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Volunteer hours earn teen accolades from the president

2014-03-27T00:00:00Z Volunteer hours earn teen accolades from the presidentKimberly Cheek-Stanley Times Correspondent
March 27, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Hobart teen Carrie Buhmann is the proud recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Buhmann, 17, received a letter from U.S. President Barack Obama last month applauding her many hours of community service, including 40 hours as a peer tutor and 130 hours volunteering with the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC).

“Volunteering with JROTC can be anything from coat drives and fun fairs to college fairs, parking cars, and cleaning stadiums,” Buhmann said.

The teen also spent more than 600 hours volunteering as a student athletic trainer at Hobart High School, which has given her hands-on experience in the field.

“I plan to get my undergrad (degree) in athletic training and continue on to medical school. I would like to become an Army doctor. My dad was in the Army for 20 years, and my sister, Jaime, is an ICU nurse,” she said.

“I look up to both of them very much and would like to follow in both of their footsteps.”

“My parents raised me to give back to others. God has blessed me with so much, and he has given me the opportunity to help others. I’m honored to be recognized for the time I have spent,” she added.

The daughter of Scott and Julie Buhmann, the busy teen is a junior at Hobart High School and maintains a 4.3 grade point average on a scale of 4.0 due to weighted grades. She enjoys reading and participates in the Youth and Government program.

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