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Hayley Pokornowski

Hayley Pokornowski, Staff Writer

Hello, my name is Hayley Pokornowski, I’m a senior at Foran High School. For after school activities I participate in cheer, powderpuff and outdoor track. This is my second year taking journalism.

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Memory Lane: Taking a look at Mr. Anthony Vitelli throughout the years working at Joseph A. Foran High School. Photo courtesy: Gathered from Foran Booster Club and Yearbooks.

End of an Era

Mr. Vitelli Retires, Leaving a Legacy of Sport Excellence
Hayley Pokornowski, Staff Writer | May 30, 2024

It’s always a bittersweet feeling when a big role model retires from their role. Mr. Anthony Vitelli’s retirement marks the end of an incredible journey which was filled with many triumphs, challenges, and unforgettable moments. This is a time to look back at the remarkable legacy he leaves behind.  Vitelli...

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Riley Young #14 trying to get closer to the goal with a Hamden player defending him.

Lacrosse Superstars

Capturing the Thrills and Skills of Boys Lacrosse
Hayley Pokornowski, Staff Writer | May 7, 2024

Step onto the lacrosse field and witness the incredible talent and determination of these young male student athletes as they showcase their skills. Looking through the lens of photojournalism, we’ll capture the passion, competitiveness, and the athleticism that defines boys lacrosse.

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Babysitting Time: Grace, Cappie, and Max making grinch popcorn with their babysitter. December 20, 2023.

Babysitting 101

The Ultimate Guide to Landing Your Perfect Gig
Hayley Pokornowski, Staff Writer | March 21, 2024

          Looking to turn your love for kids into a rewarding gig? Discover the secrets to landing the perfect babysitting job.            Babysitting can take a lot of work to learn about each one of the kids, each kid will have their own personality and things they like and don’t like....

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Survivor: Mrs. Morrissey had gone to the Connecticut Sun pink out game. July 23, 2023.

Unite Against Cancer

World Cancer Day Shines a Light on Hope and Healing
Hayley Pokornowski, Staff Writer | February 4, 2024

          Imagine a world where cancer is no longer a devastating force. A world where people stand united, spreading awareness, and fighting for the future free from disease. On World Cancer Day, people come together to honor those affected, raise awareness, and inspire action.         ...

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Down the Court: Summer Collins dribbling to the basket. December 11, 2023.

Summer’s Senior Spotlight

Leading the Way on the Basketball Court
Hayley Pokornowski, Staff Writer | January 9, 2024

          Being the only senior on a high school team comes with its ups and downs. At Joseph A. Foran High School girls basketball captain Summer Collins, the sole senior on the team.           During her four years on the team, Collins was able to learn a lot being on the court from teamwork...

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The Heart of the Holidays:. Milfords annual Christmas tree lighting on December 1, 2023.

[Photo] Unwrapping The Magic

Colin Monahan and Noah Champagne | December 19, 2023

The Heart of the Holidays:. Milfords annual Christmas tree lighting on December 1, 2023.

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Sweet Treat: Senior Olivia Jones buys cookies from the school store. November 14, 2023.

Grand Opening

School Store Opens Up For The New Year
Hayley Pokornowski, Staff Writer | December 5, 2023

           Joseph A. Foran High School’s school store has now opened up for the 2023-2024 school year. The school store reopened for this school year on October 26.            If interested in buying items at the store, it will be open on C days during period seven and F days during...

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Say Cheese: Collins twins getting photos before Taylor goes to the Homecoming dance. October 14, 2023.

The More the Merrier

A look into the unique twins and triplets at Foran
Jocelyn Gonzalez and Hayley Pokornowski | November 13, 2023

          Being a triplet or a twin is something people would say is very unique. In the United States  (US) there's a 3.31% chance of being a twin and a .14% chance of  being a triplet.            Some people find it shocking that seniors Taylor and Summer Collins are twins. Most people...

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Straight to the Classroom: Madame Duncan teaching to in her classroom, September 11, 2023.

Welcome to the Pack:

Meet the New Staff Members in the Foran Community
Jocelyn Gonzalez and Hayley Pokornowski | October 9, 2023

          As the 2023-2024 academic year began on August 30, a number of new faces were on board as part of the Foran teaching staff. Assistant Principal Dena Kelly provided some advice for the new teachers as part of her warm welcome.           She states, “My advice to them would be...

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Serving it up: Ryan Purviance serving the ball to his Sheehan opponent. April 22, 2023.

Boys Tennis Team Accepts All

          Joseph A. Foran’s Boys Tennis Team led by Coach Alan Stern has 19 players and is the largest it has been in recent years.            Stern starts his sixth season coaching the boys team that is led by senior captain Steven Mingrone and junior Ryan Purviance.          ...

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Sunny Day: Eva and her mother enjoying a day in the pool. March 13, 2023.

A Mother’s Miracle

Local Mom Starts Fundraiser in Support of Daughter
Hayley Pokornowski and Samantha Rodriguez | April 20, 2023

          Ms. Melissa Kelly is a mother of a 12-year-old child with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) in West Haven. Kelly was told her daughter, Eva, wouldn’t live past her first birthday when she was initially diagnosed at three months old.            SMA is a hereditary disease affecting...

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Taking the Gold: Foran’s Wrestling Team winning the Staples Dual. January 14, 2023.

Pinning their Way to the Rings

Hayley Pokornowski and Samantha Rodriguez | February 13, 2023

          Joseph A. Foran High School’s Wrestling Team has started their journey to Class M Championship with a record of 27-9.           February 17 and 18 is Class M Championship, which is a big tournament between schools that are the same size. If a wrestler places in the top six they...

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Photo 1: Say Cheese: Unified athletes taking a group picture together, October 20, 2022.

Pride Of Unification

Hayley Pokornowski and Samantha Rodriguez | January 25, 2023

          Unified Sports was created in 1998 and was founded by the Connecticut Special Olympics that created a partnership with Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. Unified Sports was finally adopted into schools in 2008, and was created to promote equality and inclusion.      ...

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 Passing the Baton: Joseph DeFreitas running his relay. January 22, 2022.

Running to the Finish Line

Seniors Looking Out on Their Last Season
Hayley Pokornowski and Isabella Tomac | November 30, 2022

          As the indoor track season starts, Xavier and Maddie take a look back at the memories they’ve made over the past four years. These two seniors are having mixed emotions about leaving the sport they have dedicated so much time to.            Senior Maddie Elmo is entering her...

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Group Huddle: Coach Esposito having end of conditioning talk with all of the wrestlers, October 3, 2022.

Hitting the Mat: Wrestling Grapples with New Season and New Goals

Kelsey Kiely and Hayley Pokornowski | November 3, 2022

          Foran wrestlers are excited for a new and Covid-19 free season. Last year, athletes on the team  weren’t allowed to be at every match. This did not give athletes the opportunity to be as prepared as they were in seasons past.            Mr. David Esposito, wrestling head coach...

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