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Rye High Students In Final Stretch of Finals

Rye High School sophomores Christine Nelson, Leah Alexander and Nikola Jovanovic have had a long week of finals but were able to take Thursday off to study and relax a little before their last two tests.

"I've lost all emotion for tests," said Nikola, 16, sitting with his friends Leah and Christine on the grass of Rye's village green while eating a pack of Mike and Ikes.None of the friends had any finals scheduled that day, so they went to a morning study session for their chemistry final next Wednesday, which will be their last exam. They have an English final Friday, but weren’t too worried about it."Most of the finals were really easy," said Christine, 16. "I'm just worried about chemistry.""Yeah, it's one of the hardest tests in the state," added Leah, 16.Some of their finals are Regents High School examinations, which are designed and administered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.

Five of the Regents are mandatory and require scores of 65 out of 100 on four of them to graduate. Passing scores on all are required to receive a Regents Diploma, a distinction that gives students an edge in college applications. Students who score 90 or higher on required exams receive honors.

"We've all been taking state tests since the sixth grade, so we're used to it," said Nikola. "You either know your information or you don't."

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