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ETBU names Mollie Dittmar 76th Senior Girl Call-Out

April 21, 2023

Mollie Dittmar of Buffalo, Texas, was recognized on Friday, April 21, during East Texas Baptist University’s 76th annual Senior Girl Call-Out. Selected by a faculty and staff vote, the senior student “called out” each year is distinguished for her exemplary Christian character, social consciousness, personal poise, academic achievement, and spiritual vision.

“Attending ETBU has changed my life forever,” Dittmar shared. “I have grown so much in my walk with the Lord here, I've made friends that will last a lifetime, and I've learned so many amazing things.”

Dittmar is a secondary math education major and a member of the ETBU Women’s Basketball team. She has served as a member of ETBU’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) leadership team, as well as a Tiger Camp leader each fall. Dittmar was recently named the 2022-2023 ASC Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year.

“I've been challenged and encouraged in my faith, in my schooling, and in my extracurricular activities,” Dittmar added. “When I look back at the 18-year-old girl who walked into her dorm room for the first time and then think about what I've walked through to stand here today, I am in awe of the goodness of God.”

Mollie serves weekly at Mobberly Baptist Church in Marshall, teaching a preschool Connect Group and serving on the college ministry leadership team. She will serve as the children’s ministry apprentice this summer. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in educational leadership at ETBU following graduation and ultimately feels called to be a coach and teach high school or junior high mathematics.

“Mollie is one of hardest working, most joyful students I have ever had the privilege of teaching,” Associate Professor of Mathematics Robin Rudd said. “She is a Christian example in the classroom and on the basketball court. She leads by example in her commitment to God. The love of God shows in everything she does. She has a passion for teaching and a heart for helping students, and is going to be an exceptional mathematics teacher. She will make a difference in the lives of all the students that she teaches and coaches.”

Twenty-one young women participated in the event alongside their “little sisters,” underclassmen chosen by the seniors. During the ceremony, each senior girl passed onto her little sister the symbols of the ideals and traditions of the University – the grace of the myrtle, the strength of the oak, and the ever-verdant life of the pine.

“Senior Girl Call-Out is one of our most special events here on the Hill,” Director of Student Activities Laura Coursey said. “Celebrating our senior girls for all their accomplishments and recognizing them for who they are with family and friends is a memory they will hold onto for the rest of their lives. We were honored to select Mollie Ditmar as our 76th Senior Girl Call-Out this year. Mollie is a faithful servant, devoted Christian, loving friend, and exemplary leader on campus. We have been so blessed to have her during her time at ETBU and are excited to see how the Lord will continue to use her to further the Kingdom.”

Over 1,000 young women have participated in this treasured tradition over the last 76 years, however, the sentiment remains the same as the University community honors the long-standing tradition of recognizing senior girls for their Christian character and academic achievements.