Caleb Kautza and Holly Johnson are the latest Teenagers of the Month sponsored by the local Elks Club.
Kautza is the son of Jeremy Kautza and Shelly Gallow. The Antigo High School senior has participated in many activities such as baseball since age 4; wrestling through the sixth grade; elementary, middle school and high school basketball; and football from fourth grade through 11th grade.
He has also worked at three local businesses, including North Star Lanes, Dave Kautza Builders and Swartzendruber’s Supper Club.
Tracie Frisch, family consumer science teacher at the high school, nominated Kautza.
“In the classroom, Caleb always shows his leadership skills as he is a self-starter and motivator for individual work or any group setting he is in,” she said. “I am impressed with his skills of cooking, sanitation and safety when we are working in our kitchen settings. He takes pride in his work and accomplishes tasks efficiently.”
Kautza has an weighted GPA of 2.950 and a weighted GPA of 2.926. He is ranked 64th in his class.
Johnson is the daughter of David Johnson and Diane Johnson. She is also a senior at AHS.
Like Kautza, she has participated in many sports, clubs and activities. She has been involved in track since sixth grade and is looking forward to culminating her school track career with the spring season.
She was also involved in cheerleading, including captain this year, tennis, volleyball and cross country. Her club activity included DECA, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
She was in band from fifth grade through her sophomore year, solo and ensemble including wining medals at the state level, and a student tutor.
“Although it has been challenging at some points, participating in these activities while being a student at the same time has effectively taught me how to manage my time and take on extra responsibilities,” she said.
Johnson was nominated by Andy Merry, owner of Merry’s Berries. Johnson worked at the pick-your-own fruit and vegetable farm during the summers of 2019 and 2020.
“She is very good at managing customers; she gets the job done without problems,” Merry said. “I have found that when Holly is given a hard task like weeding, she has the maturity to know that while some things may not be easy or run, if she works hard at it, she can accomplish a lot.”
Ranked 27th in her class, Johnson has a weighted GPA of 3.784 and an unweighted GPA of 3.712.
Nominees are judged on the basis of multiple achievements including character, leadership,service, citizenship and scholarship.