The YWCA Darien/Norwalk has announced the six honorees for the 2017 Women of Distinction Awards and Luncheon on May 4, 2017 at Woodway Country Club in Darien. The distinguished honorees are: Kara Nelson Baekey, Mindy Garcia, Catalina Horak, Lisa Koorbusch and Leslie Pennington.  Katie Schorr will be honored as a Young Woman of Distinction, recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of a woman under 21 years of age.

The Women of Distinction Award is bestowed in recognition of the outstanding achievements of a select group of women. Local residents and business owners nominate women who live or work in Darien and Norwalk whose significant and unique contributions have made a difference in our community. The YWCA Darien/Norwalk Women of Distinction Nominations Committee reviews the nominations and selects the honorees.

Each week, The Darien Times spotlights two of the women of distinction.

Kathryn Rose Schorr

Kathryn Rose Schorr (Katie), is the YWCA’s Young Woman of Distinction, and her family moved to Darien in 2003 and immediately became part of the fabric of the community.  It comes as no surprise that Katie would be the recipient of our Young Woman of Distinction as her mother and mentor, Sueann Schorr, is a prior Woman of Distinction herself.

Katie has been described as: vibrant, imaginative, mature, responsible, creative, problem solver, curious, leader, community supporter, welcoming and resilient. Through the separate military deployments of both parents Katie continued to keep the family upbeat while maintaining athletics, academics and community support.

There are many ways in which Katie stands out among her peers. She has had a full career in Girl Scouts and has achieved their highest honor, the Gold Award. Her Gold Award project incorporated her love for nature and Long Island Sound. She had a direct impact on the lives of over 20 children between the ages of 6-12, teaching them about the Long Island Sound’s different ecosystems, ecology and creatures.

Through her multiple years at St. John´s, where she has been active as an Altar Server, Altar Server trainer and childcare helper during Baptisms, First Communions and Confirmations, Katie has gained great strength as a leader and nurturer.  This has served her well as a counselor at the Darien Nature Center summer camp, where she was also able to share her love of animals and the outdoors.

Katie is a member of the Gay-Straight Alliance at Darien High School, encouraging inclusion and tolerance of all students and all gender identities.  She orchestrated their attendance at TRUE COLORS, the largest LGBTQA youth concerns conference in the country.

This fall Katie will be attending Dickinson College in Carlyle, Pennsylvania, where she plans to study physics and archeology.  No doubt she will continue to rise among her peers and lead with kindness and character.