Student Caregiver Scholarship Winner

As elder law attorneys, we have an appreciation for selfless individuals who put others first. Especially those who are helping and assisting our aging adults. The purpose of our Student Caregiver Scholarship is to award one student who spends their time volunteering or taking care of our elders. Below is our past winner:

2022 Winner: Kathryn Kyle

Biography: Kathryn Kyle is a senior at Northwestern High School in Maple, WI where she has maintained high honors throughout high school and is the Student Council Vice President. Kathryn currently works as a volunteer for KIN (Kids In Need), as a Media Coordinator for Trinity Lutheran Church, and volunteers for the Lake Nebagamon Community Association.

Kathryn was inspired to earn her Certified Nursing Assistant certification after finding her passion for caregiving through her frequent visits to nursing homes while accompanying her pastor father as he made the rounds to long-term care facilities. While attending high school, Kathryn works part-time as a Certified Nursing Assistant for New Perspective Senior Living in Wisconsin.

Kathryn recognizes the need for long-term care resident engagement and volunteered to create programs where each resident would be provided with activities to offer fun challenges and socialization.  Kathryn’s passion is to engage with the residents, “In my experience, seeing how lonely some become is even harder than the death of a resident.” Kathryn will attend North Dakota State University beginning in the 2023 Fall term where she will major in nursing and minor in gerontology.

Reaction Statement: “Working with the elderly has given me so much, and this scholarship inspires me even more as I work toward the future and a lifetime spent in service. One of my main goals in life is to give back to the community and this scholarship will help me do so.”

2021 Winner: Katrina Machetta

Biography: Katrina Machetta is a senior at Klein Collins High School. She currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Legacy Press and Poet-in-Residence for The Heritage Society. She is a reporter/contributor for many publications, including Los Angeles Times, PBS Newshour, Youth Journalism International, Stanford Daily News, Navajo-Hopi Observer, Yale Daily News, STEM Magazine, YR Media, Faithfully Magazine, Auteur Magazine, Habitat for Humanity News, among others. An avid community advocate, she serves as Founder and President of Crafting Connections for the Elderly, President and Communications Director for Miss STEM International, President of the Klein Collins Creative Writing Club, Teen Court Advocate for underrepresented youth at the City of Houston’s Municipal Courts, Co-founder of Auteur Magazine, Student Leader of the Superintendent’s Student Leadership Council, Student Leader of Klein ISD Family Serves, Teen Council Board Member of the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston (CAMH), among others. In college, she plans to major in journalism.

Reaction Statement: “I am elated and grateful to have been chosen for this scholarship. This scholarship will help me have the right tools, experiences, and opportunities I need in college. In every activity I do, I strive to give back to my community, especially to our elderly population. I have always had a special place in my heart for our senior citizens, and through my service organization, Crafting Connections for the Elderly, our youth in the community can give back to the elderly population that has given us so much.”

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