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2020-2021 Staff

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Teacher

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...

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Editor-in-Chief of Hall Highlights

Jessica Berman

Jessica is an enthusiastic, curious, and driven individual, who will contribute greatly to HallRecord this semester. She acknowledges flaws within modern media, specifically “fake news,” and hopes to become a credible sou...

Meredith Swanson
Asst. Editor-in-Chief- Hall Highlights

Meredith Swanson

Meredith Swanson is a curious 17-year-old who is constantly trying new things, which has led to her leading a fast-paced, busy, but fun life. While most of her time is taken up by rowing, she dedicates time to singing, writing,...

Charles Wang
News Section Editor-in-Chief of Hall Highlights

Charles Wang

In this interview, we learn more about Charles Wang, an experienced journalist at Hall who wants to continue using his skills to help others in the world.  Q: What inspires you? A: I’m inspired by experiences, without a doub...

Drew Currier

Drew Currier

Drew Hale Currier: a name with a celebrity-like ring to it. Coincidentally, it belongs to a local celebrity and international-level athlete. But there’s more to this profound, worldly young man. Q: Where are you from? A: Well, I was bor...

Max Rodman
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Max Rodman

Max Rodman, is a Hall high senior and three  season Athlete. He plans to go to college in Arizona with high hopes of becoming a full time fitness  influencer. Alsol, he’s recently been sponsored by a body building company whic...

Josh Castro
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Josh Castro

Josh Castro is a student athlete at Hall High School who hopes to study medicine after graduation. He aspires to become a better writer in a way to improve his communication skills. Q: What is something interesting you can sha...

Emma Rogorzenski
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Emma Rogorzenski

Emma Rogorzenski, soon to be a Hall graduate, expresses enthusiasm throughout telling who she is and what she plans to do; in terms of finishing her high school career!   Q: What is one word you would use to describ...

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Ethan Obisesan

Ethan is a student at Hall High School who is taking Journalism this semester. He is excited to write about sports, especially football as well as other topics. Q: If you had to live in one place for the rest of your life, wh...

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Sam Waterman

Sam, a journalism student, talks about why he is interested in journalism. Q: Hello Sam. What made you take this class? A: I took this class because I heard about when all the teachers were talking about it, and it seemed t...

Jamila Yaye
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Jamila Yaye

Djamila is a young woman seeking her place in society. She channels her positivity through her consistent and frank ideals while holding a steadfast belief in hard work. Q:What are some of your hobbies? Some of my hobbies are that I enjoy...

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James Rozario

James Rozario is a senior at Hall High school who has big dreams and big idea’s that could potentially change the way we use technology today. Q: What are some of your interests. A: I like cars [specifically Trucks], o...

Jessica Anziano
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Jessica Anziano

Jessica Anziano is a senior journalist at Hall Hight School. While she's not learning about Spanish culture, calculus, African American History, and more in the school, she enjoys playing sports, relaxing, and hanging out with...

Jamie Cowan
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Jamie Cowan

Evan Jones, 18, is a senior at Hall High School. He plans to attend College of the Holy Cross in the fall as a part of their prestigious soccer program. Q) How would you describe yourself? A) I would say I am a very hardwor...

Yash Ter
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Yash Ter

Yash Ter is a Senior at Hall High School who believes journalism is very important in everyday life and is going to take journalism with him in his future He is very positive and a creative person who seeks for new things and...

Commitment
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Kobe Dominguez

Kobe Dominguez, 18, is a student athlete at Hall High School planning to swim and study at Southern Connecticut State University. Q: How would you describe yourself? A: I am Hardworking and Laid back.  Q: What are your hobbies...

Julian Han
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Julian Han

Julian Mandalay Han is a Senior at Hall High School who strives to get a deeper understanding of our society's mechanics. Q.) Where are you from? A.) I was born in Hartford Hospital, but my family's from Myanmar or Burma....

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Chase Gengras

Chase Gengras shares not only her greatest passions and plans, but also her newly sparked interest in Journalism. She recounts her favorite qualities about herself, her ardor for animals,  and so much more. Q: What’s the one w...

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James Nascimento

James Nascimento is a senior at Hall High School who is deeply intrigued by the field of Marine Biology and is currently involved with The Coral Project at Hall High School   Is there someone you look up to? Other...

Jennifer Carlos-Mayen
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Jennifer Carlos-Mayen

Jennifer Carlos-Mayen a senior at Hall High School who wants to make her parents proud. She is a very determined person who can carry that into this journalism class. She wants to make her parents proud by attending a good colle...

