3:08 p.m.Friday, September 16, 2022
Two days a week, you’ll find Hannah Krafft in the kitchen of New Hope’s Cake Box Bakery doing her part to help the place run smoothly.
“Yeah, I do everything here,” Krafft said. “Actually, I do the dishes. I taste baked goods for my job.
If you talk to the owner of Cake Box, she will tell you that Krafft brings a sense of passion and enthusiasm to work.
“A very happy person to have around,” said Roxanne Johnson, the owner. “She loves her job and we love having her with us, so it works both ways.”
Still, it’s only fitting that a business built around cake decorating also has a decorated athlete among them.
“I just feel humbled that she’s working here,” Johnson said.
You see, Krafft was part of the Minnesota contingent that competed in this year’s Special Olympics USA in Orlando.
“Oh, I’m really motivated and focused,” Krafft said. “I am really involved in sporting events.”
She is so committed that she has won three medals in track and field at the summer games. Krafft won a bronze medal in the shot put, a bronze in the 100 meters and a silver in the 200 meters.
“I was like in tears of happiness because of it,” she said.
On Wednesday, officers from the New Hope Police Department paid a surprise visit to Krafft to congratulate her on her accomplishments.
A well-deserved recognition after months of dedication and hard work.
“Well, Special Olympics means everything to me. It’s about inclusion for other teens,” Krafft said.
This message about the importance of inclusion is one she plans to share each year when she attends future Special Olympics events.
But in the meantime, she has work to do at the bakery.
“I love having him here,” Johnson said.
A new hope