November 29, 2023

Two Lake Students Shine as 2024 Florida’s Hometown Ambassadors

1.2 min read| Published On: November 29th, 2023|

By Cindy Peterson

Two Lake Students Shine as 2024 Florida’s Hometown Ambassadors

1.2 min read| Published On: November 29th, 2023|

Every year, Florida’s Hometown USA Program selects five outstanding students from across the state to proudly represent their hometowns and spread goodwill throughout Florida. This year, two young ladies from Lake County have earned the honor of being chosen as Florida’s Hometown Ambassadors for 2024.

Meagann Goodridge, from Fruitland Park, has been selected as the college representative. Meagann, the daughter of Tammy and Wayne Goodridge, embodies the spirit of volunteerism and community service that the program holds dear. She is also the former 2021-2022 Miss Leesburg.

Raegan Mallory, a student from Umatilla, has been chosen as the elementary school representative. Raegan, daughter of Lindsey and Hunter Mallory, is a shining example of youthful enthusiasm for making a difference in the lives of others.

Florida’s Hometown USA Program, Inc., a non-profit educational youth organization founded in 1986, aims to instill the values of volunteer work and inspire Florida’s youth to engage in meaningful community service.

Both Meagann and Raegan have been recognized for their dedication to volunteer and community service. As ambassadors, they will embark on a journey filled with visits to nursing homes, children’s hospitals, veteran’s hospitals, charity events, and various other activities throughout the Sunshine State. The program collaborates with 29 facilities statewide, providing opportunities for our volunteers to make a meaningful impact.

Joining Meagann and Raegan as ambassadors for 2024 are three other outstanding students from Polk City, Santa Rosa Beach, and Miramar. Together, they form a talented team of youth leaders who are ready to represent their communities with pride and dedication.


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About the Author: Cindy Peterson

Originally from the small town of Berryville, Arkansas, Cindy has become a multimedia specialist in journalism, photography, videography and video editing.

She has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Central Arkansas and is a correspondent for The Daily Commercial, LakeFront TV and Beacon College’s PBS talk show, “A World of Difference,” where she received an Anthem Award and Telly Award.

When she isn’t working, Cindy spends time with her husband, Ryan, and son, David, traveling and taking photos of landscapes and wildlife.

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