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Voices from the 2013 high school search: Kenneil Smith

Kenneil Smith, 12, doesn’t want to make a big move when he goes to high school. He just wants to cross the street from Baychester Middle School and go to Cardinal Spellman High School, a private Catholic school.

“I don’t know everything about them, but I know they have sports,” said Smith, who wants to play football in the NFL someday.

Smith is focused on football and Cardinal Spellman, but his parents took him Saturday to the Bronx high school fair to find a public school that would blend his interest in sports and their interest in academics.

Thousands packed the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus during the four hours of the high school fair.

“It’s a lot, it’s very, very overwhelming,” said Terry Ann Smith, Smith’s stepmother. Mini foam football in hand, Smith trailed his parents as they moved among different booths, an interested observer but not quite an active participant.

“It’s like they’re picking the high school for me,” Smith said.

They found two schools that could be a compromise for Smith and his parents: Bronx Leadership Academy High School and The Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports, which both have football teams.

María Villaseñor is a student at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

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