2021-2022 Staff

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Kelly Fransen

I come to this website with over 20 years teaching experience. Journalism is my favorite class because it combines everything I love, including writing, reading, history, current events, and social activism. In the end, I hope...

Charles Wang
Editor-in-Chief of Hall Highlights

Charles Wang

In this interview, we learn more about Charles Wang, the editor-in-chief of Hall Highlights & HallRecord. As an experienced journalist, he wants to continue using his skills to help others in the world. Q: What inspires...

Colin Auwarter

Colin Auwarter

Colin Auwarter, who enjoys reading and writing, is one of the newest members of Hall Record. Excited to get the chance to write more, Colin is ready to publish pieces that share useful information and have a positive impact on t...

Heitor Cunha
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Heitor Cunha

A dedicated student, with a burning passion for music and physical health, Heitor Cunha is excited to embark on a journalistic journey this year; With curiosity and endless ideas on how to better communication and lessen divisi...

Brennan Margolis
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Brennan Margolis

Brennan Margolis, a hardworking determined 17-year-old, is ready to embrace the art of journalism and further his writing knowledge.    Q: Why did you decide to take journalism? A: I took this class mainly because my brother took it and...

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Augusto Figueroa

Meet Augusto Figueroa, Hall Record’s newest editor of the 2021-22 school year, and laid back digital artist and aspiring engineer. This semester in journalism, Augusto hopes to step out of his comfort zone with writing as well...

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Nicolai Yanko

Meet Nicolai Yanko, one of the newest members of Hall Record. Nicolai is driven each day by the simple pleasures in life: Seeing friends, family, and the prospect of new experience! Now the young track and field star is ready wri...

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Tucker Redden

Tucker Redden, 17, is a major part of the the Hall sports community with his participation on the Hall baseball team. Journalism caught Tucker’s interest as he can socialize with new people and tell their stories to the publi...

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Aiden Kotowitz

Aiden Koto knew what this course was about when signing up.  He is a 17-year-old senior is looking forward to Journalism because of his love for current events and the news Why are you taking journalism?  I am taking journa...

Annie Campbell
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Annie Campbell

At 17, Annie is ready to work hard at Hall Record to make an impact and to uncover important stories about what’s going on in the community. Q: What does journalism mean to you? A: I think that journalism is important bec...

Merilly Delgado
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Merilly Delgado

Merilly is a highly Motivated senior student at Hall High School who wants to make change by using encouraging, strong, and passionate words in writing. Many praise Delgado for her positive insights and advice to others who are no...

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Ryan Mendoza

Ryan Mendoza has lived his whole life in West Hartford and as a student is now taking the opportunity to participate in the Journalism class so that he can publish his articles about the school.  Check out his profile from The Hall Record. ...

Teagan Droney
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Teagan Droney

Teagan Droney is a senior at Hall who values using her voice through writing. In this course, she hopes to shine light on topics that don't get the attention they deserve. Q: How would your friends describe you? A: They would...

Tommy LaSpada
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Tommy LaSpada

Tommy is young and talented baseball player who is new to journalism. Even though he does not have much experience in writing, in coming days he plans to contribute to the hall community by writing about the daily and gener...

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Nicholas C Peterson

Nick Peterson is a senior at Hall high school and runs cross country, indoor and outdoor track. Q: How would you describe yourself?         A:  I would describe myself as a funny and caring person. I think I always try to ...

Deilanis Santana
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Deilanis Santana

Deilanis Santana, a senior at Hall who’s new to Journalism. She’s ready to overcome the challenges that come in Journalism and she hopes that her writing will help spread awareness to important issues that are going on around...

Jacob Herz
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Jacob Herz

Student Jake Herz, 17, has many interests including sports, music, and video games. He also understands the importance of journalism in the ever-changing world.  Q: How would your friends describe you? A: My friends would d...

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Kayla Flores

Kayla Flores, 17, a senior at Hall High School, with a passion for helping animals and reading. They decided to take journalism to bring a voice to the LGBTQIA+ community, the Afro-Latinx community, STEM, and advocate for animal w...

Alexander Ciafone
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Alexander Ciafone

Alex Ciafone is a 18 year old senior at Hall, He is a smart young man who has hopes to become an engineer in his future career. In his spare time he likes to find ways to better himself as a student and a peer. Q: What do you l...

Kali Dominguez
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Kali Dominguez

Kali Dominguez is a collegiate athlete who took Journalism to gain insight on current sports issues.. Q: Do you have any hobbies/professions/jobs? A: I swim year-round. I lifeguard in the summer and occasionally in the winter for ...

