St. Marys Native Inspires Forest Area Students to Control Their Own Potential

Dietz PictureFOREST COUNTY, Pa. – Craig Dietz, a motivational speaker from St. Marys, spoke to Forest Area students on February 5.

Dietz spoke to all Jr. High and Sr. High students and explained how each person controls their own potential.

Forest Area students could not stop talking about him and his message the rest of the day.

Dietz was born on April 13, 1974, and grew up in the rural town of St. Marys, Pa.

Despite being born without limbs, he drives his own van and enjoys hunting, fishing, skiing, bowling and playing volleyball.

Also, Craig has always had a passion for swimming.

In June 2012, Craig became the first quadruple amputee to swim across the Chesapeake Bay, finishing the 4.4 mile rough-water swim in just under three hours. He also earned his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

The following sponsors who helped bring Deitz to the school: WF Student Council; Burns and Burns Insurance; Northwest Savings Bank,; Wimer Funeral Home; Edward Jones; and anonymous private donors.


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