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Voices from the 2013 high school search: Kaitlyn Dormeus

The city’s Brooklyn Borough High School Fair took place at Edward R. Murrow High School in Midwood. Some students, like Kaitlyn Dormeus, 13, came away liking the host school best.

“I was excited about Edward R. Murrow. I really like the school, what it offers, the extracurricular activities,” she said.

Kaitlyn said she also likes the culinary arts program at John Dewey High School in Gravesend because she loves food. “I’d definitely pass that class,” she said.

Kaitlyn’s mother, Tricia Jones, said she is happy that Kaitlyn’s top-choice high schools are in lower-crime neighborhoods. “You want to be sure that when your kid leaves for school that they’re getting there safely,” she said.

Kaitlyn goes to the private Trey Whitfield School in East New York, but her mother said she would like for her daughter to go to a public high school. “We’re trying not to have her too sheltered,” she said.

Jones attended a public high school when she was a teenager. “I came through O.K.,” she said, adding that she is confident Kaitlyn will have a good high school experience  — even though the application process is overwhelming. “If I can do it, and I didn’t have anyone to help me, then she can, too.”

Brianna McGurran is a student at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.