• Shutdown “Shuts Down” Plans for SMHS Graduate


    by Mitch Lehman

    Hurry up and wait…

    San Marino High School graduate Katarina Mayers was understandably excited when she was offered a job in the United States Department of Commerce’s press department. A Monday, October 7 start date was quickly squelched on October 1 – the first day of the government’s fiscal year – when she received an email that her first day on the job would be “delayed and that the new date would be discussed once the government reopens.”

    Once the government reopens…

    The young lady commonly known  as Kat always finds a silver lining.

    “I’ve gained an extra two weeks at home, enjoying time with family, taking YMCA Zumba classes and eating as much San Gabriel Valley food as I can.” Mayers told The Tribune. “Many may think I am crazy for moving to our nation’s capital at a time when the government seems broken, but the idealist in me still believes in the importance of giving back to my country and doing my part. If my generation doesn’t work for change, then who will make our country better?”

    Katarina graduated from SMHS in 2007 and from Villanova University in 2011. She spent all of 2012 in Santiago, Chile as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar and from January to May of this year, worked in the Communications Office of the White House as the Spanish media intern.

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