Katie is a junior in high school. She is a member of Harvard University’s Making Caring Common Youth Advisory Board. Collaborating with 25 other students from across the country, the board works together to create projects that promote positivity and inclusiveness in school environments. Since December 2015, Katie has been an intern for the California State Senator Jerry Hill, where she researches constituent inquiries and attends community events throughout the year. Katie was elected to serve as Student Body Vice President for 2017-2018 at her school of 2,200 students. In this role, she will help to oversee the Service Council class, which works on projects that appeal to students, who would not normally be involved with traditional school activities. For her high school community, she also created the Principal’s Service Award to encourage students to explore an interest in volunteering.
Katie was also chosen to be a finalist for the Facing History Together Student Essay Contest. Out of over 5,000 entrants, she finished in the Top 10 and received the Upstander Award scholarship. She wrote passionately about her grandmother’s experience being born in a Japanese interment camp, and what her grandmother has taught her about kindness and standing up for what you believe in.
Additionally, Katie will receive her Congressional Gold Medal in Washington DC this summer, completing over 1,500 hours of community services, physical fitness, personal development, and international travel. Last summer, Katie received a scholarship to attend the Global Leadership Academy in Canada, where she worked with students from around the world.