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Wealth of programs helps Schenectady students

Riley Barnes, a student at Schenectady High School, talks about how his life this going these days, compared to his freshman year at the school. As a freshman, the Daily Gazette interviewed him, and he was utterly miserable, because of bullying at the high school.
He notes that the Fine Arts program at the school really turning things around for him in recent years.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Riley Barnes, a student at Schenectady High School, talks about how his life this going these days, compared to his freshman year at the school. As a freshman, the Daily Gazette interviewed him, and he was utterly miserable, because of bullying at the high school. He notes that the Fine Arts program at the school really turning things around for him in recent years.
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Four years ago, Riley Barnes was having a truly miserable freshman year at Schenectady High School. He had been bullied for many years. He didn’t want to go to school anymore. Now, the teenager is a vivacious, confident senior, who not only goes to school but stays afterward eagerly. The bullies are long gone. What happened? The Blue Roses Theater Company. In the student theater company, the lonely freshman found a place for himself — ...


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commsecy
February 16, 2013
7:10 a.m.

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Great story. So many good things happen inside city schools. It's nice to see some balance!

Proctors
February 16, 2013
4:43 p.m.

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Bill Ziskin and the folks who make the Sayles wing hum are proof that we CAN engage, educate and nurture all of our kids. Anyone notice how many kids from the arts wind graduate? Thank you all.

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