Will Gaumer
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Will Gaumer

Will is a talented intellectual who has a passion for politics and the world around him, making him perfect for the art of journalism.  Q: What are your favorite hobbies? A: I love to play sports and video games, and sta...

Cyrus Parham
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Cyrus Parham

Cyrus is a humorous guy who loves to interview and learn about the experience of others.  He translates these skills to his journalism making him a natural reporter. Q: What are some of your hobbies? A: I love to play sports an...

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Aiden Loeser

Aiden Loeser is an 17 year old senior at Hall High School with multiple dreams and goals to make a change in today's society. Aiden is capitalizing his opportunities and resources by taking journalism to not only get a better under...

Nick Udell
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Nick Udell

Nick Udell is a senior at Hall High School who enjoys hanging out with friends and participating in sports.  He is interested in writing about current events, things that affect the school, and sports. Q: What things will...

Lana Ghamo
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Lana Ghamo

Lana Ghamo, a senior an Hall High School; has an interest in politics, taking care of others, and learning about different cultures. She is excited to dive into the world of journalism and inspire others. Q: Why did you take...

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Leo Perreira

Leo Perreira is an 18 year old senior at Hall High School who has multiple goals and dreams of playing college football, as well as furthering his journalism career utilizing this journalism class to the best of his ability.  ...

Brooke Birbara
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Brooke Birbara

Brooke Birbara, a senior at Hall High School, chose to take journalism to have more liberty in her writing. She hopes to write about women in STEM and medicine.  Q: Who has been your biggest role model? My biggest role mode...

Kayla Waterman
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Kayla Waterman

Kayla Waterman, a senior at Hall High School, wants to make an impact with her writing. She describes herself as opinionated and envisions herself writing about current events that need to be discussed. Q:  What would you say your role at hall Hi...

Yashraj Thakuri
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Yashraj Thakuri

Yash, a young writer, looks to make an impact through Journalism on the school community with his knowledge on climate change and global warming. Yash enjoys watching races and movies .   Q - Who has been your role model up to this...

Jack Marzi
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Jack Marzi

Jack Marzi, a senior at Hall, is someone who enjoys nature and likes riding his bike. He also enjoys reading and writing, which led to Jack’s interest in taking a journalism course and putting his work onto Hall Record. Q...

Caroline Kavanagh
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Caroline Kavanagh

Caroline Kavanagh is a very active student at Hall High School. Being a two-sport athlete with field hockey and lacrosse, Caroline is excited to express her point of view for Hall Record. Q: What made you take journalism?  I thought it...

Ben Bomzer
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Ben Bomzer

I hope you all can join me in officially welcoming Ben Bomzer to Hall Record.  Ben has a four-year-long history of writing for our sister paper, Hall Highlights. Q: How would people describe you? A: I’d say that peop...

Emma Keller
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Emma Keller

Emma Keller, a student athlete looking to pursue a career in sports medicine and management, will make an impact on her community and further her own writing ability through journalism. Q: Who has been your biggest role mod...

Sébastien Brand
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Sébastien Brand

Senior Sébastien Brand participates in fencing and is part of the school’s acting and singing departments. With his involvement at school, Sébastien has a lot of insight on Hall which he hopes to use to reach his peers. Q...

Alex Bolio
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Alex Bolio

Alex Bolio is a senior at Hall interested in sports and business. He is looking forward to the opportunity to write articles about the interesting clubs and events at Hall. Q: What are some of your interests? A: I like sports, both pl...

Camden Carpenter
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Camden Carpenter

Camden Carpenter, 17, is a high school football player by day, editor for Hall Records by night.  Q: How would other people describe you? A: People describe me as kind but opinionated. I’m regarded as hard working, probabl...

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Josh Burr

Josh Burr, a new addition to Hall Records, is looking forward to using his freedom to write about things he is passionate about including running, hanging out with his friends, and going on hikes with his dog.  Q: Why did y...

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Julia Sillman

Julia Sillman  is an active senior at Hall High School interested in sports management and media. She is ready to write about the ongoing issues and untold stories that go on in today's world. Q:How would you describe yourself? A: I w...

Eli Salomons
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Eli Salomons

Eli Salomons is a senior at Hall who plays football and baseball. He is excited to meet new people through journalism and hopes to write about current events going on at Hall.  Q: What do you enjoy doing? A: I enjoy wa...

Noa
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Noa Climor Mizrahi

Noa Climor Mizrahi (18) is a senior at Hall is an avid artist and Latin virtuoso. She is excited to be able to share stories that haven’t been heard enough   Q: What is your favorite book? A: My favorite book is this bo...

