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September 28, 2006

Hamilton Relay Recognizes Leader in Idaho

From: Hamilton Relay - Sep 28, 2006

In honor of Deaf Awareness Week, Hamilton Relay is pleased to recognize Ranie Mattingly as the 2006 Deaf Leader of the Year for the State of Idaho.

Ranie is a successful Deaf adult, holding two Master’s degrees (earning her second Master’s with a 4.0 GPA) and dedicating her career to educating Idaho’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth at the Idaho School for the Deaf (ISDB). She is an outstanding role model for the children she has influenced.

A former preschool teacher at ISDB, Ranie now makes annual trips back to ISDB to witness her students graduate from high school. As a result of her interest in their lives, she follows them through the years maintaining a close connection with them.

Ranie is an important member of ISDB’s outreach team and a valued member of the Deaf community. Along with her ISDB obligations, she teaches sign language classes at Idaho State University and volunteers her time helping needy animals around the area. She is always willing to give her time, talent, and skills to help anyone, anytime, and anywhere. Recently, one of her pets had an accident resulting in her dog being required to spend time in the city’s animal shelter for a week. Someone at the animal shelter recognized Ranie as the person who, several years previous, had assisted an employee of the animal shelter whose car had broken down. As a result of her earlier contribution, both Ranie and her dog were immediately allowed go, waiving the mandatory kennel time.

This leadership recognition has been brought to you by Hamilton Relay.