(Whitehall, PA, January 31, 2012) The Lehigh Valley Mall has chosen a new teen board for 2012. A total of thirty-five teens were selected from over three hundred and fifty applicants in the region.

The Lehigh Valley Mall Teen Board was established in 2001, for young men and women between the ages of thirteen to eighteen years, to represent Lehigh Valley Mall in fashion shows, special events and community service projects.

Now in its eleventh year, the program has evolved to offer local teens a voice in their communities, a way to contribute their energies in a positive manner, develop a better understanding and respect of each other’s diverse backgrounds, and increase their own sense of self-worth and self-esteem through the positive impact they have on their own community.

Of the thirty-five members for 2012, twenty of the teens have returned from last year. Two of this year’s members have now been with the program for five years and help to mentor new members. Over sixteen area middle and high schools are represented by this year’s board.

The 2012 Teen Board members are Angela Arcelay, Greyson Asmus, Rowan Bienes, Fiona Bloise, Alecia Caballero, Amanda Childs, Lori Deutsch, Courtney Deutsch, Sierra Dreisbach, Grace Duah, Sofia Garra, Flannery Johnston, Tori Kraus, Samantha Lima, Morgan Linkhorst, Rebecca Lutterschmidt, Hope Newswanger, Jada Orchulli, Brittany Pantoni, Priyanka Patel, Keyli Peralta, Brianna Roberts, Rosemary Roberts, Kayla Rae Ruiz, Elizabeth Ruppert, Cara Schiavone, Judith Skinker, Lindsey Stout, Natasha Tax, Carlie Viemann, Alexis Yearde, Ashleigh Yearde, Abbi Walsh, Zuri Washington, and Holly Zapotocky.

You can look for the Teen Board at some of the upcoming events at the Lehigh Valley Mall, including a celebration of Dr. Seuss 75th Anniversary on February 25th from 11am-2pm; the arrival of the Easter Bunny on March 17th and of course the Teen Board Spring Fashion Show on April 14th at 1pm and 3pm.