OGLESBY — The Oglesby Elks announce their November Teens of the Month were Alex Dittmar and Morgan Filippini.
Dittmar, a senior at St. Bede Academy, is the son of Mida Dittmar of Oglesby. He is currently second in his class and has been on the honor roll all four years. He is also a National Merit Scholar candidate.
He has been a part of the tennis team since his sophomore. For three years he was a member of the Spanish Club. He has been in Scholastic Bowl and Lectio Divina all four years. He was in St. Bede’s band as a freshman and sophomore then joined St. Valentine’s Choir as a clarinet player his junior and senior year. He has been a Student Council representative since he was a sophomore and is now the vice president his senior year. His junior year he was in Sue Rezin’s Student Advisory Council. He was also the secretary of the Interact Club his junior year, which he has been a part of since his freshman year.
He won the St. Bede English Award and Mathematics Award his freshman, sophomore and junior years. He won the St. Bede Spanish award his freshman year. His junior year, he won the St. Bede AP Chemistry Award and AP U.S. History Award. He was the school recipient of the Sons of the American Revolution Award his senior year. He placed third at the state level in WYSE chemistry, as well as third place at the sectional level in WYSE English.
He has participated in community service through the Interact Club, his schools community outreach club. He is a peer tutor at his school and in his spare time often helps others with school work. He has been an altar server at St. Bede since his junior year, as well as an altar server at St. Valentine’s since he was a freshman.
He enjoys reading news articles and learning about political matters. He enjoys practicing his clarinet and listening to music. He also enjoys helping others with school work, especially his siblings.
He plans to attend a four-year college in the Midwest though he has not decided which school. He is, however, applying to the University of Illinois, Loyola University and University of Chicago. He intends to become a doctor, so will be attending medical school after his undergraduate study.
Filippini, a senior at Hall High School, is the daughter of Mike and Joanna Filippini. She is currently first in her class and has been active in softball and Spanish Club all four years. She has been on the varsity softball team since her sophomore year. She also played volleyball as a freshman. She has also been on the honor roll all four years.
She has been a part of Student Council since she was a sophomore. She is currently the secretary of her class. She has been in the National Honor Society and WYSE since her junior year. She also participated in chorus and pep band her freshman and sophomore years. As a senior, she has joined the Honorary Activities Club.
In her sophomore year, she was a semifinalist for the Illinois Letters About Literature Essay Contest. She was also a runner-up nominee for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award and was selected by a teacher to be a part of the Envirothon team her sophomore year. During her junior year, her Envirothon team won the regional competition based on their team test scores and presentation. She also received the Daughters of the American Revolution Award as a senior.
As a Student Council member, she has been involved with community service by collecting cans for the local food pantry, purchasing toys for the toy drives at Christmas and volunteering at other community events like Santa’s on the Run Race. Through the National Honor Society, she helps tutor underclassmen once a week in the library but is willing to help any student. Outside of school, she even tutors another student a couple times a week. She is also a weekly volunteer at the local food pantry.
She enjoys spending time with her family, which also includes watching her younger sister play softball and watching high school basketball games where her dad coaches. She enjoys working at her part-time job as well as babysitting her neighbors’ 2 year old.