Above and Beyond: Kate Katterhagen

Kate Katterhagen; Yankton High School senior

Meet Kate Katterhagen, a senior at Yankton High School.

Kate is well known in her school community, due to her heavy involvement in producing the school's yearbook.

"As an editor of multiple sections, I've learned how to help lead by example instead of just commanding people what to do," Kate said.

Kate has worked with the yearbook for almost two years, but in that time, she has exceeded expectations of her yearbook advisor, Jill Mikkelsen.

"She's one of the editors, she is one of the people I go to with overall design questions about the yearbook. She's one of the people who helped me make all of my decisions," Mikkelsen said.

Outside of school, Kate spends a lot of time volunteering, which is why she is also well-known throughout the community.

"She is the number one volunteer among the class of 20-17 for volunteer hours," said Jennifer Johnke, principal at Yankton High School, "And the time she puts in is above and beyond other students her age."

Kate volunteers at Cedar Village Assisted Living Facility, which is a living community for those suffering with mental illness.

"She just does bring so much joy and happiness out to our residents.," said Julie Washburn, program manager at Cedar Village Assisted Living. "I guess, with their mental illness, it's a different cliental and Kate just comes right on out and treats them as if they are brother and sister."

"Time just goes by," Kate said. "I don't do it for the work or for the hours. I do it because it makes me feel good, and I appreciate helping people. I enjoy helping people."

After graduation, Kate wants to go to law school, and she also plans on to continue volunteering at Cedar Village for as long as she can.

If you would like to nominate a student for Above and Beyond, you can submit an application here.

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