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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Area II officials honored their outstanding volunteers during a ceremony Wednesday, according to a news release.

Terese Alcantara was named 2005 adult volunteer of the year for her work at the Chosun Gift Shop and American Red Cross and USO volunteer Amy Kim was named youth volunteer of the year.

Area II saw a 20 percent increase in volunteers, according to the news release. Together, they worked 258,000 hours and saved the government more than $3.8 million, it stated.

The first two volunteers of the quarter for 2006 also were honored during Wednesday’s ceremony. Seoul American Middle School student Justin Ziller earned the youth award; Sarah Ball earned the adult award for her work at the Yongsan Library.

Pat Wheeler, wife of 8th U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Barry C. Wheeler, served as guest speaker at the Army Community Service-hosted event, according to the release.

Lt. Gen. David P. Valcourt, 8th Army commander, was among about 200 people to attend the ceremony.

“The volunteer program here is wonderful,” Valcourt was quoted in the release as saying. “The amazing thing about our volunteers is that they write a check out of their personal-time checkbook not knowing how much time the Lord has given them.”

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