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Buhler wins Youth of the Year for Boys and Girls Club

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Elizabeth Buhler, left, with Chelsea Kravitz, BGCNLT teen manager who nominated Buhler for Youth of the Year.

KINGS BEACH, Calif. and#8212; Selected among several outstanding youth, Elizabeth Buhler will compete against other Boys and Girls Club members for the California Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation. As the new Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, 15-year-old Buhler is an example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community. Buhler is hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Club member Jasmine Marquez who was awarded the California Youth of the Year title in 2009.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys and Girls Club member can receive. As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys and Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys and Girls Clubs.

and#8220;Elizabeth is a role model for all Club members and#8212; she is talented, works hard and always has a good attitude. It has been fun watching her grow over the years. She is on her way to great things for sure,and#8221; said Mindy Carbajal, executive director, Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe.

Buhler, a junior at North Tahoe High School, has been a member of BGCNLT for 11 years. She is active in many extracurricular activities both in school and at the Club. In school, she is a member of the varsity soccer and basketball teams, plays in the Jazz Band and still maintains a 3.3 grade point average. At the Boys and Girls Club, she has participated in sports leagues, Smart Girls, and has helped with numerous community and fundraising events. She volunteers to help kids with homework, has volunteered as a soccer and basketball coach during summer camps and even served for a summer as an incredibly strong and effective camp counselor. As if this wasn’t impressive enough, she is also a huge help at home and at her father’s business, Peluso’s Apizza in Kings Beach.

If Buhler wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Pacific Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware, the recognition program’s national sponsor. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2012, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from the Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

The Club is located at 8125 Steelhead Ave., Kings Beach. Call 530-546-4324 or visit http://www.bgcnlt.org for information.