Katelyn Shaneyfelt | Young Hero Award from Alabama Public Television

Katelyn Shaneyfelt

Guntersville High School

Guntersville, Alabama

Katelyn Shaneyfelt’s story is a testament to the human spirit’s unwavering resilience in the face of unimaginable hardship. Despite enduring a childhood marked by instability and abuse within the foster care system, she has emerged as a beacon of leadership, compassion, and academic dedication.

Katelyn’s academic journey reflects her determination to succeed. She consistently strives for excellence, aiming to overcome the challenges her background presented to reach her current 3.3 GPA. Her drive and motivation leave no doubt that she will continue to achieve her academic goals.

Beyond academics, Katelyn embodies the spirit of a true servant leader. Her involvement in various clubs showcases her unwavering commitment to giving back to her community. From interviewing and documenting school events in the Journalism Club to assisting children with special needs in the Anchor Club, Katelyn consistently seeks opportunities to uplift others. Her fundraising efforts for polio and Christmas Angels through the Interact Club further demonstrate her dedication to making a positive impact.

Katelyn’s service extends beyond organized activities. She actively volunteers to help integrate special needs students into everyday activities, raises awareness about mental health, and supports initiatives like “A Night To Shine” and “Cast For Kids.” Her involvement with the Chick-fil-A Leadership Program further highlights her passion for community service and leadership development.

However, Katelyn’s remarkable achievements come against the backdrop of a difficult past. Having experienced abuse and numerous foster placements, she has faced challenges most would struggle to comprehend. Yet, she has chosen not to be defined by her past but to rise above it with remarkable strength and grace.

Katelyn’s story is an inspiration to all. She embodies the power of resilience, compassion, and unwavering determination in the face of adversity. Her dedication to academics, her passion for service, and her unwavering commitment to helping others make her a Young Hero. As she pursues her dream of assisting other struggling children, Katelyn serves as a beacon of hope, reminding us that even the darkest experiences can pave the way for a bright and impactful future.

Young Hero Sponsors

The Young Heroes Program is made possible through the support of:

Derek Chen

Harris Trust


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These educational programs and services of Alabama Public Television made possible by the generous support of the following contributors:

Community Events & Engagement
  • Books-A-Million, Young Heroes
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama, Be My Neighbor Day/Young Heroes
  • Brookmont Capital Management, Young Heroes
  • C. W. Daniel Charitable Trust, Young Heroes
  • Medical Properties Trust, Young Heroes
  • Fred Rogers Productions/PNC, Be My Neighbor Day
  • WNET-CPB, Sesame Street in Communities
General Support
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)
  • Public Broadcasting Services (PBS)
Learning Adventures
  • Alabama Bicentennial Commission
  • Alabama Humanities Foundation
    a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Alabama State Council on the Arts
    a state program of the National Endowment for the Arts
  • American Graduate
    a program of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Daniel Foundation of Alabama
  • Malone Family Foundation
  • Robert Meyer Foundation
  • Sybil Smith Foundation
  • Troy Univiersity
  • U.S. Space & Rocket Center
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
Media Library
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting, American Graduate
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting, American Graduate, Getting To Work
PBS Kids Programs
  • Alabama Department of Human Resources
  • Alabama Power Company
  • Books-A-Million
  • Children’s of Alabama
  • HEAL Alabama
  • Medical Properties Trust
  • U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Professional Development for Educators
  • Community Foundation of South Alabama, PBS KIDS EdCamp
  • Sybil Smith Foundation, PBS KIDS EdCamp
Workforce Development
  • CAWACO, Career Forward
  • Southeast Alabama Works, Career Forward

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