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2019-2020 Staff

Nina Faynshtayn

Editor-in-Chief

Nina Faynshtayn is an activist, writer, and self-proclaimed politico. She dedicates her time to writing about a wide range of topics and genres including international policy, activism, arts, physical sciences, and poetry. Her...

Mahalia Wilson

Editor

Mahalia Wilson is a 17 year old senior at Hall High school. She lived in Jamaica for most of her life, having only just moved to Connecticut in September of 2017. When asked what is was like living in Jamaica, Mahalia expressed t...

Gared Bard

Editor

Known to many of his classmates as “The kid in shorts,” Gared Bard is a 17-year-old senior at Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut. He was born on February 27, 2002 in Springfield, Massachusetts, and moved to West...

Will Fox

Editor

Nathan Caron

Editor

Nathan Caron is an 18 year old senior who was born on January 29, 2002. He attends Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut. Although he lives here now, Nathan was originally born in New Britain, CT and moved to West Hartford...

Samuel Church

Editor

Sam Church is an 18-year-old student at Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut. He was born on December 29, 2001, in Waterbury, Connecticut and moved to West Harford when he was 13. One thing he likes to do in his free time is...

Jess Mason

Editor

Jess Mason is a 17-year-old senior student-athlete at Hall High School. The captain of both soccer and track girls teams treasures the time on the field. At the age of three, she moved to Connecticut with her family due to a natura...

Chloe Nordyke

Editor

Highly motivated by her peers, Chloe Nordyke is a 17-year-old student athlete that has lived in West Hartford, Connecticut, since she was born. She loves being outside, spending time with family and friends, and playing sports...

Allie Crawford

Editor

Eighteen-year-old Allie Crawford is a lively and charismatic student who attends Hall High School. Originally born in Russia, Allie was adopted at the age of 2 and has moved four times since arriving in the United States. She has l...

Natasha Chicerchia

Editor

Natasha Chicerchia, is a 16-year-old senior at Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut who was born October 18, 2003. She spent her whole life here.  When asked who her role models are, Natasha’s grandma, “She ...

Alex Bradley

Editor

You may think you have seen Alex around the halls, but you may have very well been seeing her twin, Zoe. Born and raised in Manhattan, New York, Alex Bradley moved to West Hartford, Connecticut as she entered sixth grade. Now...

Jade Hunter

Editor

You may recognize up-and-coming journalist Jade Hunter from her days as a Hall High cheerleader, or seen her younger sister enter as a freshman this year, but not all have had the pleasure of meeting her. Born on August 19 2002, Ja...

Lia Rosenbloom

Editor

Lia Rosenbloom is a 17-year-old student at Hall High School. Born on August 15th in China, she moved to Middletown, Connecticut with her Mom and brother. At age 10, she moved to West Hartford, Connecticut, where she discovered a love for...

Jameson Carnes

Editor

Jameson Carnes is a 17-year-old student at Hall High School, in West Hartford, Connecticut. He was born on March 26th, 2002, and has resided in West Hartford his whole life.    Jameson is a self-motivated student athlete ...

Olivia Ayers

Editor

Olivia Ayers is a 17-year-old senior attending Hall High School in West Hartford, CT. She has lived in West Hartford for her entire life with her parents, her younger brother, and her dog. At age 10, Olivia's family moved to a ...

Brandon Wolmer

Brandon Wolmer was born on June, 2002 in West Hartford Connecticut. He is one in a family of five. Of which belongs to his Mother, Father, older brother, and of course, his dog Happy. Ever since he was just a young boy, his life has revolved arou...

Connor Skarzynski

Editor

Connor Skarzynski is a 18-year-old student attending Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut. He attended King Philip Middle School and is planning on attending Southern Connecticut State University on a swimming schola...

Madison Arroyo

Editor

Madison Arroyo or Maddie, as some people like to call her, is a senior at Hall high school in West Hartford, Connecticut. She is energetic, smart, and hardworking person and when it comes to school, you can always count on her to ...

Liam Knapp

Editor

Liam Knapp, 17 years old, was born on May 2nd, 2002, in Hartford Hospital. Currently a student and journalist at Hall High School, Liam is “on a mission to improve my [his] subjective writing abilities.” His favorite subj...

Joey Shuey

Editor

Joey Shuey is a 17 year old student at Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut. He was born June 1st, 2002, in Houston, Texas. After being born, he spent two years living in Houston, then moved to West Hartford. Joey...

Harrison Margolis

Harrison Margolis is 17 years old and was born on July 2, 2002. When asked about why he took this class he responded by saying, “It was recommended and it sounded interesting.”  Harrison's role models are his mom and dad. ...

