OGLESBY — The Oglesby Elks announced their February Teens of the Month were Molly Boyd and Michael Dittmar.
Boyd, a senior at Putnam County High School, is the daughter of Helen Lenkailis and Michael Boyd. She is currently fifth in her class. She has been on the high honor roll all four years and in the National Honor Society since her sophomore year. She is currently the secretary for the National Honor Society as a senior.
Boyd has been in volleyball and basketball all four years. She has been all-conference academics for both sports since her freshman year. She was also a co-captain in basketball her senior year. She was awarded the Sportsmanship Award for track her junior year. She also played volleyball her freshman year. She was in band, Concert Band and Pep Band all four years. She participated in musicals her sophomore and senior years.
Boyd was the secretary for her class her freshman, sophomore and senior years, and was the class treasurer her junior year. She has been in FFA since her freshman year. As a sophomore, she was a parliamentarian for FFA. She has been the vice president since her junior year for FFA. She has been in Interact all four years, where she was the vice president her junior year and president her senior year. She was in P.A.C.C. her senior year. She has been in 4-H all four years. She was secretary her freshman and sophomore years, vice president her junior year and president her senior year. She was the 4-H Federation treasurer her senior year. She was also the Putnam County 4-H Ambassador her junior and senior years.
Boyd volunteered for 20 Miles an Hour her sophomore and junior years. She helped with the youth basketball camp her freshman through junior years. Since her freshman year, she has volunteered at the Trick or Treat canned food drive. She has helped with bingo at Spring Valley Nursing Home since her freshman year. Since her freshman year, she has been helping with blood drives. She has also been helping with junior track meets since her freshman year.
Boyd enjoys her free time but enjoys working on her 4-H projects as well. She likes attending the FFA conferences and conventions, and the new people she meets.
Dittmar, a senior at St. Bede Academy, is the son of Mida and Richard Dittmar. He has been on the honor roll all four years. He was in basketball his freshman through junior years. He was all-conference academic for basketball his junior year. He was in cross country and track his senior year. He was all-conference academic and co-captain his senior year for cross country. As a senior, he placed 18th at the Rockridge Three Rivers Conference meet in cross country. He also placed 16th at the Senica regionals and qualified for the Oregon sectionals in cross country his senior year. He was also awarded as the Most Improved in cross country his senior year.
As a freshman, Dittmer was in Interact Club. He was in the Heritage Club his senior year. As a senior, he became a member of Lectio Divina. He also became a Eucharistic minister for St. Bede Masses his senior year. He has been an altar server for the St. Bede Abbey for the past year. He helps serve Mass at the Abbey Church the first Sunday of every month. He is also an altar server at St. Valentine’s Church and has been since the fifth grade. He has also helped with the St. Bede basketball camp his freshman through junior years. His freshman year he helped with Peru Catholic’s intramurals. This past year, he also helped at the Jim Latin 5K race held at St. Bede.
Dittmer currently works part-time at City Center Physical Therapy in Peru. He enjoys spending time with family and friends. He enjoys exercising and especially running and jogging more because of cross country. He enjoys serving at church on the weekends. He also loves to listen to all kinds of music.
Dittmer plans to attend Illinois Valley Community College or a four-year college after high school. He plans to get involved in some clubs while at college. He is interested in the medical field. He is interested in being a physical therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist assistant and/or athletic trainer.