New this year, and anticipated to be awarded annually, is the Andrea Grote Award. Andrea, a longtime French teacher at North Branch Area Schools, succumbed to her struggles with cancer last May. But her legacy and positive impact on others will live on, in part, through this award named after her. Pictured, Kallie Grote, daughter of Andrea and Kevin Grote, announced the establishment of the award before presenting it to 2013 candidate Lizzy Anderson. “My mom was a loving, beautiful and compassionate woman,” said Kallie, a 2011 Midsummer Ambassador and 2012 graduate of North Branch Area High School.
The 2013 Midsummer Ambassadors were crowned during a fun and emotional coronation event Friday night, June 21 under the American Legion tent in North Branch. Crowned were Mikayla Carlson, Kaitlyn Johnson and Lizzy Anderson in front of many family members and friends.
— Photos in slideshow above were taken by Jon Tatting