Flavio Clermont

Editor

Flavio Clermont is 17 years old, and was born December 9, 2002, in Havana, Cuba. He and his mother moved to West Hartford, Connecticut at the age of  4 years-old. One of his main hobbies is photography, which was a deciding factor for...

Sylvie Weinstock

Editor

Sylvie Weinstock is a 17-year-old senior at Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut. She was born on June 3, 2002, in Connecticut, and has spent her entire life living in West Hartford with her family, including her two o...

Julianna Le

Editor

Julianna Le is a 17-year-old student living in West Hartford, Connecticut.  She has resided in Connecticut her entire life with her family, including her sister Brianna. Although she isn’t entirely sure where she will end up afte...

Elijah Pond

Editor

Elijah Pond is a 17-year-old student at Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut. Born on June 2nd 2002, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Elijah moved to West Hartford when he was 4 years old.  When outside of school Elijah enjo...

Liam Stone

Editor

Liam Stone is a 17 year old student at Hall High School, located in the beautiful town of West Hartford, Connecticut. Born in Saint Francis Hospital, Liam spent the past 17 years of his life wondering how to be a better journalist....

Facundo Garcia Calione

Editor

Facundo Garcia Calione is an 18-year-old  student at Hall High school in West Hartford, Connecticut. Born in Hartford Connecticut on January 7, 2002, in Hartford Connecticut.  He is an active student in the West Hartford co...

Andrew Coronel

Editor

Andrew Coronel is born on November 27, 2002, and has lived in Connecticut all his life. This 17-year-old originally born in Hartford, moved to West Hartford at the age of 2. He now lives with his parents, and his older brother,...

Jayden Chan

Editor

Jayden Chan is a 17-year-old senior at Hall High School in West Hartford.  Born May 13, 2002, in Hartford, Connecticut, Jayden always knew he was passionate about dancing. In Bloomfield Connecticut, Jayden actively participates on...

Gordon Yang

Editor

Gordon Yang grew up in the small town of Muskegon, Michigan. He moved to Connecticut in the fourth grade and attended Bugbee elementary school. When asked to describe himself, he said “organized” because of usually being on top...

Zoe Bradley

Editor

Zoe Bradley is a 17-year-old senior at Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut. Zoe and her twin sister, Alex, was born on September 4, 2002. Zoe has been a resident in West Hartford for six years, explaining, “She moved...

Spencer Martindale

Editor

Spencer Martindale is a 17 year old student at Hall High School. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Spencer grew up in West Hartford. He describes himself as as a kind, easygoing, and motivated young man. He played football along w...

Julia Mouta

Editor

Born on June 17, 2002 in São Paulo, Brazil, Julia Mouta moved to the United States when she was 8-years-old. When she first moved here, she was living in Waterbury, Connecticut for a year and then moved to West Hartford, Connect...

Hibo Dirir

Editor

Born on April 1, 2002, in Hartford, Connecticut, Hibo Dirir is a 17-year-old student at Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut. At Hall she is heavily involved in the FEOD club. In college, she hopes to major in pre-law a...

Liv Bonee

Editor

Olivia (Liv) Bonee is an 18-year-old at Hall High School. She has lived in West Hartford since she was born, which was on January 1, 2002. Liv chose to take Journalism because she “wanted to learn about how our news is given to ...

Aarik Googe- Rochester

Aarik Googe-Rochester is a 17-year-old student at Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut. Aarik was born on April 20, 2002, in West Hartford and lives there to this day. After high school, Aarik plans to attend the Unive...

Emma Friedman

Editor

Emma Friedman is a 17-year-old student at Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut, who plans on attending Tulane University upon graduating.  She was born on August 28th, 2002 in Long Island. Emma moved after preschool and ...

Matt Mitrano

Editor

Matt Mitrano is an energetic, outgoing, and hard working 18-year-old senior at Hall High School, who enjoys doing a variety of things. He says his favorite hobbies include “pond hockey with the boys,” the Hall Swim Team, ...

Sami Farber

Editor

Known for her caring, down to earth, and crazy personality, the newest Hall Record Editor named Samantha (Sami) Farber, is a 17-year-old senior at Hall High School. She was born on June 28, 2002, in Hartford, Connecticut.  ...

Jenna Surowiec

Editor

Jenna Marie Surowiec, known by her friends as Jenna, is 17 years old. Born and raised in West Hartford, Jenna lives with her parents, her sister, her brother, and her two dogs and cats.  Being an Aiken Elementary School Alum, Jenna...

Patrick McGann

Editor

Patrick Mcgann, a 17 year old raised in West Hartford, is a “kind, and passionate person who cares a lot about people.” His comfort place is on the field and in turn, sports are a big part of his identity as he plays Football...

