Kathaleen Marie Agro
School: Chesapeake High School
Accomplishments/Interests: Katy Agro isn't kidding when she says "everyone knows my name" -- she's involved in activities ranging from baby-sitting to pageants.
And that proves she's learned the importance of name recognition, a key to her goal of entering politics.
She has started early, winning the race for secretary of the sophomore class this year at Chesapeake High School, where she has a grade-point average of 3.6 and takes Russian.
When the school started a program this year -- in which students attend four classes each day instead of six -- Katy was named to the school's steering committee, which meets regularly with the county school board, school administrators and teachers.
She's also a member of the school's Interact Club, a community-service group that works with organizations such as the Rotary Club to help neighborhood residents, and is very active in the youth ministry of her church, Our Lady of the Chesapeake. Last year, she worked for state Dels. Joan Cadden and Phillip Jimeno on volunteer programs.
In a new volunteer venture, Katy was certified as a literacy tutor and will begin tutoring within the next two weeks. And in April, she will represent her school as a delegate to the Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation Leadership seminar in Columbia.
As if she weren't busy enough, Katy performed with the Marche Presents Show Troupe in a benefit for the homeless at the Post Office Pavilion in Washington and recently began competing in beauty pageants.
"I have a friend who has a lot of titles, and she wanted me to try," she said. "I like it, because I learn more about different things."
In her first competition, she was chosen to represent Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 160, and she recently she won the title of Buddy Poppy Queen for the VFW's 6th District. In February, she'll compete for the state title in the pageant.
In her spare time, Katy's the community baby sitter.
Comment: Although she's very articulate, Katy says that sometimes "it's a real challenge to be sitting in a room with all these people who have important jobs. It's hard to talk to them, because sometimes I feel like a little kid. On the other hand, I'm not afraid to tell them exactly how I feel [about issues] because that's what they really want to hear."
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