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Young Living Desert Lovers Become Ambassadors

Students entered a contest to win the roles by submitting a photo of themselves and a short essay describing what The Living Desert means to them.

Twenty-two children have been selected to serve as ambassadors for The Living Desert, following the first-ever "Zoo Cool" contest.

The 22 winners selected range in age from 4 to 12 and include two sets of twins, zoo officials said.

The winners are part of The Living Desert’s “Zoo Cool Crew” and will be featured on billboards, TV commercials, web, posters and brochures.

They will also serve as ambassadors of the park, sharing all they learn at The Living Desert with their schoolmates, friends and family.

Their families will receive a year's free admission to the zoo, officials said.

The students entered the contest by submitting photos of themselves and short essays describing what The Living Desert means to them.

“To be Zoo Cool means to love The Living Desert; to love nature, conservation, and of course, love all of our animals,” Living Desert spokesperson Nyla Patzner said.

“These kids are going to be the faces of The Living Desert for the next year and ambassadors of the park for a lifetime.

"This is an exciting opportunity not only for The Living Desert, but for all of the kids selected. We’re thrilled to have such a wonderful and passionate group.”

The “Crew”, which recently gathered for its first photo session, will soon be seen on advertisements and billboards which are slated to go up later this month.

The winners are:

NAME                                        AGE       SCHOOL                                                                 

Collin Amick

5

George Washington Charter

Ian Amick

5

George Washington Charter

Wallis Bregman

9

Marywood Palm Valley

Juliana Burke

10

Marywood Palm Valley

Eden Burkett

9

Cielo Vista Elementary

Jacob Castaneda

9

Rancho Mirage Elementary

Ashley Hobbes

8

Gerald Ford Elementary

Kenny Hopper

5

The Palm Desert Learning Tree

Sierra Anne Jessup

10

Sacred Heart School

Alana Jones

9

James Earl Carter Elementary

Catherine Jones

8

St. Theresa School

Clay Jones

8

St. Theresa School

Layton Jones

9

St. Theresa School

Abenet Lammers

9

Madison Elementary

Olivia Middleton-Hendrix

4

Cielo Vista Elementary

Gerardo Paiva Fajardo

4

John Kelley Elementary

Jake Puchi

8

St. Theresa School

Vincent Sofonio

5

The Academy of Palm Desert

Kaleb Stark

6

John Adams Elementary

Natasha Terrell

6

Benjamin Franklin Elementary

Lanie Theel

9

James Earl Carter Elementary

Mia Theel

7

James Earl Carter Elementary

CarolynPD November 14, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Great idea! Cute kids!

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