The website took Katow about eight months to create. The site has been online for about three months and now has nearly 400 users, Katow said, adding, “I definitely hope it will grow even larger.”
Katow’s former English teacher at La Cañada High School, Jamie Lewsadder, said she appreciates all the work the youth has done on that and another recently created website. “I am constantly impressed with her innovations,” Lewsadder added.
Lewsadder said that Katow is a model student and consistently scored highly on all tests, essays and homework assignments.
However, her “favorite quality that Sierra possesses goes beyond her diligence and conscientiousness. Her positive outlook is contagious,” Lewsadder said, adding, “I have never heard her complain. She seems to smile all day long. When I see her at 7 a.m. painting a sign for ASB or in the afternoon after basketball practice, the smile remains.”
Katow was born at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena and has lived most of her life in La Cañada. She is the daughter of Vincent and Corrine Katow of La Cañada, and has a sister, Melissa, 20, a student at the University of California, Berkeley.
She attended La Cañada Elementary School, and La Cañada High 7/8.
At the high school, she will be the sophomore class vice president, and is involved in the Academic Decathlon, Spanish and Red Cross clubs. She recently was elected to cover publicity for the Red Cross Club and she’s looking forward to becoming more active in the group.