We-Ha–West Hartford Magazine’s seventh annual ‘Terrific Teens’ spotlights local teens who are making a difference in the community – and for this year’s photo shoot we headed to Westfarms.
By Aaron Greene, photos by Todd Fairchild
Even though this is West Hartford Magazine’s seventh annual feature on local teens in West Hartford, the task of choosing the young adults to interview hasn’t gotten any easier.
Our goal has always been to find the kids who capture attention not just because they earned the best grades, or the most points in a game, but because they are all around good kids. As you can imagine, there is no short supply of eligible students.
This year features 2017 graduates who hail from Conard, Hall, Kingswood Oxford, and Northwest Catholic. Our tradition is to pick one male and one female from each school – but the male from Hall has a twin brother, so we had to be inclusive!
Why Westfarms? We strive to seek unique areas of town that maybe have history, or significance to the families. Since Westfarms has been a part of our collective history for over 40 years, it provided an interesting back drop for our photo shoot this year.
Look for one teen each week to be featured on We-Ha.com for the next several weeks.
Terrific Teen 2017: Lani Davidoff – “Future Economist”
Lani Davidoff is a 2017 graduate of Hall High School and now attends the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
When asked about her favorite extracurricular activity, her immediate answer: “Relay for Life.” Lani was very involved in Relay for Life throughout her years at Hall, and served as captain of the team her senior year, taking an active role in raising a record level of funds as well as participating in the actual event. “It was very important to me and my favorite event to do in high school,” she said. One of the first things she did when arriving at William and Mary was join their Relay for Life team.
Lani also played tennis in high school where she played on the junior varsity team for two years and on the varsity team for her senior year. Lani said this hobby, an athletic pursuit that can be continued for years to come, helped shape her as an athlete and was an important part of her Hall High School experience.
Lani is currently undecided about her major but has interests in math and economics. In addition to Relay for Life, she has already gotten involved with several activities, including the ultimate frisbee team and the morale committee for the TribeThon event – a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Williamsburg.
Her favorite quote is a Danish Proverb: “She who is afraid to ask is ashamed of learning.”
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