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Ukraine in Eastern Europe will be home for Katie Ridinger for two years when she arrives there next month as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Katie, a 2002 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, is the daughter of Rick and Linda Ridinger of Kent. She graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2007 with a degree in communications with an emphasis in broadcasting.
She completed course work at the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont., for a master's in intercultural youth and family development. Part of the requirement is that she serve in the Peace Corps.
Katie's Peace Corps program assignment is youth development. Her job title will be Youth Developer. She reports March 25 for pre-service training and begins her service on June 12.
"I'm excited to live in Ukraine" Katie said. "I've never been outside North America so I expect some culture shock. I'll be learning a new language. Leaving home for more than two years will mentally stretch me in many ways. I also hope to represent my country in a positive light and expect that the Peace Corps will help prepare me for a career in youth development. My dream is to work at Sesame Workshop and create Sesame Street in foreign countries."