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The Helping Hand

Katherine Giordano, 17, of Morristown, New Jersey has been an active member of her community since a young age. Her parents have always encouraged her to get involved whether it was in school or the community. Since then, she has taken on many community and school opportunities for involvement and leadership.

Heavily involved with theater and choir at her school, she is also a member of the International Quill and Scroll Honor Society. “I write about important community issues in my school newspaper, online publication, and literature magazine,” she explains. Katherine is also a member of the National Science Honor Society and the National Latin Honor Society.

Katherine is also a tutor, babysitter, and works in guiding young students. She is passionate about blood drives and contributes to many more charity events. Along with her other commitments, she also leads a community service organization called HOPE (Helping Other People and the Environment). HOPE strives to help on both local and global levels in fun, innovative ways. Through HOPE “I attempt to get my peers involved in the community,” she says. HOPE is also her proudest accomplishment, having raised money and collected items for others around the world in need.

Currently at the New Jersey’s Scholar Program, which is an intense interdisciplinary educational experience that studies "Immigration: Cultural Recreator or Demographic Disaster," Katherine is identified as one of the brightest and most outgoing rising seniors in the state.

Katherine is a recipient of the Bridges Founders Award for her work with the New Jersey outreach organization Bridges and she has received other forms of recognition such as the Mark Mathabane Humanitarian Award and the Youth Service America Everyday Young Hero Award.

“The inspiration to continue doing what I do stems from the personal connections I feel with the projects,” she explains. Being able to know that she has the ability to make a change with the work she does excites her. Katherine says that everything she does, she cares deeply about, and that passion keeps her motivated every day. She enjoys most working with children and young adults.

With all of the amazing work that Katherine does, she says that she would not be where she is if it were not for her parents. “My parents provide the support I need and the drive that pushes me forward,” said Katherine.