Meet Camilla. She's the cat-lover and dedicated volunteer who just won a scholarship

Meet Camilla Lettere, a self-described cat lady and recipient of Kendal at Hanover Administrative Scholarship. Camilla received one of three scholarships offered to staff at Kendal at Hanover. Each recipient will receive an award of $2,500 per year for up to four years.

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The senior at Hanover High School has excelled academically while participating in several extracurricular activities beyond pampering her three cats. Her secret superpower is speaking Italian.

For the past five years, Camilla has volunteered for the Upper Valley Haven. She helps prepare dinner for guests at the adult shelter once a month. Every week, she volunteers at the Haven's food shelf, where she assists guests with grocery shopping and helps stock the shelves. The most rewarding part of her work, she says, is learning to identify with and befriend those whose economic circumstances are more challenging than her own.

The relationships she has formed working at Kendal’s dining services have also broadened her compassion and empathy. Camilla began waitressing at Kendal two years ago. Through her work, she has been able to develop friendships with the people she serves. Once a resident reminisced longingly about the delicious meals she prepared living in Italy. When Camilla told her that her father was also from Italy, the woman began speaking to her in Italian. Since then, the two will frequently converse in Italian, giving the resident the comfort of hearing her native tongue even if she can't taste her native foods.

Camilla's third passion is running. She trains several days a week to improve her speed and endurance. She currently runs a mile in less than eight minutes and frequently runs three to six miles at a time.

Probable future: Political science major at the University of Vermont who joyfully runs half-marathons

Pet peeve: Waiting for late friends

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