2018-19 Pacific Military Youth of the Year
Katherine moved to Washington as a high school freshman. While the adjustment was initially overwhelming, the Youth Center soon helped her feel right at home. She met young people just like her, got involved in the SMART Girls and Money Matters programs and serves as president of the teen leadership program, Keystone Club. She was also president of her high school class two years running.
As Youth of the Year, Katherine hopes to motivate youth to explore, discover and pursue their dreams. Passionate about helping the homeless in her community, she led a group of students in planting an urban garden and donate the produce to shelters in the community. She was also awarded a $1,000 grant to assist her efforts.
After high school, Katherine’s goal is to attend Columbia University to become a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon. She currently holds a 4.0 grade point average.