Alex Torino
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Alex Torino

Alex Torino, 18,  is a senior at Hall High School who's lived in West Hartford all his life. He plans to go to college and learn about computer science to one day do a co-op for a big computer science company. Q: What hobb...

Evan Jones
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Evan Jones

Evan Jones, 18, is a senior at Hall High School. He plans to attend College of the Holy Cross in the fall as a part of their prestigious soccer program.   Q: What would you say is your best achievement from your time at...

James Lynch
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James Lynch

James Lynch is senior at hall with a passion for hockey and learning. He’s eager to expand his journalism skills and put them to the test. He’s very excited to write for the Hall Record! Q) How would you describe yourself? A)...

Abraham Ruelas
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Abraham Ruelas

Abe Ruelas, 18, a senior student athlete at Hall High School, who plans on majoring in International Business, hopes to use his journalism skills for future interviews.   Q: Why are you taking Journalism? A: “I'm ta...

Jessica Johanson
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Jessica Johanson

Jessica Johanson, 17, is a senior at Hall High School and is a competitive gymnast. She plans to attend Penn State, and she is prepared to use the skills learned from journalism later in life.   Q: Who is in your family? A: I have my mom and...

Julia Tran
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Julia Tran

Julia Tran, a Hall High School senior, is on her path of discovering what she truly loves to do. On this journey, she is excited to write articles for the Hall Record, hear opinions from the community around her, and as well as del...

Matthew Glassman
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Matthew Glassman

Matt Glassman, 18, is a senior at Hall High School, and is eager to learn from his experiences and use his journalism skills later in life.  He plans to attend Roger Williams University after high school and play tennis there. ...

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Chris Dowd

Chris Dowd, 17, is a student athlete at Hall High school in West Hartford, Connecticut.   Q: What interests you about Journalism? A: I want to be able to strengthen my writing skills.   Q: Have you done...

Ethan Schuck
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Ethan Schuck

Ethan is a driven senior at Hall high school, he is looking forward to improving his reporting throughout the course and has many topics he is interesting in writing about. Q) Why did you take this particular course?  A) Journalism i...

A picture of Ananya, a senior at Hall High School.
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Ananya Radhakrishnan

Alongside her friends, new Hall Record editor Ananya Radhakrishnan is the pillar to Hall’s Asian-American community and its multicultural experience. She’s eager to explore the local community that affects her as well as the commu...

David Zhou
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David Zhou

David Zhou is a 17 year old senior constantly looking to expand his knowledge while using journalism to better learn a sense of involvement with the community.       Q: What are some of your hobbies?       A: I love...

Chris Liddell
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Chris Liddell

Chris Liddell, student of Hall High, sat with me today to talk about what journalism has to offer for future students who should take the class. Q:Do you play any sports? A:I swim and I do track. - Q:What would be your favorite s...

Gabriella Mangini
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Gabriella Mangini

Gabby is an energetic 17-year-old, goalie for the Hall Soccer team, who is motivated by her parents and grandparents to be her best on and off the field. Q: Why did you decide to take Journalism? Do you think it will benefit...

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Henry Hyland

Henry Hyland, 18, is a senior this year at Hall high school. Although writing isn’t a more prominent skill of his, he wishes to improve upon it and inform others about topics he finds interesting.  Q: What do you do outside of school? Do you have ...

Jeffrey Kuang
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Jeffrey Kuang

Jeffrey Kuang is very excited to develop his journalism skills to express ideas and better explore the truth and use it more in the world of media and news. Q1: What are you most excited about this class? A: I'm really excited...

Paige Ort
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Paige Ort

Paige Ort, 17, is a senior at Hall High School. She is an aspiring Special Education teacher and hopes to use her newfound journalism knowledge throughout her life.   Q: What do you like to do outside of school? A: I really enjo...

Hannah Buckley
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Hannah Buckley

Hannah is a friendly student at Hall High School.  Not only is she a good student, but a good person as well.  She is a senior and is also very eager to take journalism. One of her many passions is American Sign Language. &...

Jack Cote
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Jack Cote

Jack is an enthusiastic and determined senior in high school who is ambitious to pursue a career in journalism.  What do you like to do in your free time? I love to workout, play basketball, and play football with my fr...

Binod Joshi
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Binod Joshi

Binod Joshi, a 17 year old senior, plans to spend the semester writing about current events and using journalism to further his understanding of the world. Excited for graduation, Binod enjoys listening to Maroon 5 and spending time w...

