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Students from the Academy of Environmental Science were asked: "Why did you decide to attend the academy?"

IAN SYLVERTER, 16, JUNIOR "Because it's a good way to get hands-on experience. There are more science options than at regular high schools."

ASHLY LINDSEY, 17, SENIOR "Our teachers are more specialized to teach their categories. Mr. (Ben) Stofchek worked at NASA, and Mr. (Earnie) Olsen was a marine biologist before he was a teacher."

GINA VARA, 17, SENIOR "There's more hands-on to do. It's like a family. We're all friends."

SAM COX, 17, SENIOR "I like being out there, because the environment is right there. We get to go out in canoes, and our teachers really care about us."

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