Meet Katelyn Holmstrom ’23
Our Standout Student for Fall 2021

Double Major: Sociology with a concentration in Human Services & Communication and Media Studies with a concentration in Communication
Minor: Religious Studies
Graduation date: May 2023
Hometown: Rice Lake, Wis.

Organizations and activities: 
  • Women’s Swimming & Diving
    • Leadership Position: New Team Member Mentor
  • BUD Social Group
    • Executive Board Position: Standards Board
  • Love Your Melon Volunteer Crew, Pinky Swear Foundation, PACK Program
    • Executive Board Positions: Social Media Coordinator and Co-New Member Coordinator
  • Chiara Catholic Women’s Group
  • Sisters: Connect and Discover
  • Navigate: An Exploration of Life and Vocation
  • Anti-Racist Workshop
  • Student Government Association
    • Executive Board Position: Communications Coordinator
    • Serving on:
       • Academic Honor Board Committee
       • Athletic Committee
       • Food Insecurity Initiative Committee
       • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society

Scholarships and awards: 
  • Presidential Scholarship
  • Berne Abbey/DeWane Award
  • Father Gene Gries Endowed Student Life Scholarship
  • Justin C. Kausch Memorial Scholarship
  • Fall Dean’s List (2019 & 2020)
  • Spring Dean’s List (2020 & 2021)
  • MWC Academic All-Conference Team
  • MWC Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week
  • St. Norbert College Exemplary Leadership Award
  • Coach’s Award for St. Norbert College Swimming and Diving Team
  • Overcoming Adversity Award for St. Norbert College Swimming and Diving Team
  • Member of the Student Organization, PACK, winning the Outstanding Commitment to Service Award
  • Recognized as an “Everyday Hero” by President Bruess

St. Norbert gives students the opportunity to experience the richness of college life, pursue their dreams and expand their knowledge.

Proudest achievement at St. Norbert:
As a member of the Student Government Association, I am tasked with leading my fellow students to better ourselves through the spirit of communio and serving the common good. Last year, through serving on the Food Insecurity Initiative Committee, I was dedicated to ensuring that no student experienced food insecurity. I was able to raise awareness about food insecurity through creating and distributing flyers, establishing a system for students to repurpose their unused meal dollars for our fellow food-insecure students, and accepting donations, through a donation drive, from staff and faculty to ensure food-insecure students on our campus could be properly nourished.

How St. Norbert has changed me:
Being a St. Norbert College student has been one of the most fun, rewarding, and, at times, challenging experiences of my life. Given that I only get four years to spend here, I knew from day one I wanted to make the most of it. I have received an excellent education from the best professors, immersed myself in a variety of extracurricular activities, and stepped up to multiple leadership roles within my extracurriculars, stepping out of my comfort zone to surround myself with all of the necessary tools to be successful in the next stages of my life. Without a doubt, St. Norbert College has shaped me and molded me into the person I am today and given me a college experience that will forever push me to achieve my goals.

Plans for the future:
With hopes of attending law school to become a guardian ad litem or adoption attorney upon graduation, I plan to continue my passion of helping those who are unable to help themselves.

People would be surprised if they knew:
Aside from all of the activities, clubs, and organizations I’m involved in, during the school year, I work four on-campus jobs in addition to babysitting in order to help fund my academic journey at St. Norbert College. I work as an aquatics lifeguard, swim lessons instructor, First Year Experience mentor, and catechist. Throughout the summer, when I’m not busy working on campus, I’m lifeguarding on the beaches of Hilton Head Island, S.C.

What my scholarship means to me:
Being that I am tasked with fully funding my entire college education and beyond, my scholarships mean more to me than I could ever put into words. The generosity of each and every donor has helped me realize my lifelong dream of following in my mom’s footsteps, not only at St. Norbert College, but also in becoming a lawyer. I have the most sincere appreciation and deepest gratitude for the scholarship money I have received because it has given me fruitful opportunities to continue my education, my faith journey, and my commitment to helping others in a community I love—and to become all God intends me to be.