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Brendan Canarie

Brendan Canarie, a 17 year old student at Hall High School is looking to expand his horizons. Q: Where you from Brendan? A: I was born in Springfield and then I moved to New Haven, and I lived there for a few years and then ...

Jennifer Zheng
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Jennifer Zheng

Jennifer, 18, is a Senior at Hall High. She is very excited about contributing to the Hall Record and hopes to bring interesting reads to the Hall population over the coming semester. Q1: Is journalism something that kind of ...

Sophie Miller
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Sophie Miller

  Sophie Miller is student who's passionate about writing. She wants to further her education in writing in college, and loves sharing her ideas with others.  She's very passionate about keeping the earth green and pro...

Zac Millman
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Zac Millman

Purple hair Zac, 17, sat down with me a few doors from the Journalism class for  a quick interview. He talked about his interests and his thoughts on journalism. Q: What is your favorite class(s) and why? A: I really like...

Oliver Woodward
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Oliver Woodward

Oliver, a huge sports fan, talks about what he's excited for in journalism this year. Q: How would you describe yourself in one word? A: I would say hardworking would be the word I would describe myself as. I take pride in my w...

Allison Doyle
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Allison Doyle

Motivated, smart, and positive, Allison is interested in bringing her passion for sports and science to the Hall Record. She hopes to use her previous experience with sports journalism and enthusiasm towards learning to contribute ...

Aran Brancato
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Aran Brancato

Aran Brancato is a senior at Hall High School who plans to write about and expose political and social issues for Hall Record! Aran is excited to write articles that are relevant and significant to the world this semester in J...

Oscar Sosa III
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Oscar Sosa III

Oscar, 17, a football fan who is proud of his cuban heritage shares personal aspects of himself and writing. Q: Why did you take journalism? A: I needed to take an english class along with creative writing and I thought this class w...

Lisa Hoàng
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Lisa Hoàng

Lisa Hoang is a senior at Hall High School. Lisa is interesting in improving her writing skills and exploring deeper in the world of journalism.   “first question, why did you take journalism?” “I wanted to...

Da'Jaun Banks
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Da’Jaun Banks

Da'Jaun, a motivated and outgoing student at Hall, shares his excitement for journalism this year.   Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time? A: Typically, I tend to play sports and at times video games. Tryin...

Ella Madrak
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Ella Madrak

Ella Madrak is a dedicated high school musician who wants to use her journalism skills in the future to spread the truth. Q: Who or what inspires you the most in your life?  A: My whole family is very musical so I've gro...

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Benjamin Levine

I - Who are you? B- I’m Ben Levine. I- Why are you here today? B- I’m here because I’m taking journalism  I- How old are you? B- I’m 17 I- When is your birthday? B- January 20th I- Where were ...

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Azayah Armstrong

I wanted to interview AJ because I've had a class with him before but never talked with him. He seems like he has some of the same similarities. Q:  Who are you? My name is Azayah but people call me AJ because it's easie...

Hall versus Conard, last game of the 19-20 season, see Matt Walker scoring.
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Matt Walker

Q: How would you like to present yourself? A: How I would present myself is Matt Walker. That's my name. I get my last name from my dad, my family. I definitely want to represent that. They've obviously had a huge impact on my life...

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Kate Whalley

This is Kate Whalley. In this interview, she talks about what made her want to take journalism and what influenced her to become more interested in the news.   Q: What made you decide that you wanted to take journalism? A: ...

Tessa Hughes doing science!
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Tessa Hughes

Tessa Hughes, an aspiring music journalist, is a Hall High Senior and editor of the Hall Record. She’s inspired by her dad as well as music. A “ I've always been interested in journalism, and I used to want to be a music...

Ignat Chubarev
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Ignat Chubarev

Ignat is a student at Hall High School, and this is his interview for HallRecord. Q) What is your name and age? A) My name is Ignat, and I am 17 years old. Q) What is your current occupation? A) Right now my occupation...

Ben Chern @ Elizabeth Park
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Benjamin Chern

I. Who are you? Please write your name. B. My name is Ben. I was named Ben because it is a Jewish name. I.  What do you like to do? Tell about your hobbies, interests, favorite shows, and explain why you like it. B. I ...

Patrick in the Park
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Patrick Sullivan

Interviewing Patrick Sullivan on his future life, Journalism, and his school life    Q:  What year did you have the most fun in school? A: “Sophomore year, because there was no stress about colleges or anything, I was...

