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Katie Deitsch wins regional honor as a 'Difference Maker'

Posted on: February 17, 2017

Each year, a very select group of adults, youth and businesses are named Duke Energy Children's Museum Difference Makers for outstanding service to Greater Cincinnati youth. This year Finneytown senior Katie Deitsch is one of the winners! http://local.cincinnati.com/share/story/244761

 

 

Katie was nominated for the award by Winton Woods Riding Center manager Rachel Neumann for her years of volunteering as a riding instructor for youth and adults with disabilities. Ms. Neumann called Katie one of the most patient and compassionate volunteers with whom she has ever worked and praised her communication and horsemanship skills. "Katie's there all day long every Saturday, all year round," she said. "She's one of the most awesome teens I've ever known."

In addition to volunteering for three years at the riding center, Katie was also a founding mentor of the Finneytown Sparkle Cats and is involved in a number of school organizations and activities.

Katie received her award in a Feb. 11 ceremony at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Finneytown Schools are extremely proud of Katie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

received the award at a Feb. 11 ceremony at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and was nominated byFor her years of volunteering as a riding instructor for youth and adults with disabilities, 17-year-old Finneytown High School senior Katie Deitsch won the Difference Maker Award from the Cincinnati Museum Center and Duke Energy Children's Museum. The Difference Maker Awards, presented Feb. 11 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, honor adults, youth and businesses that improve the lives of children in the Greater Cincinnati region.

"Katie's number one gift is patience, and she has excellent communication skills and is very compassionate," said Rachel Neumann, manager of the Winton Woods Riding Center, who nominated Katie for the award. "She is at the riding center all day long, every Saturday, all year around. She is one of the most awesome teens I've ever known."

A skilled rider herself, Katie has volunteered at the center for three years. She is also a founding mentor of the Finneytown Sparkle Cats, an inclusive high-school cheerleading squad for students with and without disabilities that works to break down barriers and create friendships.