Award winner Katie Zema, 18, is a senior at South Portland High School.  Katie’s involvement in many organizing activities began in 2009, when she was selected as her high school’s HOBY leader and was subsequently able to finance her trip to the national HOBY conference in Washington, D.C. that summer.  Her experience there inspired her to put her political convictions into action, volunteering for Marriage Equality by canvassing door-to-door and phone banking.  Spurred further into action, Katie joined her school’s Gay Straight Alliance and enrolled in GLSEN’s Jump-Start, a regional youth leadership group.  Katie’s political inclinations also led her to Dirigo Girls’ State, Girls’ Nation in Washington, D.C. in July of last year, and then on to work for Libby Mitchell’s primary campaign for governor.  Katie’s drive to work for equality for all and to make her voice heard make her a most deserving recipient of the Community Organizing award this year.