Luke Duzan
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Luke Duzan

Luke Duzan is currently a senior journalism student at Hall high school. Luke plays lacrosse, football and rec basketball and is excited to join Hall records. Q: What's your full name?                                                                                                  A: Luke Brod...

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Adolfo Chacon

Adolfo Chacon is a senior at Hall High School who is excited to join HallRecord this year.   Q: Why did you decide to take Journalism this year?  A: I thought it would be good to get my writing skills and knowledge abo...

This picture is me in my backyard smiling for the camera on an average summer day.
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Steve Nwachukwu

Steve Nwachukwu,17, is a high school senior in a small town in Connecticut. He talks about his current interests and future aspirations. Q: Why did you decide to take journalism?  A: I decided to take this class becaus...

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Isaiah Meyer

Isaiah Meyer is taking Journalism at Hall as a 17 year old Senior in the class of 2021. He has decided to write for Hall Record because he writes well and is interested in Journalism. Q: What’s your name? A: Isaiah Meyer ...

California Dreaming!
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Joseph Fineboy

I decided to interview Joseph because he sat right next to me in class, and I had never talked to him before, and I was also curious as to why he decided to take this class. Q- Who are you, what makes you, you [defining qualities]? A-...

Michael Neff
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Michael Neff

Michael Neff is an aspiring journalist who has many positive thoughts on pop culture and what he can use his skills of journalism to help him with later on in his future when going to become a computer scientist. Michael has a very o...

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Sharon Yang

Sharon Yang, a senior at Hall High School, discusses her passion for either being an artist or potentially being in the field of computer science. She proceeds to explain the importance of journalism and what about journalism drew her int...

Lola with an army helmet on
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Lola Smith

 Lola Smith is a 17 year old senior at hall high school who is very passionate about lacrosse and has been playing since a young age. She further explains that she has many inspirations but the one that is closest to her hear...

Maggie Monnes
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Maggie Monnes

Meet Maggie Monnes, a 17 year old disability rights activist and budding journalist. Q: Why did you take journalism? A: My brother took it, and it inspired him to major in journalism. He encouraged me to take it because ...

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Emily Martin

Take a look into the life of Emily Martin: 17 year old tennis player, foster care advocate, and aspiring journalist. Q: Who do you look up to the most? A: Serena Williams, fantastic athlete. Q: Any specific reason? A: I...

Trying to take a picture by myself.
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Nicolai Roseen

Kate Whalley sat down with Nicolai Roseen to discuss what will inform his reporting this year.  How do you feel about the way school is set up this year?  N: Last semester, it was pretty boring since it usually was just webcams and not ev...

Anthony Portal drinking gatorade
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Anthony Portal

Anthony Portal is a striving electrician who is looking to delve into the world of journalism. With questions about his goals, inspirations and aspirations, we learn about who Anthony really is and why he is becoming a journa...

I'm taking a selfie
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Santi Vasquez

Santi Vasquez sharing his thoughts about journalism, his role models, and where he would love to report.    Q: If you had to report in one place in the world, where would you go? A: “I think I would go to Paris...

In this picture I'm at football conditioning doing a drill.
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Divine Edwards Jr

Divine Edwards Jr is a Hall High senior and editor of the Hall Record. He is an accomplished football player and aspiring chiropractor/physical therapist. He is interested in politics and issues facing black lives in America. If you could writ...

Drew playing soccer in 2019 vs Souuthington
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Drew Seguro

Drew Seguro is a 17 year old Hall High School senior that's the captain of the Hall soccer team and is involved in the FSA club soccer team outside from school. When interviewing Drew about when he was interested in soccer he ...

Colin Monnes
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Colin Monnes

Seventeen year old aspiring journalist Colin Monnes of West Hartford discusses the importance of sports in his life and worries that COVID will end up taking his senior soccer season. Q: Why are you taking Journalism? A: Beca...

Eden Raviv
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Eden Raviv

Eden Raviv, a student at Hall High School, gives a little peek into her personal life and explains why she decided to take journalism this year. Q: Who are you? A: I’m Eden Raviv. I’m 17 years old.  Q: When is y...

Isaac skydiving over the beaches in Israel.
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Isaac Levine

Q What’s your name? A. Isaac Levine Q. How old are you? A. 17 Q Where do you see yourself in 5 years? A. In 5 years I will be graduating college most likely, Don’t know exactly what i will be majoring in, but hopefully...

Teddy Gianoulis
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Teddy Gianoulis

Teddy Gianoulis is a young journalist ready to talk and learn about journalism, you will learn about his personality and thoughts throughout the interview and will show you what he is interested in about journalism and just what...

