The Cover Story

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
Orion James Hall

WHO: Orion James Hall, age 3

WHERE:The Columbus Dispatch photo studio in downtown Columbus

WHEN: Nov. 7, 2016

THE BACKSTORY: Orion was the winner of our 2016 Columbus Parent Win the Cover photo contest. He was the readers' top choice in online voting, where the group of 18 semifinalists included 12 Kid Pic of the Month winners and six staff choices. Orion was our January 2016 Win the Cover pick.

Orion arrived for his photo shoot with his parents, Tricia and Brandon Hall. Initially, he was a little trepidatious, but once we got him talking, the nerves subsided and he was a total trouper. He told us he had dressed up as Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Halloween, and said he also has SWAT and police costumes.

Tricia said Orion loves the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, swimming, playing games on a tablet, and when she reads to him. He has a few books he's already memorized, and even knows when it's time to turn the page.

When he saw the snowflake props and the camera, Orion was all smiles. After a discussion of his favorite Paw Patrol characters and a few fist bumps, we sent him home with several snowflakes as a reminder of his big day.


Check out the slideshow for the five finalists who were the top vote-getters in our online reader poll.