Kathryn Howell, daughter of Danielle and Bryan Howell, will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, May 4, at Temple Israel.
Katie is a seventh-grade student at Bennington Middle School and is in the HAL reading program.
Katie is interested in soccer, swimming, ultimate frisbee and theater. She most recently played the Elven Queen in The Hobbit at Circle Theater, and has participated in eight JCC musicals.
For her mitzvah project, Katie raised funds through lemonade and cookie stands over the course of two years, to sponsor a cat adoption cage at the Blair Animal Shelter. She also volunteered at the shelter, helping to socialize the cats and assist in their care.
She has a sister, Emmy, a brother, Jamie, a dog, three cats and a snake.
Grandparents are Nancy and Larry Katz of Omaha, and Sue and Jim Howell of Pembroke Pines, FL.