New York and Texas teens named USBC Stars of Tomorrow


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    2008USBCSoTBrittniHamilton_small.jpg 2008USBCSoTKyleKahlden_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress has selected Brittni Hamilton (right) of Webster, N.Y., and Kyle Kahlden (left) of Houston as its 2008 USBC Stars of Tomorrow.

    With their honorary titles, Hamilton and Kahlden each will receive a $1,500 college scholarship that is renewable up to three times, for a total potential value of $6,000.

    Hamilton, 17, the Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow, is a senior at Webster Thomas High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society, Foreign Language Honor Society, student athletic council and varsity bowling team.

    A two-time New York state singles champion, she achieved national success as the 2007 USBC Youth Open Championships all-events champion and the 2006 Teen Masters champion. Hamilton is a USBC Junior Gold member, serves as secretary of her local USBC Youth Leaders chapter and dedicated over 700 hours to community volunteer activities to earn the 2005 Presidential Award.

    "It is important for me to try to be a role model whether it is on the bowling lanes, in school or just in general," said Hamilton, who also was named to the 2007 Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team earlier this year. "I've had the opportunity to work with some great coaches and goal-setting is one of the things they taught me from the beginning."

    Next fall she plans to pursue a degree in human resources management and bowl competitively at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., home of the reigning NCAA women's bowling national champions.

    Kahlden, 18, the Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow, is a freshman at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he is enrolled in the Honors program and is studying for a career in medicine. He is a member of the Baylor chapter of the American Medical Students Association, youth ministry team and faith & science discussion group on campus.

    "Bowling is such an invigorating sport, a sport that has taught me to give all of myself and to maximize my potential every waking second of the day," said Kahlden, who is certified as a USBC Level I coach. "Bowling has showed me that the only way I am going to triumph over the obstacles of this world and achieve my goals is to push myself and never give up."

    A 2007 graduate of Cypress Creek High School in Houston, Kahlden was a National Merit Scholar, member of the varsity basketball team and school bowling club, student council representative and math tutor. Kahlden also was named to the 2007 Who's Who Sports Edition All-Academic Bowling Team and selected as the 2007 Houston Male Youth Bowler of the Year and 2007 Texas Male Youth Bowler of the Year. He was a member of the Greater Houston Youth Leaders for seven years, including three years as the chapter's vice president.

    The awards, named after two national bowling leaders who worked to expand youth bowling opportunities, annually recognize star qualities in a male and a female high school or college student who compete in the sport of bowling. Star qualities include distinguished bowling performances on the local, state and national levels, as well as academic achievement and community involvement.

    To be considered for the award, candidates must hold a certified USBC bowling average of 175 or better, be a current USBC or USBC Youth member in good standing, have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better and be younger than 22 years of age as of Aug. 1 of the current bowling season.