‘Kat’ Brammer honored at ARC Heroes Breakfast
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Big Walnut Intermediate School fifth-grade student Ekaterina Brammer was honored during the November 14 American Red Cross Delaware County Chapter’s 2012 Heroes Breakfast for a Student Essay entry recognizing her hero, Margaret Cole, founder of European Adoption Consultants.
Ekaterina, who prefers to be called “Kat”, was adopted at two-and-a-half-years-old by her parents, Michelle and Brad Brammer, through Cole’s agency, EAC, from St. Petersburg, Russia.
In her essay, Kat wrote: “My hero is Margaret Cole. She founded EAC, an adoption agency, in 1991. It started when her 6-week-old baby died. Margaret got connected with adoption and adopted her first child from Russia. She then worked to open an orphanage in March and people slowly started to adopt the children. Today, EAC has had over 7,800 adoptions in 12 countries. I am adopted from Russia and Margaret’s story has touched my heart about how much effort she has put into EAC. She has a great open mind to help kids get adopted. This is why she is my hero.”
Kat said Cole also started Maria’s House in St. Petersburg, a place for girls age 16 and older who are too old for an orphanage. Maria’s House makes certain girls have the educational opportunities they need to go on to college and have productive lives.
When the flyer came out for the student essay contest to select and write about heroes, Kat said she thought it was an interesting topic.
“It was 10 o’clock at night, and I just sat down and wrote it,” Kat said. “My mother helped me with some minor revisions, and I turned it in.”
Kat, who enjoys writing, said it’s the second time she has won a writing contest.
She’s also a busy young lady. Kat plays flute in the Big Walnut Intermediate School Band, is a member of the Intermediate School Running Club, and was just elected last week to serve on the Intermediate School Student Council.
Outside of school Kat is involved in competitive cheerleading at Northstar Studio, plays on a Big Walnut Youth Basketball Association recreation basketball team, and is involved in club volleyball at Matchpoint (she says volleyball is her favorite).
Kat’s homeroom teacher Katie Graven, who also teaches Kat’s Language Arts and Social Studies classes, said the American Red Cross Hero’s Student Essay win a well-deserved honor.
“Kat is a self-motivated and hard-working student,” Graven said. “She thinks deeply about things and is very reflective about life. It was neat for her to take advantage of this opportunity for the essay contest.”
Graven said Kat gets mostly A’s on her report cards, only one B last term; that she’s someone all of her teachers would describe as a good student.
“Kat is an all-around good kid who makes good choices,” Graven added. “She’s especially thoughtful and unselfish.”
One final note — Kat said she was so young when she was brought to the United States that she doesn’t remember much; but she likes it here because she has a busy schedule and has lots of nice friends.
Kat’s brother Andre, a Big Walnut Intermediate School student, was also adopted from St. Petersburg through EAC.