Olivia Bohleber, age sixteen, a junior at Carmi-White County High School in Carmi, Illinois, is extremely active in both her school and community. She has been a cheerleader in school since her freshman year, however, her love for cheerleading began at age five. Being both a high school cheerleader and an All-Star cheerleader in the past, the sport has taught Olivia invaluable lessons she will never forget. Also, Olivia is a member of her high school’s track team. Last year, Olivia advanced to state with her 4x400 meter relay team. She is also secretary of her class, an officer for Girls’ Athletic Club, a Student Council member, and an active member in Key Club, STEM Club, Math Team, Bulldog Book Club, and Maroon Platoon. Last year, Olivia held the position of Lieutenant Governor for her state district in Key Club. Olivia is very proud to say she has maintained a 4.0 GPA since kindergarten with her goal to be her high school’s valedictorian. Outside of school, Olivia is an active member in 4-H and has been since she was eight years old. Being in 4-H has helped her become a well-rounded person with varied interests. She has taken projects in public speaking, citizenship, cooking, livestock, photography, horse shows, art, and fashion/modeling. She is also active in her community, having completed over 500 hours of community service.
One of Olivia’s favorite past time activities is to cook, especially trying new recipes. She has started her own fun, healthy recipe page on social media called “‘Liv Life Lean,” where she features delicious recipes hoping to inspire everyone to make smarter food and lifestyle choices. She is also very active in her church and helps by packing weekend lunches for elementary children in her community, assisting in the nursery, and teaching Wednesday night youth groups.
In addition, Olivia started her own “Girl of Beauty” Day Spa where children of the community can come free of charge to learn the importance of taking care of their bodies. In middle school, Olivia was diagnosed with a skin disease that made her self-conscious; however, she realized that having skin imperfections do not define her as a person. Growing up with fair skin and severe acne, Olivia feels empathy for others who suffer skin conditions. She hopes to inspire adolescents to be comfortable in their own skin and realize that inner beauty shines brighter than physical appearance ever will. Also important to Olivia, is the importance of education and setting goals. She is speaking in elementary schools encouraging them to set goals at a young age, whether they are short-term or long-term.
Olivia has spent her first few months of being Miss Illinois Teen USA advocating for Operation Christmas Child. She has been to schools to speak on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. Along with speaking, she has also started collecting items to pack in shoeboxes. Her goal is to make 200 shoeboxes. After that, she hopes to work with other organizations such as Best Buddies, Smile Train, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and participate in Out of the Darkness Community Walks, along with visiting places close to her heart, such as St. Jude’s and the Ronald McDonald House. This year, Olivia will also help promote the Warriors for Ross Foundation which helps children and families battling Pediatric Cancer.
Her family’s love for travel has taken her throughout the United States and to other countries. Olivia has had the opportunity to travel to England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Canada. Traveling has given Olivia a broader perspective of the world. After graduating high school, Olivia plans to pursue a college degree in nursing and go on to become a dermatologist.
Olivia is the daughter of Jeff and Paula Bohleber. She has two older brothers, Arthur (29) and Alex (26).