Hershey Canta

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif. (since 2004); Born: Luzon, Philippines
Major: Radiologic Sciences
Year: Junior

Hershey Canta often fields questions about her unusual name (and yes, her mom did love chocolate!). Mother Canta is also Hershey’s inspiration for pursuing a career in Radiologic Technology, since her mom worked in the same field for a hospital in their native country, the Philippines.

Hershey’s family moved to California when she was young, and after she graduated from high school in Los Angeles, she took classes at Glendale Community College. It was her volleyball coach at Glendale that told her about Southern Vermont College in Bennington, which had a Division III women’s volleyball team as well as the major she wanted: Radiologic Sciences. Hershey had been accepted to another university in California and was ready to transfer, but decided to check out the SVC Web site and speak with SVC Women’s Volleyball Coach Joshua Stokes.

With only a few days before the fall semester at SVC was to start, Hershey broached the idea of transferring to SVC with her mother and father, who were not happy about her moving across the country to Vermont. Finally, with their blessing, Hershey packed her bags and caught the first flight she could find to Albany Airport (the closest airport to Bennington) and was at SVC in time for the fall semester.

Hershey has found that the open fields and quiet beauty of Vermont reminds her of the Philippines. But what she really loves is the small campus atmosphere, where she feels she gets more one-on-one interaction with faculty. Her favorite professor is Tammy Kenny, who teaches Anatomy and Physiology. Even her volleyball coach supports team players' academics, often reading her term papers. 

Hershey received the award for NCAA Division III Statistical Leader for Aces per Set. She averaged 1.08 Aces per Set ( in every set played she scored with her serve at least once) to earn the honor: http://www.ncaa.com/stats/volleyball-women/d3. She also received NECC First-Team Honors as well as the NECC All-Academic Team.

Adjusting to Vermont winters have been a challenge for this California girl. SVC friends helped her shop for the right cold weather wear.  Although she loves it here, she hopes to someday work in a hospital or attend graduate school back in California near family or in the Philippines.

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