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Continued: Eagan teen is first male in what has been a female role

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 26, 2014 - 2:00 PM

“I thought it just looked right up his alley,” she said.

He likes to volunteer, she said, and “is kind, with a big heart.”

“He’s got a comfort about himself that I don’t always see in high school boys,” she added.

“I didn’t judge him, but [Reece is] what we’re looking for,” Ferber said.

Peters, who will be a freshman at Eagan High School, wanted to be an ambassador because “I really love Eagan,” he said. “I think it’s not only about representing the community, but helping the community.”

In addition to volunteering, he has participated in Destination Imagination (DI), a creative problem-solving program, for six years and recently competed in the improvisational category, which “really improves on-the-spot talking and performing,” he said.

The DI experience was helpful, since ambassadors were judged in part on public speaking ability. They also attended many events and met lots of new people when they were candidates, the teen said.

He also enjoys riding his scooter, reading and drawing — “nothing really extravagant,” he said.

His mom said the family “couldn’t be more thrilled” that Peters was picked. At the competition, he received the Teen Spirit award, formerly known as Miss Congeniality, voted on by fellow candidates.

“They voted for him, and we about fell off our chairs,” Shawna Peters said.

Ferber said other cities have said it was “kind of cool” to have boys involved. But he acknowledged Peters will be the lone guy sitting among a lot of queens and princesses at events, including the “sparkle section” at other cities’ coronations.

When he was in the running to be an ambassador, he “hung out with both genders equally,” Peters said.

Now, the ambassadors — five girls and himself, ranging from age 10 to 17 — are all on friendly terms. “I mean, I don’t know who wouldn’t get along with these people,” he said.

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