Kids in the Hall

2013.06.24 - West Hartford, CT - Erin Smyth gazes out the window of a Hall High School door eagerly waiting to see a family member prior to the school's graduation ceremony.  Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.24 – West Hartford, CT – Erin Smyth gazes out the window of a Hall High School door waiting eagerly to see a family member prior to the school’s graduation ceremony. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.24 - West Hartford, CT - Arriving more than an hour before the start of Hall High School's commencement ceremony, Eva Fonseca stakes out seats for herself and eight family members to see her grandson, Matthew Kalinowski, graduate.  Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.24 – West Hartford, CT – Arriving more than an hour before the start of Hall High School’s commencement ceremony, Eva Fonseca stakes out seats for herself and eight family members to see her grandson, Matthew Kalinowski, graduate. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.24 - West Hartford, CT - John Holland, a member of the Hall High School Jazz Combo, walks out of the school playing his sax prior to the school's graduation.  Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.24 – West Hartford, CT – John Holland, a member of the Hall High School Jazz Combo, walks out of the school playing his sax prior to the school’s graduation. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.24 - West Hartford, CT - Photographer Chris D'Eon tapes a map instructing Hall High School graduates where to stand for their photograph after receiving their diploma.  Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.24 – West Hartford, CT – Photographer Chris D’Eon tapes a map instructing Hall High School graduates where to stand for their photograph after receiving their diploma. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.24 - West Hartford, CT - "So much happened to change me as a person," says Grace O'Connor relaxing in a Hall High School corridor prior to the school's graduation ceremony.  Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.24 – West Hartford, CT – “So much happened to change me as a person,” says Grace O’Connor relaxing in a Hall High School corridor prior to the school’s graduation ceremony. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.24 - West Hartford, CT - Her hand decorated with henna at a graduation party, Hall High School graduate Olivia Jones fills out paper work prior to the school's graduation ceremony.  Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.24 – West Hartford, CT – Her hand decorated with henna at a graduation party, Hall High School graduate Olivia Jones fills out paper work prior to the school’s graduation ceremony. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.24 - West Hartford, CT - School official Lowana Harris passes out water to keep Hall High School graduates hydrated during the day's heat and humidity.  Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.24 – West Hartford, CT – School official Lowana Harris passes out water to keep Hall High School graduates hydrated during the day’s heat and humidity. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.24 - West Hartford, CT - Hall High School music teacher John Mastroianni stops conducting the school's band to hug graduates (L-R) Paulina and Maggie Rowe as they process in the school's commencement ceremony. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.24 – West Hartford, CT – Hall High School music teacher John Mastroianni stops conducting the school’s band to hug graduates (L-R) Paulina and Maggie Rowe as they process in the school’s commencement ceremony. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.24 - West Hartford, CT - Hall High School graduation.  Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.24 – West Hartford, CT – Hall High School graduation. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.24 - West Hartford, CT - An inflatable Curious George doll floats above students during the Hall High School graduation ceremony.  Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.06.24 – West Hartford, CT – An inflatable Curious George doll floats above students during the Hall High School graduation ceremony. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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