A wonderful city of brotherly love welcome from Philadelphia, PA, USA! I am Katrina Terry, a 22 year old biologist with family heritage tracing back to Donegal, Antrim and Cork. I’d like to share with you my love for my home city and am incredibly honored to be representing such a giving and welcoming community.
I am heavily involved with the Philadelphia GAA, where I hold the positions of Public Relations Officer for the divisional board, and secretary on Philadelphia’s Na Toraidhe Hurling and Camogie Club. I was able to travel to Virginia to vote on USGAA policies and discuss the future of the organization. I also volunteer with the local youth Gaelic teams to help the parents and players become better athletes and better teammates. I believe it is important to connect with the youth in order to help serve as a role model and mentor, while connecting through athletics. As Philadelphia’s Mary from Dungloe, I have been able to connect different parts of the Irish American community here in Philadelphia. I have been able to promote the games as well as several events in the community.
In addition to these roles, I recently got involved with tutoring students at ProjectHome with Sister Mary Scullion. I have 4 years of experience teaching undergraduates, and wanted to extend my skills to those who need it. I believe everyone should have access to a free, and proper education. I am a first generation college student and graduated magna cum laude from Neumann University with a degree in Clinical Biology along with minors in Mathematics and Chemistry. At Neumann, I held several leadership positions and won the award Distinguished Leadership and Outstanding Senior award for the class of 2017. I currently work at Delaware County Memorial Hospital as a Laboratory Technologist where I provide the diagnostic testing for patients. I have 5 years of experience in research and during the past several months I had the pleasure of working with a research project involving Alzheimer’s Disease.
I also support a local pageant in Laurel Springs, NJ. I won Miss Congeniality 2013 and First Runner Up 2013. The pageant is heavily based on service and public speaking. My love for my city runs deep and I am honored to have been selected to make an appearance as a VIP Guest in the final scene of Creed II, a sequel in the Rocky series. I grew up watching the Rocky films, and being able to be on set with influential people such as Sylvester Stallon, and Phylisha Rashad has been an incredible experience. The Rocky series was one of my grandpop’s favorite, and he passed away this March. I’d like to dedicate my appearance in his memory. I am so very excited to travel to Ireland, and be able to connect with my Irish roots. I have not had the pleasure of traveling, so I am very excited to learn first hand, about the warm and welcoming community.