Katherine Tejada
Central Region
Chapter 512 – Redwood High School, Visalia
Adviser Georgette Cheatwood

Katherine Tejada is a student at Redwood High School in Visalia and serves as the CSF President. Her activities included several book drives, Valley Oak SPCA Donation Drive, Bethlehem Center – Soup Kitchen, Thanksgiving Canned-Food Drive, and Reading at the Tulare Public Library. She has also been a member of the Science Olympiad, Key Club, Pro-Med Club and participated with the swim team.

This past year, Katherine was awarded the Visalia Unified School District World Language Outstanding Achievement Award. With in-person meetings on hold and community service minimized this past year, she organized and created a community service log with several opportunities for CSF members to help the community.

Georgette Cheatwood (CSF advisor) writes “she is a positive role model whether she is speaking to 400 students at a CSF Zoom Meeting or patiently explaining how to fill out a CSF application to a freshman.” Moreover, Katherine has created multiple read-alongs for Veronica Portillo-Nichols (an elementary educator) who writes “my little ones have illustrated more enthusiasm in their work and have demonstrated more motivation and comprehension in their reading.”  

In her letter of introduction, Katherine recognizes those who have been a part of her growth – “For without them, I would not have found the ambition to pursue my education to the greatest extent, the passion to serve the community which has molded me, nor the motivation to dedicate my future to carry on the practices I execute presently.”

Katherine has decided to attend Johns Hopkins University to major in Biology as a Pre-Med student.