leader) to lead DARTS as its President. She is honored that DARTS was recognized as the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit of the year in 2017.

 

Ann has provided board service for Fairview Hospitals Auxiliary, MN Chapter of Project Man

Ann Bailey is the President at DARTS, a non-profit committed to “creating connections that enrich aging.” Ann became familiar with DARTS when her father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis began to take its toll on the family, and she received a referral. In caring for Dad, Ann became passionate about the need to help older adults age well. Believing deeply in the DARTS mission --“creating connections that enrich aging” -- she joined the nonprofit’s Board in 2010.  In 2015, Ann left her Target career (she was an IT leader) to lead DARTS as its President. She is honored that DARTS was recognized as the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit of the year in 2017.

 

Ann has provided board service for Fairview Hospitals Auxiliary, MN Chapter of Project Management Institute, and currently the River Heights Chamber of Commerce. She is an active member in the MN Leadership Council on Aging, Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, South Robert Street Business Association, Twin Cities Aging Network and is a certified Dementia Friend.

 

Ann graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus with Bachelor of Science in Business. She married her college sweetheart, Randy in 1991. They reside in Apple Valley where Randy demystified math and statistics for District 196 high school students, retiring after 25 years.The Baileys enjoy traveling, golfing, reading, and gathering friends together. Ann likes to cook, particularly when her little vegetable gardens are producing. She and Randy are aunt/uncle to six wonderful young people and honorary aunts/uncles to the neighborhood kids.

Aquatennial Princess Mandy Rochel

from the community of Chisago Lakes

Mandy is from the community of Chisago Lakes. Mandy is a 2018 graduate of Chisago Lakes High School, and is now a student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Mandy will be studying nutritional science and biological systems engineering. Mandy hopes to work to innovate technology for the medical field, specifically in nutrition-based medical adaptations. Mandy is a runner, writes poetry, and makes maple syrup with her family every spring.

Marjorie Weinhagen is the Office Manager at Weinhagen Tire Company in Saint Paul. Marjorie, along with her husband, Christian, are proud to be the fourth generation of Weinhagens to work at this family owned and operated company since 1922!

The Weinhagens are avid volunteers. Marjorie spent many years on the Annual Gala planning committee for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities. The Weinhagens were introduced to the strong tradition of Minnesota festivals during the 2015 Saint Paul Winter Carnival when her husband served as the West Wind Prince. The experience was so spectacular that it has since led to new opportunities to serve.  They include, but are not limited to, chairing the international visiting royalty, the Annual LoBaido Volunteer Service Award Dinner, Spirits of Carnival, the West Wind Fundraiser, volunteering as a Dignitary Host with AAO, Director of Communications for the Ambassadors board of the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, and judging the South Dakota Snow Queen Scholarship program in 2017.

 

Marjorie was born and raised in small-town Minnesota. She spent her childhood on a lake in Zimmerman and graduated from Litchfield High School, followed by a BA in Business Management from the College of St. Scholastica. She currently resides in the city of Mounds View with her husband of 13 years, and their 3 children -  Andrew (10), Mikey (8), and Frankie (5).

Aquatennial Princess Courtney Engholm

from the community of Sleepy Eye

Courtney is from Sleepy Eye, and graduated from Sleepy Eye Senior High School in 2017. Courtney is a student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities studying child psychology. She hopes to find a career that combines her interests of child development, language acquisition and cultural studies. Courtney is involved in a campus ministry and the Child Psychology Student Organization. She likes to find an outdoor study spot on campus in the warmer months, and a cozy spot at a campus cafe in the winter months.

Jackie Paul works on the Development Team at 360 Communities. She is proud to be a part of a team that works to break cycles of violence, provide access to healthy food, and promote school readiness and success. She represents 360 Communities in many Chambers of Commerce including as a Co-Chair of the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce Next Leaders. Jackie is also a member of the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights Rotary Club.

 

Jackie spends her free time with family, playing soccer, or on a lake. She also spends her summer evenings with the Midwest Ski Otter Waterski Team where she coaches the Junior Team.

 

Jackie was raised in White Bear Lake and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Business Economics minor at the University of Notre Dame. While at Notre Dame, Jackie also spent two summers working at nonprofits in South Africa. After graduation, Jackie moved to San Antonio, Texas with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and worked at a shelter for young women who were pregnant and/or parenting. Jackie is excited to be back in Minnesota to enjoy the summers at the lake and the winters in the snow.

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The Aquatennial Ambassadors represent the Minneapolis Aquatennial at nearly 300 community festivals and events throughout North America each year.

 

The Ambassador Crew consists of the Queen of the Lakes, Commodore, two Aquatennial Princesses and two Captains who volunteer their time and efforts for the AAO.

 

The Senior Ambassadors, supported by the Minneapolis Aquatennial Senior Alumni Association (MASAA) complete the Aquatennial Ambassador Crew with the Senior Queen, Senior Commodore, Senior Princess and Senior Vice-Commodore.

 

At the end of their year of service as an Aquatennial Ambassador, the Queen of the Lakes and Princesses each receive educational scholarships provided by the generous donors and members of the AAO.

Aquatennial Ambassador Crew

The Queen of the Lakes began with the Aquatennial's inception in 1940.

When the Ambassador Crew visits a community that sends an Ambassador Candidate to Aquatennial Week, a Queen's Charm is given to the Candidate as her official invitation.

The Commodore
is the primary spokesperson for the AAO and escort of the Queen of the Lakes.

At each festival the Ambassador Crew visits, an Honorary Commodore Award is presented to an outstanding volunteer nominated by the local community.

In recognition of his/her year of service, the Commodore is promoted to Admiral and is given a blue coat.

The Aquatennial Princesses were added to the Ambassador Crew in 1952. 

Similar to the Queen of the Lakes, each Princess wears a Crown featuring a stylized "M" for Minneapolis inside of a heart and waves representing the City's nickname, "The City of Lakes."

The Aquatennial Captains 

are the primary escorts of the Princesses and responsible for keeping the Aquatennial Crew organized and on-time.

Captains & Commodores are chosen by a nomination committee.  In recognition of their year of service, the Captains are promoted to Commanders and given a gray coat.