Amelia Searls
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Amelia Searls

Amelia Searls, 17, is an active participate in the Hall High School Community. Through her active participation and contributions to the community she is a great source to read from. Q: Why did you decide to take Journalism? ...

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Simon Rosenberg

Simon Rosenberg believes journalism helps share stories that are typically not known to people. He is also a very funny person and loves playing sports. Q: What do you enjoy to do outside of school? A: I enjoy playing baseball,...

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Cole Kocienda

Cole Kocienda, a senior at Hall High School, is a two sport athlete ready to start writing for Hall Record. He’s ready to have his voice heard through his stories about the issues that are impacting the Hall High community. Q:...

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Amy Zheng

Amy Zheng, 17, has been immersed in art her whole life and hopes that journalism will too. Q: What sparked your interest in journalism? A: In my summer of junior year, I attended an online journalism camp, and even thou...

Kanaga, holding an 18 inch Bluefish on a fishing excursion in August 2021.
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Clayton Kanaga

Clay Kanaga, a senior at Hall, looks forward to learning more about Journalism and spreading awareness on important topics. After his time at Hall, he looks forward to majoring in Finance.  Q: How would your friends describe you? A: I ...

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Tali Altimari

Tali signed up for this course in hopes of obtaining a better understanding how her parents, who are both journalists, create a article. Q: How would you describe yourself? A: I would describe myself as a very kind and fu...

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Kanwalpreet Kaur

Kanwalpreet Kaur, 17, is a welcome addition to Hall Record. She is excited to continue our organization’s commitment to providing entertaining and informative stories to Hall students. Kanwalpreet is not only a skillful writer, ...

Ben Brockway
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Ben Brockway

Ben Brockway, a senior at Hall, is a three-sport athlete who is ready to write for Hall Record about athletics and important issues impacting our school. Q:  What do you like to do in your free time? A:  I like to play...

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Sal Bakri

Sal Bakri, a senior at Hall High School, has a dream to one day own his own business. He also enjoys talking and speaking up for what he believes in, which will be a tremendous asset in Journalism. Q: What motivates you to...

Christopher Padilla
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Christopher Padilla

Lede: Christopher Padilla, a senior at Hall, enjoys working hard and putting his time to use when he finds something he can make a difference in, and that’s why he plans to use his voice in Journalism to help his peers....

Gus Brudz
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Gus Brudz

Gus Brudz, with a long interest in racial injustice, decided to take journalism to bring awareness to discrimination in the workplace. Gus also has a passion for medicine and is excited to explore health sciences in his future....

Adrian DeMerville
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Adrian DeMerville

Adrian DeMerville, a Hall senior, is a car and motorcycle enthusiast who is excited to enter the world of Journalism. Q. Why did you chose to take journalism? A. I took journalism because it sounded really fun at the tim...

Ana Haubrich
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Ana Haubrich

Ana Haubrich, likes hanging out with friends and playing sports and that’s why she is excited to write sports stories for Hall Record. She enjoys reading about current events and now is interested in writing stories about t...

Luke Singer
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Luke Singer

Luke Singer, senior at Hall, has recently joined our school newspaper despite his already busy schedule that includes coaching ski racing, playing soccer and captaining tennis. Q:  Why have you decided to join HallRecord? A: I wanted...

Jake Long playing football
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Jake Long

Jake Long, a three-sport athlete is ready for any challenge headed his way.   He is ready to enter the world of journalism and is eager to write about current events around Hall High School.  Q: What/who inspires you and why? A:  My...

Charles playing football
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Charles Dowd

Charles Dowd is a very involved athlete, participating in many sports like football, lacrosse, and skiing. Having grown up in West Hartford, Charles is motivated to keep the community he grew up in informed. He wants to contri...

Meet James Renda, 17-year-old baseball player who likes to watch Basketball and football and is looking forward to learning about journalism. After high school James wants to go to college and wants to major in something with something to do with Business and Marketing or Journalism.
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Elijah Rodriguez

Coming into the 2021 school year, Ethan Tiffany is excited to practice journalism because he believes that the study of journalism can aid him later in life. An added bonus is he gets to use his creativity in this class.

Tyler Bristow
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Tyler Bristow

Meet Tyler Bristow, one of our newest Hall Record editors. Having grown up in a different country, he thinks he can provide unique perspectives on current events. Tyler is very interested in becoming a good journalist to help ...

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Juliannah Xavier

Juliannah Xavier is excited to join Journalism and learn the details that go into writing for a newspaper. She believes she’s ready for this responsibility as it will prepare her for her undoubtedly bright future.  Q.) What ar...