Beau Adams hi-fives his teammates during a game.
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Beau Adams

Beau Adams, 17, is a senior at hall high school. Journalism has become one of his many interests and he hopes to learn more about it this year with Ms.Fransen. Q; When did you realize you were interested in journalism? A:...

Puppy and flowers photoshoot.
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Nicole Glisson

This interview delves into the life of Nicole Glisson. This is a complex life filled with crocheting, STEM classes, and embracing your femininity. And at the center of it stands a true individual who never fails to care for oth...

Zach wades in the ocean of Quintana Roo, Mexico in 2018.
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Zachary Berkowitz

Zachary Berkowitz is a senior at Hall High School and a devoted tennis player. Looking to make his mark in improving his school through the journalism of Hall Record, Zach wants to bring new stories to the public's eyes to bring...

One of my visits to the area I grew up in: upstate New York
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Hannah Karim

This interview dives into Hannah’s values, interests, and care for others. Hannah also talks about her past accomplishments and future goals. Q: Do you have any activities you’re involved in that are important to you? ...

Photo taken at a Hall/Southington High School hockey game.
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Noah Behrens-Gould

Editor Noah Behrens-Gould, a seventeen-year-old senior who lives in West Hartford, is an avid mountain biker and hockey goalie who is thrilled to write for the Hall Record.   Q: What is your favorite animal? Why? ...

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Ryan Gothers

Ryan Gothers is a young journalist, excited to learn about a variety of things in his future. Through different questions, you will learn about himself and his opinions on journalism. q - What’s your favorite activity that ...

This image shows Sam Bastos leaning on a car
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Samuel Bastos

Sam Bastos is a 17 year old aspiring journalist who is very interested in what being a journalist is all about. Through asking about his biggest influences and his future plans, we learn how he hopes to incorporate journalism...

Wil Brunjes
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Wil Brunjes

Wil Brunjes is not only a 17 year-old student born on November 27th, 2002 and raised in West Hartford attending Hall High, but also an aspiring journalist interested in the studies of current events, and how our daily news is...

Hunter Keena
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Hunter Keena

Hunter is a 16 old senior who is taking journalism at Hall High and is graduating in 2021. This is the interview with Hunter. Q1. Where are you from    A1. I lived in West Hartford basically my whole life. I lived in...

Picnic at Elizabeth's park
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Maya Ellavsky

Maya Ellavsky recounts her passions, provides authentic insight on her distinctive qualities, references and credits her literature icon, shares her feelings towards her new found interest in journalism, and much more. (Q): ...

Dinner at Division West on a summer night.
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Victoria Boustani

Victoria Boustani discusses her path towards journalism and her passion for media studies. She examines her interests in social issues and recounts the book that lead her to a spiritual awakening. Q1: Why did you decide to...

Jalen Kane
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Jalen Kane

Jalen is a senior at Hall High School who enjoys journalism and sports. Q1: Have you grown up in West Hartford your whole life? A1: No I grew up in Hartford before I moved to west Hartford in a village near University of Hartfo...

I am playing in a fall baseball game
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Cayden Goldberg

Cayden Goldberg is a very creative young man who loves to play basketball, baseball, and work as well as hopefully getting into Sports Marketing in college. However journalism has opened up his possibilities as it sounds to b...

Jake Mathieu Beaudoin
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Jake Mathieu Beaudoin

It was a quiet Saturday afternoon when I got the call, Jake Mathieu Beaudoin was taking journalism and I just had to know why. Q- What is your name A- Jake Mathieu Beaudoin Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? ...

Jackie being steezy as always.
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Jacqueline Bonee

Jackie Bonee was born October 9th, 2003, at Hartford Hospital. She is currently a senior at Hall High School. Her interests include hiking, nature, and really just getting in touch with her inner self. Her relatives are from Italy,...

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Gabriella Rego

Gabby Rego, a senior from Hall High School, expresses the thought that the experience of journalism is what made her take this course. She proceeds to discuss that her dream job is being a psychiatric nurse with the intent of helpin...

A photo of Emily and her dog, Nanook.
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Emily Kruczek

Emily Kruczek is a marvel 18 year old senior at Hall high school, born and raised in West Hartford Connecticut, who is compassionate about what really matters in her eyes. She believes in hardwork and determination with using...

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Noah LaPlante

Future star screen-writer Noah LaPlante took some time to sit with me, fellow HallRecord staff member Matt Walker, and discuss his past, present, and future career, goals, and idols, and motivation for staying focused! Q: How wo...

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