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Voices from the 2013 high school search: Rosaura Morales

Rosaura Morales has her mind set on becoming a pediatrician, even though she is only in eighth grade. She says she’s always been the one responsible for taking care of others.

Currently a student at I.S. 117 in the Mt. Hope neighborhood in the Bronx, the 14-year-old loves math and science.

As she considers which high school to choose, she knows she wants to be surrounded by students that are driven to succeed, just like her.

“I’m looking for students who want to pass. You can feel it. That’s the type of environment I want to be in,” Morales said.

Having scored high threes out of four in both math and English on last year’s state tests, she is not worried about getting into the school of her choice.

Drawn to schools with a science focus, her top choice for high school is the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in West Farms. As a fan of plants (and photosynthesis) Morales is drawn to the school’s focus on science and conservation, and its field trips to places like the Bronx Zoo.

Jake Naughton is a student at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

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