James Tomb
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James Tomb

James Tomb, 17, President of Spike Ball Club, has recently found an interest in learning more about the world of journalism. Let’s find out more about one of Hallrecord’s newest member. Q1.) Who has inspired you to be th...

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Christian Rosado

Meet Christian Rosado, one of the newest Hall Record editors. In Journalism, a class unlike any other he has taken before, Christian is beyond excited to see where this semester will go.  Q: What is your earliest memory o...

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Keilynn Claudio

Keilynn Claudio, an avid artist, is new to journalism and eager to use her passion of helping others and spreading awareness on various issues to publish articles.    Q: Have you ever published a piece of your own wr...

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James Renda

Meet James Renda, a 17-year-old baseball player who enjoys watching basketball and football. James is also looking forward to learning about journalism. After high school, James wants to go to college and major in a field with somet...

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Conlan Wilson

Conlan Wilson, a soccer player at Hall High School, is one of the freshest additions to Hall Record. He’s coming off an impressive soccer career, and he’s ready to take on the world of journalism and science. The center mid has...

Mira Goldstein
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Mira Goldstein

Mira Goldstein, 17, is a young aspiring journalist ready to take on the world one article at a time. Mira found her passion for journalism at the young age of 13, and since then has looked forward to publishing her own article...

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Gabriel Rooney

Gabriel Rooney is a dedicated student and one of our newest staff members at Hall Record. He enjoys playing video games and reading up on history in his free time. He came to improve his own writing ability through the medium of j...

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Aidan Dorian

Aidan Dorian, a 17-year-old high school student, ready to take on the world of journalism, is very excited to explore the many interviews that will come his way. With his ability to converse and discuss many topics, he hopes t...

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Matt Scobbo

Matt Scobbo, 17, is a student who hopes to bring his passion for both sports and writing to Hall Record. An avid learner and athlete, Matt also enjoys writing and history, particularly finding an interest in how stories of the pa...

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Julia Baun

Meet 17 year old Julia Baun, a multi-talented individual who spends her spare time painting and running. She pushes past any obstacle to achieve what she wants, and journalism is the newest edition to her record. Q: So Julia, ...

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Farrah Jones

Farrah Jones is a new addition to the Hall Record, and plans on putting a unique twist on her writing. She is interested in writing about current events and other topics. After high school, Farrah plans to go to college and hopefully...

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Sydney Martin

Meet Sydney Martin, one of the newest Hall Record writers. Inside and out of school, Sydney is an avid writer and journalist who loves researching a new story. Outside of school, she loves playing the guitar, working on sets f...

Ethan Tiffany
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Ethan Tiffany

Coming into the 2021 school year, Ethan Tiffany is excited to practice journalism because he believes that the study of journalism can aid him later in life. An added bonus is he gets to use his creativity in this class. Q:...

Joe Dooley playing in a baseball game at Hall High School.
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Joe Dooley

Joe Dooley, inspired by his father’s work, is attempting to follow tradition by joining the team here at Hall Record. Mr. Dooley found the class of Journalism to be much more engaging than regular literature classes, and has a ...

Sean Knapp
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Sean Knapp

Sean Knapp is a senior at Hall, and is in his first year in the world of Journalism. He understands that hard work and effort produce a better product in any field or capacity. What is something you are passionate about? I am very passiona...

Sean showing off
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Sean Cook

Sean Cook, a new writer for Hall Record, looks to follow in his dad’s footsteps and admires taking on new challenges that come with journalism. The 17 year old is eager to get to work and see what his imagination is capable of. Wh...

Landon Cacio
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Landon Cacio

Landon Cacio knew very little about Journalism when he chose to take this course. Being a 17-year-old senior at Hall, this is his first year taking the class. His experiences so far are illuminating. Q: Who inspires you? A: I would say my family insp...

Marley wearing the color black. He is at a football game.
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Marley Noll

Marley Noll, 17, envisions himself living on the beach as a successful businessman. With goals of wanting to be a businessman, he says, it is important to be knowledgeable on current events and how to properly discuss them. ...

Fionna on vacation
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Fionna Sortman

Fionna Sortman, a 16-year-old senior, is excited to empower others through journalism, takes an interest in caring for younger kids, and enjoys spending time with friends.  Q: What do you like to do  outside of school?  ...

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Ahmad Pierce

Ahmad Pierce, an inspiring individual looking to have a successful life post-college and Journalism is gonna help him achieve his goal.  Q: What is something that is unique about you? A: I am talented in everything I touch in...

