By Derrick Smith
When a student signs up to be a part of a sport or activity, they are not the only ones that this choice affects. The parents or guardians now have the responsibility to get them to practices, meetings, and anything else that is required. Amy Thilges is the mother of two daughters that are involved in various activities and she says that she supports them all the way.
“I make every effort to be at every game,” she said. “I am their biggest cheerleader. I try to help in any way I can from feeding the team to giving rides to anyone that needs it. I have even coached a couple of years for little league teams. I feel like being in organized activities is very beneficial to kids. I want my kids to know that I support them in everything they do. The things they are learning from playing sports are some of the best life-building skills that they can learn.”
Amy and her husband’s oldest daughter, Mollee, is a senior at Locust Grove High School. She plays basketball and runs cross country and track. She qualified for state in cross country this year and qualified for state in track last year. Mollee has a 4.0 GPA and takes concurrent college courses at Northeastern State University. She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars and serves as a leader for Link Crew. Their youngest daughter, Maggee is in the eighth grade at Peggs Elementary. She plays softball, basketball, runs cross country, and track and is on the academic team. She will attend Locust Grove High next year.
Thilges works for the Cherokee Nation as a home visiting supervisor. She says that she enjoys her job because she is able to help others.
“I get to help support families in their needs to raise healthy children,” she said. “In my free time if I’m not at one of the kids sporting events I enjoy going to music concerts and camping with my family. I am also a member of Beta Sigma Phi. I am on the board of the Locust Grove Fastbreak Club which is the booster club for basketball.”