Miss RI’s Outstanding Teen 2016 Kate DePetro is a senior at East Greenwich High School.
Kate made history as the first contestant ever to perform a comedy routine for her talent at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition, which was held in Orlando, Florida this past August. Kate’s platform is “Make a Difference, Make It Positive, Make It Today”.
Kate is a fourth year member of the East Greenwich High School Drama Club, a member of the Student and Class Council and Manager of the Varsity Football Team. Kate held the lead role of "Elle Woods" in the 2016 show of Legally Blonde held at East Greenwich High School. An actress and a singer, Kate has been in independent films and she has performed in The King and I at the Ocean State Theatre. Kate enjoys volunteering with the Rhode Island Special Olympics as a track coach.
Kate has helped raise money for a friend, Benjamin, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Kate made a YouTube video about Benjamin and held various events, including a “Blue Out” volleyball game and a flag football fundraiser, to help raise money for Benjamin and his family so they could purchase a wheelchair accessible van. Kate was able to get the East Greenwich High School football team involved with her fundraising efforts and she is very grateful for how much they did to help. Benjamin was honored as ABC6’s Hometown Hero in December 2015 and in February 2015, Kate was featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen sent Kate on a weeklong trip to travel the country with the hit band Imagine Dragons. Kate had an amazing experience, learned a lot about our country and is extremely grateful to Ellen for her generosity. Kate was also lucky enough to be able to travel to Switzerland, Italy, France and Spain with her school during 2015. Her favorite place was Italy and she hopes to return one day.
During the summer, Kate works at Scarborough State Beach with her friends and she has had some of her happiest memories there. Kate has an older brother who is 19 and a little sister who is 14. She loves to watch High School Musical with her dog and she also loves to write poetry and lyrics. Kate hopes to someday be a talk show host like Ellen.