Hamden Hall Country Day School

Educating students in PreSchool through Grade 12
< 2019


  • January

    Dylan, left, and Matt Kramer.

    Alumni Achievers!

    Jodi Amatulli
    Thanks to the Kramer Brothers, Dylan, Class of 2008, and Matt, Class of 2010, for speaking at the Upper School Assembly on Jan. 4 at our annual Young Alumni Event. 
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  • Ross Douthat 1998 Speaks at Fairfield University

    Jodi Amatulli
    Ross Douthat, Class of 1998, will speak at Fairfield University on Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
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  • Hornets Beat Marianapolis

            Boys Varsity Basketball (12-1) got a huge road victory over Marianapolis 68-67. The first half was a back and forth affair as the teams traded three pointers. and the Hornets went into the lockerroom with a 41-35 lead. They extended their lead to 13 at one point before the Knights made a final charge. The game came down to a last second shot that was blocked by the Hornets to seal the win. Junior Jackson Benigni led all scorers with 26 points. Tre Breland and Christian Adams each contributed 16 points and were extremely active at both ends of the court. Tim Dawson was the floor general and defended the Knights' best player all game. From Coach Doherty -“I thought we played a solid game against a very well coached team that played hard. We came up with big plays when we needed to all game all the way down to the last second defensive stop to seal the win.” 

            The Hornets take a break for semester exams, and then return to action on the 22nd at home vs St. Luke’s.
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  • Strong Week for Swimmers

    Bud Kohler
            The Boys and Girls Swim teams enjoyed a solid week in their first action since the return from break. On Wednesday at the Beckerman Center, they defeated Canterbury School and Westover 182-177-86 in an exciting meet. The Boys battled to a 90-90 tie with the New England champs. The Saints took their share of first place finishes, but the Hornets' depth enabled them to match Canterbury throughout the meet. The Girls squad edged Westover 97-96, with Canterbury coming in 3rd with 67 points. Middle Schoolers Bella Ferneini and Ila Suindstrom earned key points for the Hornets.

    Boys Scoring Highlights:
    200 Medley Relay: 1st - Duncan Farquharson, Michael Ferneini, Steven Zhang, Joe Tenedine
    200 Free: 1st Sam Lovejoy; 4th Demir Uslu
    200 IM - 2nd Ferneini, 4th John Bazaar; 5th Josh Tenedine
    50 Free: 2nd Joe T.; 3rd Ronnie Khanuja; 4th Spencer McCleery
    100 Fly: 2nd Farquharson; 3rd Zhang; 4th Liam Kohler 
    100 Free: 2nd Joe T.; 4th McCleery; 5th Khanuja
    500 Free: 1st Lovejoy; 3rd Uslu; 5th Bazaar
    200 Free Relay 2nd Khanuja, Zhang, Lovejoy, Joe T.  4th Nathan Thomas, McCleery, Josh T., Uslu   
                             5th Connor Blackwood, Leon Huang, Josh Mukherjee, Dan DeGirolomo
    100 Back: 1st Farquharson, 3rd Evan Huang, 5th Kohler
    100 Breast: 1st Ferneini, 2nd Zhang, 5th Josh T.
    400 Free Relay: 2nd Lovejoy, Uslu, Farquharson, Ferneini   4th Khanuja, Bazaar, McCleery, Josh T.

    Girls Scoring Highlights:
    200 Medley Relay: 2nd Maddy Malin, Sinead Masterson, Ila Sundstrom, Liv Caldarella
    200 Free: 1st Bella Ferneini, 2nd Julia Pandolfi
    200 IM: 2nd Sundstrom, 4th Masterson
    50 Free: 3rd Caldarella
    100 Fly: 3rd Sundstrom
    100 Free: 1st Caldarella, 2nd Malin
    500 Free: 1st Ferneini
    200 Free Relay: 2nd Malin, Pandolfi, Gaileen Andal, Ferneini
    100 Back: 3rd Pandolfi; 4th Malin
    100 Breast: 2nd Masterson
    400 Free Relay: 2nd Caldarella, Masterson, Sundstrom, Ferneini

