Homer High Senior Katherine Dolma has been named one of Alaska’s top two youth volunteers for the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
Katherine is described as a kind person and a blessing to the community. HHS Principal Doug Waclawski said Katherine spends a lot of time helping out wherever she can…
Waclawski: “Can’t say enough good things about Katherine. she’s just a great kid and works hard and cares about other people. You don’t always see that in a young individual.”
Katherine was recognized for a camp she launched for fifth and sixth grade girls who’ve experienced trauma in their lives. She said the idea for the three-day nature adventure came when she and a friend, Taylor Ellison, were preparing for a Rotary Peace Forum in Hawaii…
Dolma: “I guess it came up in conversation when we were talking, brainstorming, about what to do for our project. And one of the things that both of us really love to do is hiking and camping and we wanted to be able to share that with other people. And when we were brainstorming about who we would be able to share it with, and who would get the most out of the experience, we decided on creating a camp for kids with ACES, Adverse Childhood Experiences.”
Katherine arranged for camp facilities at Peterson Bay Field Station on Kachemak Bay, created a schedule of activities, prepared administrative materials, planned menus, collected camp gear, and worked with local agencies to recruit campers.
She said she’s planning on going to college next year for a degree in science, engineering or mathematics, but sees herself eventually returning to Homer.