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Carl Althof

Carl Althof, the Boys & Girls Club of Albany's Youth of the Year for 2014. (Provided photo)

Carl Althof, a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Albany, has been selected the club’s local Youth of the Year and will now compete statewide for the Oregon title.

Althof, 17, will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the title of Oregon Youth of the Year and a $1,000 college scholarship by Tupperware Brands Corporation. Oregon’s winner then competes for the regional  title, which comes with an additional $10,000 scholarship.

Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., for the national competition, which comes with an opportunity to meet the president and a scholarship of $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation.

Albany’s club named Althof for the award March 5 for “his sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community,” according to a statement from the club.

The Youth of the Year award is considered the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The youth recognition program recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & 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.

Althof has been a Boys & Girls Club of Albany member for four years. Club officials say he has been an integral part of the club’s growth, particularly through the Keystone Club and his volunteer time with the annual Hoop Jam basketball tournament.

Althof also recently completed his Linn County Regional Trades Academy coursework and looks forward to joining the U.S. Navy upon graduation from South Albany High School in June.

A former foster child, Althof moved around the state many times before settling in Albany his freshman year. He joined the Boys & Girls Club that same year and has flourished since, according to the club.

“Given the challenges and obstacles that Carl has overcome goes to show what a special young man he is,” said Michelle Davis, executive director. “We all look forward and are proud that Carl will be representing our Boys & Girls Club and the city of Albany.”

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