Vogelweh Youth of the Year

The 86th Force Support Squadron congratulates Andre Tuzo, who was recently named Vogelweh Youth Programs’ 2012 Youth of the Year.

Andre, 17, son of Staff Sgt. Jerry and Lina Proctor, is a senior at Kaiserslautern High School. He is a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet and the president of the Kaiserslautern Keystone Club, which is a collaborative program run by the Force Support Squadron’s Teen Center and the Boys & Girls Club of America. Andre works hard to keep his grades up and takes his ROTC and Keystone Club duties seriously.  Still, he says he knows when it’s time to work hard and when it’s time to have some fun. In his free time, Andre likes hanging out with friends and traveling.

Andre considers himself a “true military brat,” noting that he’s lived at seven different duty stations and attended 11 different schools in his 17 years. He acknowledges that the life of a military child is not always easy, but he enjoys the perks that come along with the lifestyle. In particular, Andre loves making new friends and learning about different cultures with each move.

Andre says programs like those at the Teen Center also help military youth like himself feel at home no matter where they are. When his family was stationed at Katterbach, Andre enjoyed hanging out at the Teen Center with friends. At the Vogelweh Teen Center’s Keystone Club, he doesn’t just hang out. He’s also a leader who tutors other students, mentors younger children and volunteers in the community.  Andre credits the Keystone Club with preparing him for his future by encouraging him to lead and helping him with college applications, scholarship applications and resume-writing. Andre’s goal is to attend the University of Maryland at College Park next year and to major in business administration or communications.

There is no doubt he has a bright future, and the Force Support Squadron wishes him success and happiness.

For details, call Kaureen Whittaker at 489-6155 or 0631-536-6155.

(Courtesy of 86th Force Support Squadron)