Current Representative

The Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois for 2021 is Katherine Wu, from Long Grove.

Katherine’s achievements include: US Presidential Scholar Nominee: 0.125% of US seniors are nominated • The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards- Gold and Silver Keys • President's Volunteer Service Award: Gold • National Merit Scholar Finalist • Platinum at Taoli Cup Int'l Dance Competition 2018, 2019 • NHS + NHS of Dance Arts + Spanish NHS Inductee • School’s literary magazine I helped compile won 1st from ASAN • Communication Arts Junior AP Achievement Award • Ambassador Award (from school for getting a 36 on the ACT) • Writings published in various online national journals and magazines

In addition, Katherine’s activities include: Dance: weekly classes in all styles, choreographer • Writing (own projects): I have a blog and I wrote and published a book • Teen Insider Magazine Monthly Article Writer: reached 24,000+ readers • National Honor Society for Dance Arts: President • Write Club: Director of Communications (creative writing) • Freshmen Mentor Program: lead daily advisories for 24 freshmen • Project Pen Pal: Co-founder of Spanish branch • Racial Justice Book Club: discuss books and what we can do to help • Front Line Team Member at Cafe Zupas • Dancing for Dancers Nonprofit Intern
Organize + perform in bi-monthly shows at Avantara senior center in Long Grove • Weekly dance teaching assistant for elementary schoolers since 2017 • Camp Counselor and English teacher for middle schoolers in China (2018) • COVID: organized/taught free zoom dance classes + organized a book club for kids • Organized senior spotlights with nonprofit Dancing for Dancers (prior to intern)

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