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Proud to be An American: Bardellini '19 Speaks at NHVH Ceremony

Sarah O'Neill
For years, Tilton School’s community service program, led by Julie Caldwell, has had a thriving relationship with the New Hampshire Veterans Home (NHVH). Located a short distance from the school, students visit the home weekly to assist with different events and to get to know the residents. Every year the NHVH celebrates Veterans Day by welcoming influential speakers from throughout the state to speak about what the day means to them. This year, Kaitlin Bardellini ‘19 represented Tilton School by speaking at the ceremony.
Kaitlin is a three year senior who plays field hockey, ice hockey, softball and is an admissions ambassador in addition to being involved with community service. She is the granddaughter of a United States Marine Corp veteran and hopes to be involved with the Army ROTC during her upcoming college career. In her speech, she thanked all veterans for their service and quoted her grandfather’s favorite song, “Proud to be an American” by Lee Greenwood.

Kaitlin was in good company with her fellow speakers, which included Christopher T. Sununu, Governor of the State of New Hampshire; Margaret W. Hassan, U.S. Senator; Carol Shea-Porter, Congresswoman - First District; Chris Pappas, Congressman Elect - First District; Brig. Gen. David Mikolaities, New Hampshire Adjutant General; Shawn Buck, U.S. Army Veteran and Superintendent, NH State Veterans Cemetery; and representatives from Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Senator and Ann McLane Kuster, Congresswoman - Second District.

Tilton School is very proud of this connection with the NHVH and grateful that our students are able to learn from these brave men and women. Thank you to Kaitlin for representing our school, and to the NHVH for allowing our relationship to grow.
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