Senior Katie Coffey has been a President's Academic Excellence Award recipient all four years of high school.
Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award. This week we focus on twins Katie and Sarah Coffey, Class of 2016 and the daughters of Tim and Mary Ann Coffey of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.
By Cari Gallagher '93
“If each would feed one, everyone would be fed.” Mozel Sanders
These simple yet inspiring words motivated Scecina senior Katie Coffey to give her time in service to others. Following the Scecina motto “Give that Little Extra,” Katie has volunteered at the annual Mozel Sanders Foundation Thanksgiving Dinner for the past four years.
Although the Mozel Sanders Foundation completes works of charity and service throughout the year, including the distribution of personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies and 30,000 pounds of groceries every month, it is best known for its Thanksgiving dinner.
Volunteers prepare and serve more than 35,000 meals at 45 locations throughout Indianapolis and surrounding areas. Katie volunteers for the Mozel Sanders Foundation with her family, and each year they look forward to this meaningful part of their Thanksgiving holiday celebration. Katie’s effort to feed the hungry in her community are the first steps on her journey to crusade for an end to world hunger.
When she is not volunteering in her community, Katie stays busy with challenging coursework, athletics and other co-curricular activities. She says the rigors of her class schedule, coupled with her athletic and club activities, make life hectic. “It is difficult to keep a balance,” Katie says. But she knows that her academic preparation, along with the time management, leadership, and communication skills she has learned by participating in co-curricular activities will prepare her for life’s next challenge, planning for college and career. Katie would like to follow in the footsteps of her mother, Mary Ann, by pursuing a career in healthcare. She plans to attend Indiana University in Bloomington next fall to study nursing.
Katie has prepared for college by enrolling in challenging and diverse courses at Scecina such as Advanced Placement Biology (her favorite class), Physics, and Honors English. Despite this challenging schedule, she has maintained a grade point average of 4.17. Her dedication and work ethic have earned Katie many honors. She is a four-time recipient of the President’s Academic Excellence Award. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, an organization that recognizes students nationwide for scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Katie represents the Crusaders as a member of the girls basketball team, the cross country team, and the track and field team. She has earned ICC All-Conference Academic honors for all three sports, and last fall she was named to the ICC Conference Team for cross country. She also qualified for the Regional meet during that season.
Katie also is a Student Ambassador and a member of the Key Club, an international student-led organization developed by Kiwanis that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.
Posted on Wed, February 24, 2016
by Beth Murphy