2022 Young Woman of Distinction – Katarina Dries

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Katarina Dries: 2022 Young Women of Distinction, Junior at Joseph A. Craig High School

Katarina is a Bosnian-American student passionate about community service, swimming and STEM. She attends Craig High School and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

She has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally for her achievements—receiving Craig High School Academic Excellence Awards and College Board’s AP Scholar with Distinction Award. Her Scholastic Art Gold Key Award-winning drawing is currently exhibited at Milwaukee Art Museum. In 2021, she was selected for an internship with the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center. Moreover, she received a U.S. Department of State scholarship to study Russian, her fourth language.

When she is not studying, Katarina serves as treasurer of the Key Club, board member of the Russian Club, co-captain of the Engineering Club, and viola section leader for Symphonic Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. Furthermore, Katarina has competed regionally on her high school varsity swim team, Academic Decathlon and HOSA. Furthermore, she is an active member of the National Art Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, and National Chinese Honor Society.

While personal academic development is important to her, she strives to be a positive role model and empower others through various volunteering activities. Katarina has been sharing the knowledge she has gained through the Russian language program with the Russian Club at Craig High School. During the pandemic, she has performed music outdoors for area senior citizens, neighbors, friends, and local businesses to spread joy to others. As an artist, Katarina empowers other female artists by creating artwork for the YWCA’s fundraiser event and the Memory Project. She has served as a student ambassador to international students through International Club and as a host family for exchange students.

Katarina’s long-term goal is to study Biomedical Engineering and use science to improve the world.