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Voices from the 2013 high school search: Mark Watson

Mark Watson, 13, said he hopes next year to attend Brooklyn Technical High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, where his sister Amethyst is a senior.

He said his sister is helping him prepare for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test that determines whether students get into Brooklyn Tech, one of seven high schools to base admissions on the one-day exam.

“I think I might do pretty well on it,” Mark said.

Mark’s mother Maureen, a social worker, said she likes Brooklyn Tech because it is an easy commute from the family’s home in Flatbush. Mark’s other top-choice high schools are farther away from home.

“One of the high schools he likes is all the way on the other side of Brooklyn,” she said. The school, Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design, is off the L train.

Maureen said Williamsburg would be a long commute for Mark, a concern if he participates in after-school activities. “If he gets out at five, he might not be home until eight,” Maureen Watson said. “That’s weighing on our decision.”

Brianna McGurran is a student a CUNY Graduate School for Journalism.

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