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Cabell Midland’s Katie Cowie Selected as West Virginia’s Top High School Youth Volunteer
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 02:20 Updated 32 weeks ago From Press Release
Katie was nominated for this award by Cabell Midland High School. She has raised money for a variety of causes by making and selling “tie-knot” blankets though a nonprofit organization she created. Katie’s project grew out of a church retreat that focused on making a difference. “It was here I realized I was focusing too much on myself and not enough on others,” Katie said. During this retreat, the group discussed many ways people could volunteer, but none of the ideas appealed to Katie.
When Katie returned home, she did some brainstorming and decided to make blankets to sell. Her nonprofit, “Blossom” was born. With $100 of her own money, Katie filed the necessary paperwork for nonprofit status, purchased fabric and went to work on her first blanket. Her blanket sales have enabled her to support causes including providing shelter for homeless families and helping women quit prostitution. When Katie was in 11th grade, she went to a local Laundromat one Saturday a month to pay for customers’ laundry. Katie has also organized a “hat day” for the elementary schools in her county to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. “Spending time on other people instead of myself is better than anything I could have experienced in high school, “said Katie.
As a state honoree, Katie will receive a $1,000 award, and engraved silver medallion and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC in early May where she will join the top two honorees from each of the other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. During this trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2014.
Cabell Midland High School is proud of Katie and all of her accomplishments and wishes her well in the national recognition event!