The Katelyn Joy Derstine Scholarship Fund, Inc., “Fly High Award,” was established in 2007 by Katelyn’s mother, Bambi Famous Kaine, as a tribute to the legacy and profound impact her daughter Katelyn had on the lives of many young adults in the Sarasota community in her twenty short years. Katelyn’s spirit was one of youth and vibrancy coupled with a spirit that transcended generations. Young and old were drawn to and inspired by the life and love of Katelyn.
Katelyn graduated from Riverview High School, Sarasota, Florida where her long list of leadership roles, activities, and honors included Highland Dancer, Homecoming Queen, Senior Notable-"Most-Involved" and President of the Key Club. She was a violinist in both the Riverview Orchestra and the Florida West Coast Youth Symphony and a 2004 Sarasota debutante. Tragically, she lost her life all too soon and innocently as a passenger in a car crash on June 15, 2006, as she began her junior year as an Environmental Horticulture student at the University of Florida. The “Fly High Award” was inspired by Katelyn's fondness for butterflies and her words surrounded by a butterfly drawing she created.
Papillon Club at Riverview High School: www.papillonrhs.com
Riverview High School welcomed its founding members and installed officers of the newly formed 2010 Papillon Club during an installation tea at Casa de Mariposa on Siesta Key in May 2010. Casa de Mariposa has now become the host of the annual spring installation tea for incoming Papillon Club mentors and officers.
The new members are all rising juniors and seniors at Riverview High School nominated by teachers. The club will match select high school junior and senior girls with interested incoming freshman girls. The idea arose from the need of incoming freshman to have a feeling of belonging, a place to have questions answered and a "big sister" mentor. The purpose of this club is to mentor freshmen, to foster friendships and bonds amongst all grade levels, to create a safe environment for new students to ask questions and to have a positive direction , and do community outreach projects.
The idea for the name of the club came from a past Riverview graduate, Katelyn Joy Derstine, who exemplified the club's ideals for mentorship and was killed in a motor vehicle accident while attending the University of Florida. Katelyn was an environmental horticulture major and had a fond appreciation for butterflies.
Club sponsors are guidance counselor Vicki Hughes and teacher Diane Bassett. Advisory board members include Dr. Paul Gallagher and Bambi Famous Kaine, Derstine's mother, who is president of the Katelyn Joy Derstine Scholarship Fund and a benefactor of Papillon Club.
Papillon Club has now expanded to include junior and senior mentors. Additionally, Sarsaota County area high schools are entertaining the idea of forming their own Papillon club in the fall of 2012. As a pilot program in Sarasota County, one of Papillon's goals is to be the pioneer of mentoring clubs within Sarasota County and beyond with the hopes of expanding mentoring opportunities to middle school students.