2016 Young Woman of the Year:

Rosemary Paulson

Rosemary Paulson, the 2016 Virginia Young Woman of the Year, was nominated by Fr. Vincent S. Sikora Council 7992 in Burke.


She has dedicated herself to helping those less fortunate than herself.  She has volunteered in the following programs that benefit those who would go hungry without their assistance:


• Food for Others: Collecting and packing food for those needing food when emergencies strike and for people who cannot make ends meet, especially those who have children who are in the free or reduced meal programs at school


• SOME (So That Others May Eat) and Christ House: making sandwiches and meals for the homeless numerous times throughout the year


• Operation Starfish, a program promoted by Food for the Poor: One year our Young Woman of the Year asked family and friends to donate money for the program in lieu of giving her gifts for her birthday.  Another year, she raised money by producing and acting in a play along with her friends.  100% of the proceeds were donated to the Operation Starfish program.

Our Young Woman of the Year has given back to her community in other ways as well:


• She convinced her classmates to perform in a variety show that she produced for the residents of a local retirement home

• She is a volunteer tutor, working with young children who need help with math and reading so they can succeed in school


• She raised money and participated in the American Diabetes Asssociation’s 21 mile Tour de Cure bike ride to support a diabetic classmate in promoting diabetes awareness.


• She volunteered as a mentor and leader to younger girls at Mariposa Camp


• She volunteers her time as a free babysitter for mothers in her neighborhood and community


• She has been an altar server at her parish since 2011 and was also a member of the Girl Scouts.

State Deputy Steve Raschke presents the 2016 Virginia Knights of Columbus Young Woman of the Year Award to Rosemary Paulson, as her parents and parish priest look on

Rosemary also has compiled an impressive record of academic and extracurricular achievements.


• She is a straight A student


• She was the valedictorian of the Class of 2015 at her Catholic School


• She has been a Bishop O’Connell Knights Scholar, a Knights of Columbus Scholar, and a Kathy Davis Memorial Scholar


• She was awarded 2nd place in the Zoology category at the 2015 Diocese of Arlington Science Fair helping her school take first place overall


• She represented her school in the 2015 National History Bee regional competition and qualified in the Nationals


• She designed, built, and operated a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle in the National SeaPerch Challenge Competition


• She is also involved in countless extracurricular activities,  including choir, theatre club, book club, student government, yearbook, and even more.

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