Whiz Kid of the Week: Katherine Beggs

12-year-old Katherine Beggs has accomplished academic as well as artistic feats.

Katherine Beggs is a multi-faceted youth wonder. She excels in artistic expression, academic pursuits, philathropic endeavors and athletic activities.

She's played tennis since the 1st grade and received a bronze award at just 12-years-old. A true music lover, she's quite the pianist but also plays the violin. Katherine is currently a member of the Los Angeles Children’s Choir and has performed at the Disney Concert Hall and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Katherine has also dabbled as a recording artist. She recorded a CD called “To Build a Home” with the Mayfield Senior School Music Conservatory.

Katherine is definitely a young lady who's got a lot of good things in store for her.

Whiz Kid's Name: Katherine Beggs

Whiz Kid's Age: 12-years-old

Whiz Kid's School: Mayfield Junior School of the Holy Child Jesus, 7th grade

Whiz Kid's Accomplishments:

  • Academic Honors in 4th, 5th and 6th grade.
  • In 6th grade, she earned the Holy Child Award (the highest honor at Mayfield) and recognitions for academic excellence in history and science (an honor bestowed upon students with the highest GPA in each subject within each grade).
  • Elected as Student Council president two years in a row for 5th and 6th grade
  • Bronze Award Recipient

Whiz Kid's Key to Awesomeness:

We live in a world of negativity, of naysayers and competition where the purity of an individual often gets compressed into numbers and points. The key to Katherine's awesomeness is her mentality. Despite all discouragements that flood our media outlets and the bleak outlook that so many possess in times of difficulty, Katherine stays positive. Her refusal to pay attention to negativity and the "I can't" mentality is what keeps her grounded and drives her to succeed.

Katherine's optimism has allowed her to succeed in a vast collection of arenas. From playing piano and auditioning for performances on the national level to singing simply because she enjoys it, or volunteering her time as a Girl Scout or practicing philanthropy on the grand scale as a 1st Year in the San Marino Chapter of the NCL class of 2018 (National Charity League), Katherine is certainly a young individual who embodies the spirit that not only pushes her to chase her dreams, but inspires those around her to follow suit.

During her free time, Katherine loves drawing, reading, writing, singing, playing the piano and violin, and spending quality time with her friends and family who have never ceased to support her through her each and every endeavor.

Bonus Questions:

What is your favorite food?

"My favorite food is probably Chinese Dim Sum, especially baked Cha Siu Bao, pork stuffed in a white bun."

What was the last book you read for pleasure?

The Odyssey, a Greek Epic written by the Greek philosopher and playright Homer

If you had the power to change one thing in the world to make it a better place, what would it be?

"I would fight against poverty and child abuse."

Profession Consideration: A career in the Fine Arts. 

Pets: The family has four cats named Stuart, Priscilla, Frisky, and Shadow, two guinea pigs name Peanut and Midnight, and five fish.

Parents: Kevin & Dianna Beggs were teachers before they worked in the corporate world. Katherine also has a younger brother name Breydon, a thrid grader attending Mayfield Junior School.


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