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PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wisc. -- The daughter of the president of the second largest convenience store chain in Wisconsin was recently named to USA Today's All-USA High School Academic Team. Eunice Buhler of Lake Forest (Ill.) High is among 20 First Team members who received trophies and $2,500 as representatives of all outstanding high school students. They also had their photos published and accomplishments spotlighted in USA Today's Life section.
Eunice is daughter of Violetta Kapsalis Buhler and Robert Andrew Buhler, president and CEO of Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin, a 40-year-old, privately-held c-store chain consisting of 33 corporate stores, three franchise stores, and 11 dealer locations in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The company was in the news recently with the announcement in late August that it was selling 10 stores in a move to invest its efforts on future, "trend-setting" new builds.
The All-USA High School Academic Team honors high school students who not only excel in scholarship but also extend their intellectual abilities beyond the classroom to benefit society. Criteria include grades, academic rigor, leadership, activities and most important, the student's essay describing his or her most outstanding intellectual endeavor done while in high school.
Among many accomplishments, Buhler, who sported a 5.0 weighted grade point average, founded Cultures for Youth, a nonprofit organization with chapters in Lake Forest and Jinja, Uganda, to advance cultural acceptance internationally, including cultural fairs, dance performances and a button give-away cultural exchange at the Athens Olympics. She also won the Prudential Spirit of Community Award representing the state of Illinois in 2004, and the Nestle Very Best in Youth Award inn 2005.
"Of course, we're very proud of her," said Robert Buhler when reached by CSNews Online. He said his daughter, who just turned 17, will be spending a year working on her foundation, before beginning classes at Stanford University next year.
For more on her accomplishments, go to USA Today.