Brandon Katta recipient of Frank Acquavia Memorial Scholarship
Brandon Katta is the recipient of this year’s Frank Acquavia Memorial Scholarship, presented by Post 62 Commander James Lemanski. Brandon was selected based on wide-ranging criteria, including an essay he wrote entitled “How to Improve the Community that I Reside In.”
Brandon Katta is the son of Michael and Connie Katta of Dunkirk. Brandon is a 2017 graduate of Dunkirk Senior High School, where he graduated in the top five percent of his class with an advanced Regents diploma. Throughout high school he has achieved honor roll every quarter and earned over 30 college credits through JCC where he has been on the part-time students Dean’s List. He was also recognized as one of the JCC’s 2016 College Connections students of the year.
During high school, Brandon was a JROTC cadet and an active Color Guard and Drill Team member all four years. During his senior year, he served as Battalion Commander. Brandon was also a member of the National Honor Society since sophomore year. He was involved in student government and served as class president his senior year. Brandon also served as the student representative to the Board of Education his senior year.
Brandon has a passion for music and has been playing the trumpet since fourth grade. He was in the Dunkirk High School Band and Jazz Band, where he was lead trumpet. He has been selected for All County Band for all four years and was first chair of his sophomore and senior year. He was also selected for Area All State his junior and senior year and was first chair in the Orchestra senior year. This past December, Brandon was the first Dunkirk High School student to be selected for Conference All State, where he played in the Symphonic Band.
During the summer of 2016, he was selected to attend the New York State American Legion Boys State Citizenship and Leadership Training in Morrisville. This experience was extremely rewarding to Brandon as he is very interested in the operation and structure of our government. While attending, he participated in the Boys State Band and was also an active member of the Boys State government where he passed the bar exam and was elected as District Attorney of Kogutek county.
Brandon is an active community member and has participated in over 100 hours of community service. He has participated with Dunkirk High School JROTC in building and maintaining the senses walk (for the handicapped) at Camp Gross. He has also volunteered at the Special Olympics and is a regular blood donor. He is a member of Blessed Mary Angela parish where he plays trumpet and volunteers to help decorate the church on holidays. He has been honored to play TAPS for the annual Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at the Dunkirk American Legion Post 62 and for the Dunkirk Fire Department’s annual 911 ceremony.
Brandon will be attending Fredonia State University in the fall where he will be majoring in political science.