                 On Saturday, the Hornets hosted another overall victory, with the Boys defeating Christian Heritage 82-46, while Westover won the Girls meet 128.5-61-47.5.
    First Place Finishers:
    Boys 200 Medley Relay; Girls 200 Medley Relay
    200 Free: Michael Ferneini
    200 IM Sam Lovejoy
    50 Free Duncan Farquharson
    100 Fly Ferneini
    100 Free Lovejoy
    500 Free Bella Ferneini; Farquharson

            Congrats to Coach Ken Pierson and all the swimmers.

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  • Wrestlers Win "Snow Brawl" Tournament!

    Bud Kohler
            The Varsity Wrestling team has been sweeping the mat with the competition. On Saturday, the Hornets shoveled the competition away when they participated in the Snow Brawl Tournament hosted by Williston-Northampton School. The tournament boasted serious programs including Canterbury, Wilbraham & Monson, St. Paul's from New Hampshire, and Worcester Academy. Not only did the Hornets take home the creative trophies, senior Dylan McNamara, the champion at 132 lbs., also earned the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler Award. Six of the eight Hornet wrestlers made it to the final round. Other individual winners were 8th graders Roman Minotti at 106 lbs., Aiden Hebert at 126, Connor Massey at 145, and Wyn Veiga at 152. Klyde Auba took home the silver at 182; Ethan Fuoco earned Bronze at 138, and Gabe Vucelic-Frick took 4th at 160.
            After semester exams, the Hornets will take on further competition when they compete in the Brunswick Invitational. Congrats to Coach Blair Tugman and the team on another outstanding performance.
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  • Alum TJ Linta to Play in the Tropical Bowl

    Bud Kohler
            TJ Linta, HH Class of 2014, continues to extend his football playing career. After graduating from Brown University, where he was a two year starter at quarterback, Linta began his graduate studies at Wagner this fall. At Wagner, Linta started 8 games and threw for 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns. This success has led to him being named to play in the 2019 Tropical Bowl on Sunday at Daytona Beach in Florida. 
            Last night, Linta was featured on the local news where it was reported that virtually every NFL team has taken a look at TJ in advance of the upcoming draft. Who knows what the future will bring, but TJ is optimistic that his football days are far from over. Congratulations to both TJ and Coach Joe Linta, his dad; and good luck on Sunday!
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  • Benoit Wins Max Preps Athlete of the Month Award

    Bud Kohler
            Congratulations to junior football standout Jordan Benoit, who was just recognized as Max Prep's "Semper Fidelis" Athlete of the Month! Jordan was presented with his award at school by both former NY Giants star, Brandon Jacobs, as well as Sgt. Rory O'Connor of the U.S. Marines, who sponsor the award. Jordan was recognized not only for his football excellence, but for his fine character, as well as his outstanding achievements as a national competitor in Tae Kwon Do.
            Click on this link to view a terrific video of Brandon's story on Max Preps.
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  • Elise Parnoff Earns All Area in Field Hockey

    Bud Kohler
            Congratulations to senior Elise Parnoff for being named to the 2018 New Haven Register All Area team. Parnoff was an outstanding goalie for Field Hockey. She anchored a stingy Hornet defense and helped the team earn a record of 7-5-1. Parnoff had already been named to the Western New England All Star squad as well. In her three seasons between the pipes, Elise made an impressive 275 saves. 
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  • Girls & Boys Hoops Sink Vikings