Alanna Brown

Editor

Alanna Brown, a senior at Hall High School, born in Hartford hospital on “March 7, 2002 Pisces gang” and has always grown up in West Hartford. She is the type of person who is a “nice person and tries to give out good ener...

Nathan Campbell

Editor

Nate Campbell is a senior at Hall High school and proud Boy Scout. Nate was born and raised in West Hartford and lived in Massachusetts for one year.  His hobbies include "hockey, more hockey, work, sleep, scouts, woodworking, and ...

Tali Raichelson

Editor

Yesterday I had the good fortune to meet an interesting person right here in my Journalism class.  Tali Raichelson, a 17 year old 12th grader at Hall High School, is from Glastonbury, Connecticut. Tali speaks English and Hebrew,...

Adam Hanlon

Editor

Adam Hanlon, a 17 year old senior at Hall High School, was born in Whitingham, Vermont on February 28th, 2002. He has a medium size family, with his mom, dad, and his younger and older sisters. Adam joined journalism because ...

Max Kershen

Editor

Max Kershen is a 17-year-old senior at Hall High School.  He was born in Houston, Texas on June 18th, 2002. After one year, he and his family moved to Vermont and then in 5th grade, they moved to West Hartford, Connecticut....

Grace gillis

Editor

Grace Gillis is a 17 year old at Hall High School. Grace was born August 26, 2002,  She had lived in North Carolina for a year before coming to West Hartford . Grace choose to do journalism because she enjoys learning new things ...

Ted Monnes

Editor

Born on January 8th, 2002, Ted Monnes is a 17 year old senior here at Hall High School. Ted was born in Hartford Hospital and has lived in West Hartford his entire life, attending Morley elementary school and King Philip middle s...

Peter Piao

Editor

Peter Piao is a 17 year old senior, who has lived in a total of three different states. He was born in New York, eventually making his way over to West Hartford, Connecticut, later moving to Arizona, and finally back to West Hartford....

Zack Storms

Editor

Zackary Storms, a 17 year old senior at Hall High School, was born in Concord, New Hampshire. He moved to West Hartford at the age of 5, and currently lives with his mom and older brother Ben. Before arriving at Hall, Zack attend...

Abigail Gunraj

Editor

Abigail Gunraj is an 18 year old senior at Hall High school. Abby was born in Guyana, South America and moved to the United States in 2012. Her hobbies include cooking, being social with friends, attending the Asian Cultural Cl...

Alexei Habermehl

Editor

Alexei Habermehl is a 16 year old student at Hall High school. He grew up in Enfield, but then moved to West Hartford when he was 10. Being apart of extra curricular actives interests Alexei, as he is apart of the Hall Muslim ...

Matthew Goldfarb

Editor

Matt Goldfarb is 17 years old and was born on May 9th 2002 in Hartford. Matt is 1/16 German, which comes from his mom's side. His last name comes from the German word for gold. He also has ancestors from England.  Matt took th...

Coby Noll

Editor

Coby Noll a 17 year high school student attending Hall High School.  Born on July 3rd 2002, in Hartford, Connecticut. Coby has lived in Connecticut his whole life. When asked about why he is exploring journalism he states, “I want...

Gregory Katzman

Editor

Gregory Katzman, a 17-year-old High School Senior, was born and raised in West Hartford, Connecticut. Greg says the way to succeed is to “stay focused and motivated on what you want to achieve.” When asked what he loves about ...

Mia Downey

Editor

Mia was born in Hartford CT and grew up in West Hartford. Her family is from Italy and Argentina. Mia enjoys a lot of hobbies that include painting, playing the piano, writing songs, and skateboarding. Mia also works two hostess...

Eva Astrachan

Editor

Born on July Ninth, 2002, West Hartford native Eva Astrachan is one of the newest journalists coming to the Hall Record. This seventeen-year-old is here to exercise her mind as a writer and explore a new subject. Although she was...

Olivia Birbara

Editor

Olivia Birbara is a 17 year old senior here at Hall High School. She is a captain of the field hockey team and dedicates most of her free time to the team. Even though she loves the sport and has been playing it for 7 years, sh...

Dan Davidson

Editor

Dan Davidson was born on May 19, 2002 in Vermont and moved to Connecticut when he was two years old. Dan lives with his parents, his older brother and younger sister. His ancestors are half Austrian and half Russian.  He loves...

Jillian Selig

Editor

Jillian Selig is a seventeen-year-old journalist attending Hall High School. She hopes to write for the Hall Highlights, Halls online newspaper, to find ways for students to stay connected to the news. “News is something that...

