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Reflections on High School

I attended high school in a small town in the suburbs outside of New York City. It was the typical suburban school experience in many ways: students came from within the one square-mile boundary, we had cafeteria cliques, book fairs, and annual pep rallies. I started kindergarten with the same 160 classmates with whom I graduated, after attending the same elementary, middle and high schools. My experience was also different from others’ in the suburbs. In my second-grade class of…