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Congratulations to Marisa Marinos, 12th grade student in Ms. Hennessey's Advanced Digital Art class. She is one of eleven finalists in the 2021 National Poetry Month Poster Competition. Please head to the Poet's.org website to see her and the other finalists' beautiful work.
Congratulations also go to Julia Lawrence-Riddell and Owen Schwartz, both recipients of the 2021 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards! Their pieces will be exhibited in a virtual Art Award Exhibit, with dates still to be determined. Stayed tuned!
- OCD Repeat After Me Mixed Media, Julia Lawrence-Ridell
- Gender Printmaking, Owen Schwartz
- Queer Isolation Mixed Media, Owen Schwartz
Teacher: Leslie Della Valle
More Congratulations to Jeffrey Ahn (10th grade) clarinet -- two-time Southern Regional, and Abby Cole (12th grade) trumpet -- two-time Southern Regional / All-State.
Both students recorded a prepared piece and scales and scored at least 252 of 270 points on their VIRTUAL auditions. These scores put them in the orchestra which only accepts ONE student per wind part...no doubling. They are two gifts among many in the HHS music program. We wish them well on their CMEA All-State audition coming up in February!
Zamir Edwards - 9th Grade
In a time of teachers bending over backwards to engage their students, Zamir Edwards always participates in every lesson. He knows how to take space and make space for others. It is common for Zamir to say, "to add to what so-and-so was saying..." Knowing his kind, effortless, gregarious nature, he was paired with a shy classmate as his book club partner. Zamir worked tirelessly each day to better engage this young man and help bring him out of his shell. Zamir’s written work is always sophisticated and detailed. I am grateful to have this wonderful young man in my class.
Shakira Negron - 9th Grade
Shakira Negron has not only been working hard and earning very high grades, but she takes pride in her work and always completes it to the best of her ability. She is a wonderfully kind, pleasant, and outgoing young lady, who always greets her teachers whether it's in person or on Zoom. She brightens her classes, as she's always willing to participate, and she's been very understanding with her teachers when they've made mistakes. She is very mature, kind, and an absolute pleasure to have in class.
HHS proudly celebrates Abigail Cole and Tiatianna Jones, our October Superintendent Students of the Month!
Abigail Cole is a senior and honor roll student whose teachers applaud her independence, open mindedness and hard work. Junior year, she was a member of our Tri-M Music Honor Society Council, a two-year member of the volleyball team, a junior drum major in our marching band and served as President of the HHS Ski & Board Club. Now, Abigail conducts the HHS marching band. She performs in our jazz big band, jazz combo, pit orchestra, brass ensemble, concert band, and local music school (NMS) ensembles. After high school, Abigail is committed to becoming a music teacher.
Tiatianna Jones is a well-rounded and respected senior. She is an honor roll student, captain of the soccer team and a member of the indoor/outdoor track team. She was named 2018 Girls Soccer All-SCC honoree and 2019-2020 All-SCC honoree for Girls Track. Her leadership is demonstrated both on and off the field. Her teachers report that she always completes her work, has a great attitude, and is a critical thinker. She has been accepted to Eastern Kentucky University.
Jack Gaffney, a sophomore at Hamden High, recently achieved High Honors for an exemplary performance in a rigorous program of study during the first marking period, despite the demands of being a student-athlete within the HECA program.
His teachers say that Jack works hard and is motivated to produce top quality work. He’s a positive presence around peers and teachers alike, even virtually. Perhaps one of his most impressive attributes is his ability to question the norm and think outside of the box.
During a time when many people are struggling to cope during a pandemic, Jack has regularly demonstrated a positive attitude. Jack consistently participates in classes, helps drive class discussions and is well-respected by his peers. Jack has an incredibly bright future ahead of him.
Hamden High School is excited to recognize Tamyra Russell as December’s Superintendent’s Student of the Month. Despite the many challenges that school poses during the pandemic, Tamyra excels on every level. A junior at HHS, Tamyra recently achieved High Honors for the first marking period and is off to a strong start to the second marking period with all A’s in her classes.
Her teachers call Tamyra a model student who brightens the virtual classroom everyday by being the first one on the Zoom. They look forward to her cheerful greetings and her contributions to class. Tamyra is a wonderful young lady who exemplifies for peers what it means to be a motivated and conscientious student with an outstanding work ethic. She takes responsibility for her learning and is consistently striving to reach her full potential. It is an absolute pleasure to work with Tamyra!
Hamden's award-winning DECA program is at it again! DECA students Sircia Levitt, Amanda Dowgiewicz, and Alivia Vivenzio founded Purses for a Purpose CT, a charitable organization that is "Lending a Helping Hand(bag)" to people in need. The mission of Purses for a Purpose CT is to empower homeless women in our community by providing them with everyday essentials, while at the same time raising awareness about the growing crisis of homelessness. To help them reach their goals and for more information please visit their website: Purses for a Purpose.
Ms. Kim Washington works with students from Mr. Sridhar's class to collect and organize donations from various local non-profit organizations to give to homeless teenagers.