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Liam Hosey

Liam Hosey, an-up-and coming journalist for Hall Record, is excited to experience working with a team to inform the public. He wants to write investigative stories and reviews of popular media. Why did you take journalism? I first t...

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Michael Travers

Michael Travers, 17, understands that hard work is necessary for students to reach their dreams. He is not just your average student that will let his time in high school blow by without proving that he has what it takes to ac...

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Austin Chan

Austin Chan, 17, is one of the latest seniors keen to become a journalist at Hall High School. In this interview, we have the opportunity to take a deeper dive into what Austin plans on doing with his newfound ability; as well a...

Nora Hanlon pole vaulting
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Nora Hanlon

Nora Hanlon, 17,  is a talented individual who is ready to inform the readers of the Hall Record.  Q: What are your hobbies? A: I enjoy playing volleyball, I'm on the hall volleyball team, and I'm a pole vaulter on the indoor...

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Romy Cowan

Incoming Senior Romy Cowan is determined to get a more profound knowledge of the media and what goes on around the community, which is why he decided to take Journalism at Hall High School. Q: What are some of your interests? A:...

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Jackson Shaughnessy

Jackson Shaughnessy, 17, is an active member of the school community because he enjoys participating in: indoor and outdoor track, mock trial, as well as becoming a journalist for the school. Q: If you were to have people know...

Elle Fingold
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Elle Fingold

Elle Fingold, 17, is striving to become a nurse because of her long lasting passion for helping others. Her journey to reach that goal has been inspiring. When she heard journalism was an option, she knew it would be perfect fo...

Makyle Ramos Playing Basketball
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Makyle Ramos

Makyle Ramos, up and coming journalist for Hall Record, plans to write stories addressing sports stories around the world, offering the latest stories from the perspective of a student athlete. What extracurricular activiti...

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Dominick DellaFera
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Dominick DellaFera

Dom DellaFera, a 17-year-old senior who has been looking forward to Journalism due to his love of writing and reading, and outside of school loves be active while hanging with his friends.  Q: Where did you grow up? A: I Grew up in...

Alex Gopaul
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Alex Gopaul

Alex Gopaul, aspiring musician, has goals just like the rest of us. The only difference is, he will accomplish them. By taking journalism at age 17, that process will certainly speed up. Q: Why are you taking Journalism?  A: I...

Toby sitting in the Hallway
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Tobias Ruffo

Toby Ruffo, 17, an inspiring individual that others look up to and a student athlete that has accomplished many different accomplishments in his career so far. I was able to talk and get a different view with the young individual ...

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Grace Druckenmiller

Senior Grace Druckenmiller took journalism to discover the stories hiding in our community and share them with the public. She knows the importance of  journalism and is excited to use it to bring our community closer together. Q:...

Nicole Deslauriers
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Nicole Deslauriers

Nicole Deslauriers, one of the varsity soccer captains at Hall High, has been eager to challenge herself in the realm of journalism, hoping to publish many articles on the Hall Record.  Q1: What would you say your greatest attribute is...

Matt Farber while playing in a football game
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Matt Farber

Matt Farber, age 17, has been heavily influenced by his parents when it comes to his everyday life. As a student athlete, playing varsity football and lacrosse, Matt is enthusiastic about exploring the benefits of journalism. ...

Clara Sorkin
News Section Editor

Clara Sorkin

Clara Sorkin is an avid writer and journalist. She loves reporting on current events and topics that Hall students can relate to.  When she's not writing , she's with friends, shopping, or baking. Being a member of the Hall Highlights...

Monica Wheeler
Arts and Culture Section Editor

Monica Wheeler

Monica Wheeler has been the Arts and Culture section editor since tenth grade.  She enjoys spreading awareness by writing on topics of social justice issues.  She also has a passion for film and media which led her to apply...

Ashley Ho
Assistant Editor-in-Chief of HallRecords

Ashley Ho

Ashley has been a part of Hall Highlights since her freshman year. She is now an senior and Assistant Editor-in-Chief of HallRecord. Taking a page from her sister's book, she decided to join because writing is something she enjoys....

Baylee Krulewitz
Editorial Section Editor

Baylee Krulewitz

Baylee Krulewitz is a Hall student who's very passionate about all things words! When she's not writing, you can find her hanging out with friends or shopping. She also considers herself an avid foodie. She can't wait to explore...

Emma Kingwell
Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Hall Highlights

Emma Kingwell

Emma Kingwell has been writing for Hall Highlights since ninth grade and although writing is the subject in which she is least comfortable, she always seeks to improve on it. She decided to become involved in journalism because...

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