Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School Student Wins Innovator of the Year Award


Katherine Li and her cross-Canada team with the John Dobson Entrepreneurship Cup for Innovator of the Year.


Niagara Catholic is extremely proud to announce that Katherine Li, a Grade 12 student at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, and her team of 34 high school students from British Colombia, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia have been named Innovators of the Year at the SHAD – John Dobson Entrepreneurship Cup.

SHAD is a registered charity that promotes the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) to high school students during summer enrichment programs at 12 Canadian universities. Katherine’s team was formed at Queen’s University in the summer. The team created Farms2Forks, an e-commerce online platform connecting small-scale farmers and food processors to households.

In addition to her outstanding national recognition, Katherine is an extremely accomplished and well-rounded student. She has maintained an academic average of 97 per cent, and has won a variety of awards for her academics, leadership skills and co-curricular activities.  She is also a devoted athlete, winning competitions and accolades in: Tennis, Badminton, Cross Country and Squash. Katherine is a leader in the Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School choir, Senior Band and Music Council. She has participated in a variety of activities and clubs such as Free the Children, the Holy Cross Eco Team and Mathletes, each of which has enhanced the school and her community.

Katherine is an avid volunteer with more than 150 hours of Christian Community Service hours completed. Over 50  of those hours have been dedicated to leading the Children’s Liturgy and Vacation Bible School in her parish. She took it upon herself to learn accounting software, and uses her new-found knowledge to volunteers her bookkeeping skills for the Every Child Now charity.

We join the Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School community in being extremely proud of Katherine.

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