Katarina Moore is receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English and Secondary Education and a minor in Speech. She is also graduating with an Honors Program certificate and with high distinction. Katarina was named a James B. Angell Scholar, was awarded University Honors, and had a four-year run on the Dean’s List. Her scholarships include the CASL Alumni Affiliate Scholarship, Descendants of Vietnam Veterans Scholarship, Sidney Warschausky Scholarship, Jeanette P. Myers Scholarship, John J. Brownfain Honors Scholarship, Dr. Carole A. and Mr. Anthony C. Fielek Scholarship, a Phi Delta Kappa Prospective Educator Award, Michigan Speech Coaches Grant, and an Honors Program Stipend.
Katarina has been an award-wining student in the Honors Program, where she served as an Honors Program mentorship team leader. Her research essay in COMP 220 received First Place in the Honors Category of the UM-Dearborn Writing Awards in 2019, and is now housed in the public collection of the Royal Oak Public Library. In 2021, she was named a UM-Dearborn Difference Maker.
Katarina was involved in the Writing Center After Dark creative writing club on campus and she read from her poetry at the One Mic: Student-Faculty Reading Series in Fall 2019. She received the Branstrom Book Prize in 2019. In 2020, she participated in the Poetry in the Classroom, Project VOICE in New York City, led by Phil Kaye and Sarah Kay, two award-winning spoken word poets and authors. These activities are a testament to her participation in the campus poetic and creative writing community and beyond.
She is actively engaged in the local theatrical arts community, demonstrating impressive leadership skills. Between Jan. 2019 and Jan. 2022, Katarina served as a children’s drama teacher and assistant at the Dramakids of Oakland County in Birmingham, where she taught extracurricular elementary grade classes in drama and speech and summer camp activities. Since Jan. 2022, she has been serving as director of education at the Shakespeare Royal Oak/Waterworks Theatre Company.
During the same time, she began work at Mason County Central High School. As a part of the secondary education program at UM-Dearborn, she provides emotional and mental support to nearly 100 students, teaching 9th grade English/Language Arts classes, a 9-12th grade Script Analysis elective, and an extracurricular Forensics program.
She also volunteers at the University of Michigan Forensics organization, of which she is a founder and executive board member, and at TEDx UM-Dearborn as head of communications and volunteer coordinator.
Katarina’s academic excellence, her versatility, and immediate application of her academic skills in a real-world environment are truly exemplary. After graduation, she plans to enter the education field.