Katherine “Kat” Castro-Alvarez seeks life lessons everywhere she goes. Whether acquiring new tastes in food and culture at an unfamiliar restaurant or developing knowledge and skills in the LAPD Cadet Program, Kat is following the words of Mahatma Gandhi to “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” With her grade point average above 4.1, Kat is in the National Honor Society and is currently enrolled in two college courses, Earth Science and Humanities along with AP Calculus, AP English Literature and Economics Honors. When Kat graduates this year, she will have taken five AP classes, five college courses and numerous honors classes here at BCLHS.
In hand with learning is Kat’s enjoyment of problem solving. After hearing a news item about a teenager who was able to help a deaf woman by translating with sign language, Kat enrolled in American Sign Language. She felt compelled to learn it because the news story indicated that there are relatively few hearing people who have this skill. She is ready to help if the problem presents itself.
Kat’s sense of learning has led her to pursue responsibility for her community. She credits the LAPD Cadet Program and BCL’s Student Council as the two activities that instilled this sense of responsibility. As Associated Student Body President Kat is acutely aware that her responsibility is for the entire student body. As the year begins she is encouraged by her student council peers’ desire to create memorable experiences for all students through Big Sister-Little Sister activities, sports rallies and other spirit building events. She enjoys negotiating and is improving her collaboration skills through Spirit Week planning.
It is amazing there are enough hours in the day for her to complete everything she is involved with. In addition to her rigorous academics and leadership responsibilities Kat also competes in Cross Country and Soccer. Kat represents BCLHS as a Student Ambassador, greeting guests and promoting the school at recruitment events. Additionally, she has served on the Campus Ministry team, PAW (Providing Athletics for Women) and Taking the Reins through the school’s Equestrian Club.
The word that Kat uses to describe her experience at Bishop Conaty – Our Lady of Loretto High School is empowerment. She states that the teachers work individually with students to build them up and help them to succeed in their class. It is with this empowerment that Kat will be forwarding applications to USC, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Barnard and Smith Colleges this fall.
As she looks toward her graduation from high school it is with great optimism and hope for the future. Her vision for the future is success in her endeavors and the ability to give back to her family and community who have helped her to become who she is. When asked, Kat credits her faith for her strength and determination. “It is my trust in God that allows me to achieve.”We are very proud of Katherine Castro-Alvarez for exemplifying a Bishop Conaty - Our Lady of Loretto High School graduate as a woman of faith, learning, responsibility and vision.