Scholar Class – 2013
Laura Karnoski was born and raised in Edmonds, Washington. Having identified as a queer female from an early age, she has had many experiences with the intersections of queerness, disability, and poverty that have shaped her identity as a proponent for advocacy and social justice. Her involvement with the LGBTQ community began when she was in high school, having led her school’s Gay Straight Alliance, and serving on the Queer Youth Space Board of Directors. At the same time, as a board member of the Washington Association of Student Councils, Laura began volunteering with Special Olympics Washington, working to initiate a Unified Soccer program to her school district and helping to create a merger in the programming of the two organizations. Excelling academically, Laura was active in many student organizations, including her high school’s National Honor Society, Interhigh, and Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering program, where she was awarded a Certificate of Merit from the Society of Women Engineers. She is currently studying Spanish and Social Welfare at the University of Washington, and hopes to use this interdisciplinary educational background to serve as an advocate for the LGBTQ and Disability Communities in her future career endeavors.