Weiler, Carlson to serve Aquatennial

Two well-known volunteers from Anoka Halloween — including an Elk River teacher — have been chosen to serve with the Minneapolis Aquatennial’s ambassador program.


Sharolyn Carlson and Sonja Weiler, longtime organizers of the Anoka Royal Ambassadors Program, have been selected as captains with the Minneapolis Aquatennial. Captains are appointed to serve a one-year term as ambassadors through the state and region. They are responsible for escorting the princesses and in the absence of the commodore, the Queen of the Lakes.

Weiler has been a secondary marketing teacher at Elk River High School for 13 years. She serves on multiple leadership committees throughout the Elk River School District and at the state level. Currently, she is the DECA adviser at Elk River High School and chairperson for the Minnesota DECA Board of Directors. She has been recognized as “Teacher of the Year” by Minnesota DECA (2005) and the Minnesota’s Association of Career and Technical Administrators (2009).

Weiler is also active with the Anoka Halloween Festival, where she has been a member for the past 12 years. Weiler, along with Carlson, leads the festival’s ambassador program. Weiler herself served as community ambassador for the festival in 1997.

Carlson teaches fourth-grade science and math for the Anoka-Hennepin School District at Morris Bye Elementary School in Coon Rapids. She is active on several leadership teams at Morris Bye and her service to her students has included being the adviser for yearbook, school store, K-Kids, broadcast team and math club.

Carlson served on Anoka Halloween, Inc. for 12 years and was an executive board member for 11 years. For over a decade, she has led the ambassador program as a co-coordinator alongside fellow 2013 Aquatennial Captain Weiler. Over the years, the program has provided leadership training to more than 300 ambassador candidates and has mentored 33 ambassadors.

Carlson will receive her master’s degree in instructional leadership from Bethel University during fall 2012.