Each Monday and Tuesday, The Sun publishes profile stories on area high school seniors chosen from a pool of nominees for Teen of the Week recognition. Near the end of the school year, a selection committee will pick one of these students as Teen of the Year, who will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Another student is selected for the Inspiration Award, which carries a $1,000 scholarship.
Katz's academic achievement puts him among the top of the senior class at Tilghman. He ranks fifth with a cumulative weighted GPA above 4.3. He is an AP Scholar with Honors and earned a 34 ACT score.
Aside from The Bell, Katz participates in a variety of other school organizations and clubs. He serves as co-captain of the Mock Trial team, co-captain in varsity tennis, treasurer of Rotary Interact Club and is part of National Honor Society, Beta Club and Pep Club. Outside of school, Katz is a Paducah Human Rights Commission intern and took part in the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce's Youth LEAD program.
He was also accepted into the Governor's Scholars program, but ultimately decided to attend Medill-Northwestern University Journalism Institute this past summer. It continued a trend for Katz, as he attended The School of the New York Times Summer Academy in 2017 and 2018 for sports related topics.
"I had the greatest time at that (Northwestern) program, and I knew I wanted to advance my journalism skills because I knew I was going to be the editor for this upcoming year, and it's helped me improve The Bell," he said. "It was just an incredible experience."
Katz said writing journalistically is different than writing for an English class or a paper. He learned a lot about Associated Press style, design, taking pictures in the "right way" and how to improve feature and editorial writing. He was around other aspiring journalists in high school and "obviously great" instructors.
He's interested in several schools, such as Northwestern and the University of North Carolina. He's doing early decision with Northwestern and plans to major in journalism if he attends a school with a strong program.