North Carolina bowler selected as Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow


ARLINGTON, TX – Lara Kurt of Leland, North Carolina has been chosen by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee as the Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow for 2022.

The award recognizes the star qualities of a high school or college student, including achievement on pathways, academic achievement, and community service. In addition to this prestigious honor, Kurt will receive a $6,000 scholarship as the 2022 recipient.

Kurt represents all of the qualities listed above as an 18-year-old freshman at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)-Savannah, majoring in user experience (UX) design.

As a graduate of North Brunswick High School, Kurt was a member of the National Honor Society, an honor roll “A” student throughout elementary and high school, and took advanced courses in state history. United States and Environmental Sciences, as well as Honors Mathematics courses. English, science and social studies.

“This award helped show that all the hard work I put in over the many years I bowled has finally paid off,” said Kurt, who earned a spot on the Deans List. SCAD-Savannah from Fall 2021. “Not only is hard work, but it’s also something I love to do. So seeing my hard work pay off is one of the reasons I continue to play bowling.”

Kurt, a first-generation bowler whose parents emigrated from Turkey to the United States, started bowling at the age of 7 after being introduced to the sport by a friend of his mother, whom they met at their local grocery store. Kurt’s parents had never bowled in their lives, except for their bachelor and bachelorette parties before they got married.

“We bowled for fun at birthday parties and for recreation when I was younger,” Kurt said. “But I really started when we met my mother’s friend that morning, and she invited us to go bowling in the Saturday youth leagues, and that’s when I really started bowling.”

Kurt suffered from asthma as a child and as she began to compete in tournaments, she found herself using a nebulizer between games at various events. To combat this, she started swimming at age 11 to help strengthen her lungs.

At age 12, she competed in the United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials, where her life and career trajectory changed after meeting Shannon O’Keefe. The two-time Professional Women’s Bowling Association Player of the Year was the first professional Kurt encountered, which provided added motivation to keep playing competitively and be the best she could be.

O’Keefe contacted Kurt after the event and asked if she could design a jersey for Team Shafanie, which includes PWBA Tour champion Stefanie Johnson, who Kurt also met at the event and aspired to look like. . This interaction helped Kurt forge her path, which ultimately led her to participate in SCAD-Savannah.

“Even though I was very young, I didn’t think I had much drawing or design experience back then,” Kurt said. “They were able to bring my imagination and ideas to life, which made me realize how much joy it gave me to see something I create come to life.

“Their kindness and passion for giving back to young people brought out my passion for bowling and the arts. Being able to have the jersey I created worn by bowlers I have admired and continue to admire has always made realizing something is possible if you do something you love to do.”

Kurt continues to make a splash on the lanes after recently earning MVP honors and an All-Tournament Team spot en route to helping SCAD-Savannah at the 2022 National Intercollegiate Athletics Association Women’s Bowling Championship .

Kurt’s bowling resume also includes a Professional Bowlers Association Regional Junior Championship (Southwest), the BEST (Bowlero Euless Scholarship Tournament) title, a Dallas Youth Open championship and two Storm Youth Championship runners-up.

As a volunteer, Kurt has been giving back to the people of Wilmington, NC through the Good Shepherd Center since 2013 by stocking shelves and pantries, helping in the kitchen, and distributing clothes to the homeless. . She also participates in a “Bowling for Backpack” event which raises funds for the center for the homeless.

With the Good Shepherd Center, she helped with the Wilmington Food Bank, raised money for cancer at “Joe’s Bucket Bash”, distributed food and care packages as part of hurricane relief efforts Florence, has volunteered for toy and candy drives and donated through the National Honor Society, including helping with the Red Cross blood drive and raising money for pancreatic disease “Strike Out”.

Specifically, during COVID-19, she created artwork for Brunswick County Senior Living Centers to make guest rooms feel more like home.

With his career underway at SCAD-Savannah, Kurt has his sights set on the future, and this award allows him to take additional steps towards success.

“My future goals are to have a career in user experience design hopefully at Google or Microsoft, or wherever my path might take me,” Kurt said. “I also want to bowl professionally after college. This scholarship will help me achieve those goals, and not only does this scholarship help me in school, but I’m honored to be able to add this prestigious award to my resume, which can help me when applying for future jobs and scholarships.”

Kurt will be recognized in April at the USBC 2022 convention at The Orleans in Las Vegas.

