Hometown: St. James, NY
high school: Smithtown High School East
college: University of Pennsylvania
GRAD. PROGRAM: Oxford University ,England (2012, MS)
An adoring daughter to parents Michael and Lesline Hall and a caring sister to her two siblings, Kristin Hall is a remarkable young lady who possesses a strong work ethic and sense of identity. Her insatiable, mature curiosity finds respite in her conscious endeavors. Kristin Hall has embarked wholeheartedly upon the quest for knowledge. She has achieved success in various areas, including research, music, business, and athletics.
In October, 2005 Kristin entered the Siemens Westinghouse Competition and earned recognition as Regional Finalist for her work. That same year, she placed as a semi-finalist in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair and a finalist in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Kristin was recently named a semi-finalist in the prestigious Intel Talent Search. She takes great pride in her research, which brings novel insight into single-cell cancer detection. After three years of working in local university labs, her work is due to be accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal, Science.
In addition to her research endeavors, Kristin has been very active in her high school’s extracurricular activities. She has been president of the student body at Smithtown High School East for three years. She has also been president of Smithtown East’s largest club, DECA, for two years and is now DECA’s Suffolk County Regional president. She placed fifth at the DECA national competition last year in her event, International Business Plan.
Yet despite many accomplishments, Kristin stresses that it is not her awards that yield personal satisfaction. To her, success doesn’t mean winning a trophy. Her success is surviving the process and quenching the thirst of the pursuit. Kristin wants to be an agent of change. As an African American student in a predominately white community, she has fought to keep her culture alive and to open the eyes of her classmates. From fighting for the inclusion of African American literature in her English classes to spearheading multicultural events, she has committed to increase global and cultural awareness in her school.
Kristin wants to be a person who brings people from all walks of life. She has therefore committed herself to understanding ideas and concepts from varied sources so as to better understand people by having walked a mile in their shoes and assuming their passions as her own. Kristin has performed in the highest percentile of all students. With a 4.27 GPA she will graduate with eleven AP Credits. Kristin has been named a Long Island Scholar of Mathematics and has achieved All-State honors in voice. In addition, she is an AP Scholar and both a National Achievement and National Merit Finalist. She is one of forty students worldwide who have been accepted into the elite Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business at the University of Pennsylvania.