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Watkinson School Awards Leadership Grant to West Hartford Student

Sophia Borer. Courtesy photo.

Sophia Borer ’27, of West Hartford was recognized by the local private school. 

Submitted By Jenni French, Watkinson School

Watkinson School is pleased to announce that the private school has awarded the Monique Colletti Leadership Grant to ninth-grader Sophia Borer of West Hartford, CT.

Upper School Head Ryan Reese said, “Through arts, athletics, and academics, Sophia has demonstrated a love for improvement and learning. In earning this award, she’ll be able to further invest in her growth as a leader in our community and beyond.”

The fund supporting this grant was established in 1998 by family and friends in memory of Monique Colletti ’00, who died in a car accident on June 27, 1998 while returning home from a school-related trip to the American Youth Foundation’s international youth leadership program at Camp Merrowvista.

This award intends to nurture students’ efforts to enhance their leadership skills. The Collettis want young people to have the opportunity Monique had when she attended Merrowvista; the opportunity to hone leadership skills and prepare to make a difference in the world.

The Colletti Leadership Grant is awarded every other year to a student leader who is energetic, sympathetic, curious and has the experience necessary to attend a leadership program. The recipient is chosen on the basis of a written application essay, as well as the input of two adult references. The grant provides up to $1,200 to fund an experience with a leadership program. The awardee submits a program of interest for consideration and approval, attends the program, and then reports back to the Watkinson community and the Collettis about the experience.

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