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Incoming Rosemount High School freshmen Skylar Wirtanen, left, and Sydney Cabrillo appear to be enjoying themselves as they work on an experiment designed to familiarize them with the scientific method at Monday's Freshman Academy session. Wirtanen and Cabrillo are among about 105 students enrolled in the academy this summer.

Freshman Academy gives kids a head start on high school

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While their classmates are working summer jobs or enjoying the sunny weather, a group of about 100 incoming ninth graders are getting a head start on life in high school and beyond.

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In its third year, Rosemount High School's Freshman Academy is part academic help session, part orientation and part community service project. It's a way for the school to help students get ready for the bigger, faster and more demanding life of a high school student.

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