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Crown Point golfer Alyssa Harvey earns national honor

Lake Central graduate Fabian Urquiz(red jersey) works get past defender during Indy Eleven open tryouts Friday. | Brian Peloza/for Post-Tribune

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Updated: October 15, 2013 6:59AM



When 50 teens get in a twist, it will be by design as they are invited to Auntie Anne’s Leaders & Entrepreneurs Forum, a national event, which will be held in Orlando, Fla. Oct. 31 through Nov. 3.

Crown Point resident and First Tee of Valparaiso member Alyssa Harvey, 17, recently earned one of only 50 spots at the conference at Disney World.

The forum includes interactive sessions covering career development and civic leadership. Executives and franchise partners of Auntie Anne’s will also show the teens what it is like to own and operate a pretzel shop.

Harvey gained the recommendations of those who saw her character and work ethic. Her dedication to training and mentorship at First Tee as well as her overall academic, sports and religious service accolades make her an ideal candidate for the event, according to First Tee board members.

“I am very proud that Alyssa is going to be a representative for our chapter in Orlando,” said Level 1 First Tee coach Lynn Aldrich. “She is a fantastic example of what the First Tee exemplifies with her character, perseverance, and healthy lifestyle.”

A member of the Valparaiso-based golf club since 2008, Harvey has excelled in academics; at Crown Point High School she maintains a 4.29 GPA. She has been a member of the Bulldogs varsity golf team since her freshman year, serves on the CP Athletic Council and has earned scholar-athlete awards all three years. Her volunteer work in the city includes serving at Bethel Church in the children’s and teen’s ministries.

“I believe in the core values taught by the First Tee program and appreciate Auntie Anne’s sponsorship of this event,” said Harvey, who is an active member of Northwest Indiana Junior Golf Association and the Indiana Junior Golf Association. “I’m looking forward to meeting the other teens and learning more about leadership and entrepreneurship.”

Boys & Girls Club hosts event: Tickets are on sale now for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s annual Day for Kids celebration set for Sept. 21.

Day for Kids will be held at Zao Island (1050 Horse Prairie Ave., Valparaiso) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to all area youngsters and their families and friends.

Tickets are $3 each for the first 400 tickets, and then $6.50 each for the remaining available tickets. Each pass is good for one round of miniature golf, 20 arcade or batting cage tokens, and a choice of one additional attraction, such as go-karts or laser tag.

For more information, call 926-9770, or visit the Duneland Club at 135 Lincoln Ave., Chesterton.

Battle of the Badges: Where can area first responders be found pelting one another for the entertainment of residents? At the third annual Battle of the Badges dodgeball tournament.

The charity-driven event will pit local police and fire departments in a double-elimination tournament at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County-South Haven Unit (723 Long Run Road, Valparaiso). The event is slated for 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 19.

Admission to the battle will be $3 per person. All proceeds from tournament will benefit the South Haven Club.

For more information, call 464-7282, or visit bgcpoco.org.



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