Age 12, Connecticut
Favorite Subject: Social Studies and Math
Book: Almost Starring Skinny Bones by Barbara Park
Extracurricular Activities: Cosmic Culture Club, golf, Alliance Children's Theatre
Hobbies: cooking, acting, writing, board games
When Jack gets older, he hopes to be a chef or a journalist. In his spare time he likes to read, watch reality TV shows, and do volunteer activities.
As a kid reporter, Jack wants to continue improving the skills that will help him one day as a journalist. He is also looking forward to being on the campaign trail this season. "It will be a great honor and exciting opportunity to learn about a presidential election, first hand."
He has one younger brother.
West Haven + Connecticut
By Jack Greenberg
Scholastic Kids Press Corps
There are plenty of things that make my state, Connecticut, a special place. For one thing, Connecticut is one of the only states that has a female governor, Jodi Rell.
Many tourists travel to Connecticut in the fall to see the leaves change colors. In the spring and summer, tourists come to Connecticut to walk on the sandy beaches. Tourists and residents enjoy winter sports in Connecticut such as skiing and snowboarding.
Tourists also come to see the Mystic Aquarium and Seaport, the Peabody Museum, Groton Submarine Base, and many other attractions. All these attractions help Connecticut’s economy.
Several very famous people come from Connecticut who deserve mentioning. Prudence Crandall had enough courage to go against all odds and open a school for African-Americans many decades ago. Noah Webster impacted the world by putting together a now-famous dictionary.
Nathan Hale, a Connecticut hero, volunteered to spy on the British during the Revolutionary War. When the British caught him, he was executed. His final words were, “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”
During the Revolutionary War, West Haven was attacked by the British three times. Thomas Painter was a historical figure that worked to defend the city. He sat on a huge rock looking for British ships.
Another great thing about Connecticut is that it is located near New York and Boston, so residents can easily commute for work, entertainment, and recreation.