This year’s awards ceremony, which includes a variety of awards for youth and adult bowlers, will take place during the morning session of the USBC Annual Meeting on April 28 at noon EST. . The awards presentations will be broadcast live on BowlTV.com.

Katharina Mente of Keller, Texas was Alberta E. Crowe’s 2021 Star of Tomorrow.

USBC Hall of Famer Betty Kuczynski was the first Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow winner in 1961. Other Hall of Famers to receive the award are Joy Abel (1962) , Judy Soutar (1963), Mildred Ignizio (1967), Susie Reichley (1969), Cheryl Robinson (1970), Donna Adamek (1975), Nikki Gianulias (1978), Tish Johnson (1980), Lynda (Norry) Barnes (1988 ) and Liz Johnson (1993).

Learn more about the Young Adult Leader Awards and Young Bowler Bursary opportunities at BOWL.com/ScholarshipsAwards.

ALBERTA E. CROWE STAR OF TOMORROW AWARD WINNERS
Year, Winner, Hometown

1961 Betty Kuczynski, Cicero, Illinois.
1962 Joy Abel, Lansing, Ill.
1963 Judy Soutar, Leawood, Kan.
1964 Ann Bosworth, Belleville, Ill.
1965 Karen Linton, El Paso, Texas
1966 Betty Jo Crow, Fairway, Kan.
1967 Mildred Ignizio, Rochester, NY
1968 Pamela Carver, Phoenix, Arizona.
1969 Janice Sue Reichley, Dallas
1970 Cheryl Robinson, Destrehan, The.
1971 Rosalyn Raab, San Antonio, TX
1972 Karen Gustafson, Sunland, CA.
1973 Leslie Ferris, Arlington, Virginia.
1974 Pam Dusek, Ontario, California.
1975 Donna Adamek, Apple Valley, CA.
1976 Regina Loveall, Amarillo, Texas
1977 Kathy Kirst, San Antonio, TX
1978 Nikki Gianulias, Vallejo, CA.
1979 Audrey Gable, Whitehall, Pennsylvania.
1980 Tish Johnson, Panorama City, CA.
1981 Shelley Johnson, Toledo, Ohio
1982 Vicki Parker, Pelham, NH
1983 Laura Dulisse, Blauvelt, NY
1984 Kristine Gross, Citrus Heights, CA.
1985 Becky Kregling, Stratford, Conn.
1986 Lori Benge, Wichita, Kan.
1987 Dionne Lee, Modesto, CA.
1988 Lynda Norry, Concord, CA.
1989 Stefanie Marek, Wilmington, Del.
1990 Kelly Everding, Arvada, Colo.
1991 Laura Ross, Mahwah, NJ
1992 Kari Murph, Dayton, Ohio
1993 Elizabeth Johnson, Niagara Falls, NY
1994 Pamela Inloes, Modesto, CA.
1995 Kassy Hyman, Dyer, Ind.
1996 Michelle Ewald, St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
1997 Kimberly Claus, Mesquite, TX
1998 Diandra Hyman, Dyer, Ind.
1999 Amy Rocco, Phoenix
2000 Robin Crawford, Hendersonville, Tenn.
2001 Melissa Bellinder, Fullerton, CA.
2002 Anita Manns, Austin, TX
2003 Lindsey Coulles, Centerville, Ohio
2004 Amanda Burgoyne, Newport, Minn.
2005 Cassandra Leuthold, Blackhawk, SD
2006 Josie Earnest, Vandalia, Ill.
2007 Joi Bell, Pflugerville, TX
2008 Brittni Hamilton, Webster, NY
2009 Ricki Williams, Wichita, Kansas.
2010 Heather D’Errico, Rochester, NY
2011 Nicole Mosesso, Centerville, Ohio
2012 Megan Buja, Rockford, Ill.
2013 Melanie Hannon, Cheektowaga, NY
2014 Melanie Crawford, Plano, TX
2015 Emma Kuhn, Texas City, Texas
2016 Gazmine Mason, Cranston, RI
2017 Natalie Koprowitz, Girard, Ill.
2018 Crystal Singh, Coral Springs, Florida.
2019 Mabel Cummins, Elburn, Illinois.
2020 Caroline Thesier, Mooresville, North Carolina
2021 Katharina Mente, Keller, Texas
2022 Lara Kurt, Leland, North Carolina

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