GE's contest coordinator Michelle Woodley said that part of what made Katherine's essay stand out was they way she explained how she would actually carry out her plan. Woodley said she had her priorities organized and her ideas intact.
"Writing a compelling essay is just the beginning. Those who are selected to carry out their wish not only get to do something wonderful for a cause they feel strongly connected to, but they also gain valuable skills along the way," said Woodley.
Katharine's mom, Martha Weiskotten, said this has been a dream for Katharine long before they adopted the cats or the essay opportunity was presented to her. She said her daughter has always had a soft spot for animals in need. She knew Katharine would choose the APF as the organization she most wanted to help.
"She has always been an animal lover and always wanted to volunteer, I think this is just the beginning of her desire to help. I know Katharine will continue to reach out when and where she can," said Weiskotten.