    Bud Kohler
    As the Boys team squared off against the King School at the Beckerman Center, the Girls varsity tapped off against KIng down in Stamford. Both teams enjoyed convincing victories, with the Boys winning 87-60 and the Girls topping the hosts 65-45. In both match-ups, the ball was tapped off at center court, and before you could shout, "Hail Ragnar" (from the Kirk Douglas classic The Vikings, for those of you too young), the Hornets buzzed out to early leads against King's Vikings and never looked back.
            In the Girls game, the Hornets' press and their drive and dish offense helped earn them a 32-24 lead at halftime. They extended the lead to 54-34 with still six minutes left, thanks to a 16-5 blitz. Senior Jenna Behrens and Kelly Thomas dominated the inside game with 11 and 8 points respctively. Eight grade standout, Jayda Johnson, led the Hornets with 19 points, while Shannon Rhone added another 10, including two baskets from the 3 point arc. First year coach Amanda Russo was very pleased with the effort and the chance to get all 11 players into the game, with Kendra Hill scoring 6, Destinee Gabriel 4, Madiyn D'Errico 3, and Alex Blaise and Ellie Moffat 2. Despite injuries to several key starters, the Hornets have posted a 6-5 record thus far. They are back in action at home on Saturday against Watkinson.
            Back in Hamden, the Boys got back on track, recovering from their only setback of the season, while squelching any thoughts the visitors had of keeping the battle close. Like the Girls, the Boys also applied heavy pressure from one end of the court to the other to build their 41-28 halftime lead. Jackson Benigni had the hot hand all game and led all scorers with 30 points, draining 7 trifectas!  Ignoring his individual stats, Jackson commented, “It was great to get a win tonight after a tough loss Sunday. Everyone played their role tonight, and we saw what we can do when everyone plays together. Can’t wait to play again." Coach Sean Doherty added, “I thought our top group came into tonight’s game extremely focused on the task at hand. They built a huge lead from defense and some hot shooting!” Seniors Tre Breland and Christian Adams added 15 apiece. Junior Chris Cahill had 12, including 3 threes; Tony Zhou added 6, and Tim Dawson and Jahkai Pettway had 3 each. The Hornets are right back at it Wednesday vs Gunnery 4:30, whom they had already beaten earlier in the year. 

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  • Jenn Highsmith Brooks 1999 Welcomes Twins

    Jodi Amatulli
    Jenn Highsmith Brooks, Class of 1999, and her husband, Larry, welcomed twin girls, Felicity and Mariah, on January 2, 2018.
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  • Tricia Richardi Vaillancourt 2007 Welcomes First Baby

    Jodi Amatulli
    Tricia Richardi Vaillancourt, Class of 2007, and her husband, Jeff, welcomed their first baby daughter into the world on Aug. 16, 2018
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  • Lewis in the 1943 Yearbook

    Lewis Rashmir 1943 Recalls His Journey

    Jodi Amatulli
    We were happy to update news from Lewis Rashmir, Class of 1943, in the 2018 Hamden Hall Magazine, where he said it has been “a long journey” since his graduation under the pines.
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  • Boys Hoops Suffers First Loss vs. Canterbury

    Bud Kohler
            After going undefeated heading into the winter break, the high flying Hornets finally came back down to earth when they were defeated by Canterbury School 75-65 on Sunday. After a three week hiatus, the Hornets were understandably a bit inconsistent, though they managed to go into the lockerroom at halftime with a three point lead. However, the Hornets came out flat in the second half, and the three point shots, normally a strength in the team arsenal, just didn’t find the net throughout the rest of the game. The Hornets were led by Bryon Breland's 21 points. “We played a tough team today who took advantage of our poor shooting, and our defense which is usually there for us, just didn’t show up in the second half," said Coach Doherty in his post-game analysis. Though it was a non-league setback, the loss was still frustrating as it had been the visiting Saints who eliminated HH in the New England Tournament last year.

            The Hornets  ( 9-1) are back in action at home, first on Tuesday vs. King, and then again Wednesday when they face off against Gunnery; both games are at 4:30. The team would love to get some great student support for these home games !
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  • Joan Kelly Burket 1944

    Hamden Hall alum Joan Kelly Burket, Class of 1944, died on March 12, 2018. 

    Hamden Hall sends condolences to the Burket family. 

    To read Joan's obituary, please click here.
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  • Louis J. Sirico Jr., Class of 1963

    Class of 1963 alum Louis J. Sirico Jr. died on December 26, 2018. Hamden Hall extends sincere condolences to the Sirico Family.

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