Katie Hurwitz recieves NHS semifinalist scholarship Hurwitz is one of six students in Massachusetts and one of 600 globally to win award

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), parent organization of National Honor Society, awarded senior Katie Hurwitz with the NHS semifinalist scholarship worth $3,200.

Hurwitz is one of six students across Massachusetts who received the same scholarship and one out of 600 students globally who won awards in general. No other Walpole High School student has ever been recognized for the semifinalist scholarship.

“Katie has been a reliable and dedicated member of the National Honor Society since her induction last year. She attends meetings, tutors in the peer tutoring lab and participates in other NHS-sponsored activities,” Walpole High School’s NHS adviser Laura Kay said.

The application given by the NASSP for NHS regional and national scholarships asked candidates to show how they have embodied the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership and character. Students were asked to elaborate on any experience in community service, community involvement, academics, extracurriculars and any leadership roles they have held.

Hurwitz plays the cello alongside another member of the youth ensemble at St. Timothy's Parish.

Hurwitz was inducted into NHS last May and has taken involvement in many community service opportunities since her induction. For her NHS senior service project, Hurwitz held the Music For Food event in November at Red Cherry Cafe, a small independent business in Walpole. Students in grades eight through 12 were invited to perform their music at the concert. Those who attended were asked to bring a canned food item that would later be donated to local food pantries. The event raised $435 and collected 40 non-perishable food items to contribute to the Walpole Food Pantry.

Hurwitz performs with senior sanjana bhagavatula at the music for food event.
“Katie’s Music for Food event is the most successful NHS-student led event in my recent memory. Katie did all the hard work herself—from coming up with the idea, to recruiting other students, to securing a location for the event, to publicizing the event in the community,” Kay said. “Katie is a compassionate leader and truly a person who gives back to her community.”

Aside from volunteering at the regular NHS-sponsored events, Hurwitz participated in the Pull Tab Drive with the Random Acts of Kindness Club and independently organized The Moth storytelling event at WHS in October. Outside of school, she volunteers much of her time at St. Timothy’s Church in Norwood as a Vacation Bible School teacher, CCD teacher for fourth graders and member of the youth ensemble for the 5 p.m. mass.

Hurwitz poses with Random Acts of Kindness Club supervisor Kathleen Frattasio and fellow peer members.

Hurwitz plans on using her scholarship winnings towards paying for her college tuition. She will be enrolling as a freshman at Salve Regina University next fall, where she will double major in elementary education and music with a minor in creative writing. At Salve Regina University, Hurwitz hopes to join a series of community service groups within their academic honors program, as well as plan community events like Music For Food in underprivileged areas of Newport.

“I know I’ve done a lot, not to get the money, but to be a better person first and foremost, but I hope what I’ve done has helped me get this scholarship. I am really happy that what I’ve done paid off,” Hurwitz said.


Hurwitz expresses her appreciation for NHS advisers Kay and Elizabeth Albertelly’s support over the past year but tributes the majority of her success to her parents.

“Everyone who actually showed up to any of the events I organized are MVPs, but the real MVPs are my parents. As long as I am happy and working my hardest, they will support me,” Hurwitz said. “Having supportive parents has made me want to strive for the best.”

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