Gabe Salomons

Editor

Gabe Salomons, a 17-year-old senior at Hall High, is one of this year's new journalist for Hall Records. Three words Gabe would use to describe himself include reliable, easy-going, and caring. Brett Berman, classmate, would ...

Gabby Ciccomascolo

Editor

Gabby Ciccomascolo is a 17 year old senior at Hall High School. She was born on November 13, 2001 in Guatemala, before being adopted and moving to Springfield. She now lives in West Hartford on the Hall side of town, but if s...

Lauren Cook

Editor

Lauren Cook is a 17 year old Hall High student who enjoys athletic activities. She was born in West Hartford, Connecticut on February 16th, 2002. Lauren in the past has played basketball for Hall taking up most of her free time...

Afrah Khalil

Editor

Afrah Khalil is an 18 year old senior at Hall High School who has lived around the world. Although she was born in Syria in 2001, Afrah has also lived in Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan. However she moved to Hartford in 2016 and finally...

Justin Albee

Editor

Justin Albee is a 17 year old senior at Hall High School. He was born and raised in West Hartford, CT. One interesting thing about Justin is that he works at Chick fil-a. Justin enjoys playing and watching sports in his free tim...

Brett Berman

Editor

Brett Berman was born on January 10, 2002. He has lived in West Hartford in whole life. There is a special place in his heart for rowing, which he has been following for five years now. Now a senior at Hall High School, Brett...

Bikram Thakur

Editor

Bikram, from Nepal, was born on February 25, 2002, and is a senior at Hall High School. He moved to West Hartford in 8th grade and attended King Philip. When describing his journey to the United States, Bikram explained that ...

Jackson Muskrat

Editor

Jackson Muskrat is currently a senior at Hall High School, he's 17 and has been born and raised in West Hartford. Playing for the football team at hall he's an offensive tackle and defensive end. At Hall he also plays lacrosse ...

Mason Woods

Editor

Born on September 5, 2001, Mason Woods has lived in West Hartford all his life as he attended Aiken Elementary and Saint Timothy Middle School. When Mason attended Saint Timothy Middle School, his seventh-grade teacher made a bi...

Nicole Selig

Editor

Nicole “Coco” Selig is a 17 year old senior at Hall High School.  Nicole was born in West Hartford and has lived here all of her life with her parents, twin sister and older sisters.  In her free time Nicole likes to hang ...

Caroline Burkhard

Editor

Caroline Burkhard is a 17 year-old senior at Hall High School. She was born on July 10, 2002 in Hartford, CT and grew up in West Hartford. She attended Bugbee elementary school and King Philip Middle school. Hoping to “allow...

Noe Ruelas

Editor

Noe Ruelas describes himself as “kindhearted, athletic, and open minded person” who looks up to his dad that works hard and supports him in all that he does. His interests include watching Netflix, Hulu, and spending time with fr...

Mira Mohler

Editor

Mira Mohler is a 17-year-old senior at Hall High School. Others would describe her as open-minded, kind, and sassy. She was born on March 1, 2002, in Hartford, Connecticut. In her free time she enjoys drawing, writing and mus...

Leah Jackson

Editor

Leah Jackson is a senior at Hall High School in West Hartford, CT. Born in Atlanta, GA, Jackson moved to West Hartford shortly after she was born, and has lived there since 2003. She began her WHPS education at Morley elementary ...

Evan Lombardo

Editor

Evan Lombardo is a 16-year-old at Hall High School.  He was born in New Hampshire on December 3, 2002, but moved to West Hartford when he was two and has been here since.  Although he does not go back often, Evan wants to go...

Ryan Zimmerman

Editor

Ryan Zimmerman, a 17 year old senior who grew up in Philadelphia, moved to Texas then moved to Tennessee and after his freshman year at Bearden High School moved to West Hartford to finish high school at Hall. Ryan enjoys playing soccer and h...

Brennen Ravenberg

Editor

Brennen Ravenberg is 17 years old, born and raised in West Hartford. He is known to be a little quiet, but always thoughtful in what he says. Brennen is a scholar: musically and academically inclined. Coming from Vietnam to the US, ...

Leah O’Brien

Editor

Leah O’Brien is a 17 year old student at Hall High School and was born and raised in West Hartford.  She attended Aiken Elementary School and Bristow Middle School before beginning her high school career at Hall.   Every mo...

Desmond Nigol Mason

Editor

Born in Hartford, Connecticut June 18th, 2002, Desmond Nigol Mason is a 17 year old senior at Hall High School. Desmond joined journalism because he thought it was more interesting than a traditional English class, and most importa...

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