Emily Dienstberger
Emily Dienstberger
DELPHOS — Jefferson sophomore Emily Dienstberger is one of the first local recipients of a youth Jefferson Award.

Dienstberger was nominated by fellow Jefferson Award winner Sherry Fetzger for her volunteer work with the St. Peter Lutheran Church’s Summer Breakfast Program and Sarah Jane Living Center.

The breakfast program has always been a favorite of Dienstberger’s.

When she was younger, she ate breakfast there in the summer. She even held lemonade stands to raise money for the program. Now that she’s older, she volunteers her time there.

“I saw a lot of kids who made friends there,” Dienstberger said. “It was like a little community every summer.”

Dienstberger packs the lunches participants are welcome to take home.

“I make the peanut butter sandwiches and I help clean up at the end,” she said.

The 16-year-old also shares her musical talents by playing piano at Sarah Jane Living Center.

“My mom works there and we thought it would be nice if I played for the residents,” Dienstberger said. “Some of the favorites are church music and Elvis. There’s a lady there who really likes Elvis and one afternoon she brought out a big picture of him and sat it by the piano.”

Dienstberger is also active in track, soccer, choir and show choir at school. She is also on Student Council and on the honor roll.

She is the daughter of Rick and Marla Dienstberger.

The area Jefferson Awards are sponsored by the United Way and the Lima News.