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Ossining Freshmen Revel in High School's Freedom

OSSINING, N.Y. – Freshmen finishing their first day at Ossining High School said they liked the additional freedom at their new school.

"It's better than middle school," said Ashley Gibbs. "During your free period you can go to lunch or you can go to the library."

Amy Singh thought her first day was a success.

"I loved it," Singh said. "There's more freedom and next year we can go off campus to eat."

During the first part of their first day, freshmen watched a program called Rachel's Challenge that was put together by the father of Rachel Scott, the first student killed in the Columbine High School tragedy 12 years ago. The program aims to motivate students to make positive changes in the way they treat others.

"It was good, helpful," said Gibbs. "It was about changing who you are and about being a better person."

Freshmen were also introduced to their "senior buddies," students in their senior year who can give new students helpful tips about high school. They also spent 15 minutes in each of their classes getting to know their teachers.

Carlos Panjom said it was a little confusing getting around parts of the school during the first day.

"The third floor thing confuses you and it was hard finding our lockers," he said.

Classmate Andre Goncalves said it is fun to be in a new, bigger school.

"It's good to see friends and to meet new teachers," he said.

Dajour Weston agreed.

"I enjoyed the nice teachers," he said, "It's a lot easier and faster in high school."

On Wednesday, sophomores, juniors and seniors will have their first day of school.

"Tomorrow is the real deal with all the students," Singh said.

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