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The Menomonie Optimist Club provides the Boyceville High School teaching staff with the opportunity to recognize the achievements and efforts of an outstanding senior student. The selected student is then recognized as the Youth of the Month.
Amber Retzloff was selected to represent Boyceville High School as Youth of the Month for April. Amber is the daughter of Karen Retzloff of Boyceville and Tom Retzloff of Colfax.
The program statement from the Menomonie Optimist Club describes the qualities and attributes that made Amber a great choice.
“The purpose of the Optimist Club is to develop optimism as a philosophy of life: to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs, to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of man, his community, and the world.”
To recognize her accomplishments there was an Awards Banquet held in Menomonie on April 17th. Amber, Karen Retzloff, Kane Johnson, Yaiza Campos Granda and Boyceville High School Counselor, Ms. Karlene Berry attended the Awards Banquet. Ms. Berry had the opportunity to introduce Amber and talk about her achievements, both in school and our community.
Amber has been a valuable leader, supportive team member and a positive role model for her peers. She has played an active role in FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America). Amber has been a two time State Gold Medal Winner for FCCLA. Her FCCLA presentations focused in Elementary Level programming concerning conflict, bullying and the advantages of a healthy active life style.
Amber has also volunteered for Trinity Lutheran Church by attending mission trips to Houston, Texas and the Pine Ridge South Dakota Reservation. The mission trip to South Dakota had a tremendous impact on Amber as she worked on housing projects, construction and child care enrichment. Since returning from the trip she has organized a blanket drive to give back to the children that they met and mentored. Amber has also been very active in athletics at Boyceville High School playing Basketball, Volleyball and Softball. She was nominated for All Conference Honors in Softball. This year she has been a Captain for the Softball and Volleyball teams.
In addition to her leadership and athletics, Amber has supported her school by setting a tremendous example for her peers. She has been a High Honor Roll student for the past two years, a Student Council Representative, a Year Book Member, Class Secretary, FCCLA Member and a narrator for one of our Drama Productions.
Her academic focus, service to her community and commitment to leadership has made Amber a wonderful choice for the Optimist Award. This Fall Amber will attend UW Eau Claire pursuing a Major in Elementary Education.