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Victoria Grempel, 17, and her brother Jarrett, 16, (Credit: Linda Rosier)

Victoria Grempel, 17, and her brother Jarrett, 16, use time on the morning train to finish their homework for the Professional Children's School. (Feb. 17, 2012)

Commuter students

Next stop, high school. Victoria Grempei of Wantagh catches the 6:13 a.m. train to Penn Station every weekday. Nicholas Vernice of Garden City is also up bright and early, and treks to Manhattan on the 6:41 train. What's so unusual about that? They're in high school, and they go to class in the city, like more than 100 other Long Island kids who bypass Long Island's mass of schools to hit the books in the city that never sleeps. We follow them, from start to finish, on a very long school day.

Victoria Grempel, 17, commutes from her home in
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Victoria Grempel, 17, commutes from her home in Wantagh, taking the 6:13 a.m. train to Manhattan, where she then changes for the subway to take her to the Professional Children's School, and then, after classes, to ballet classes at Steps on Broadway on West 74th Street, after which she takes the 7:30 p.m. back home. Here, she waits for the No. 1 train at Penn Station to take her uptown to Columbus Circle, which is near her school. (Feb. 17, 2012)

Nicholas Vernice, 15, rides the LIRR train each
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Nicholas Vernice, 15, rides the LIRR train each day to and from Regis High School in Manhattan, a commute that takes three hours round-trip. Here he uses the time on the train to relax or read. (Feb. 16, 2012)

The commute to and from school for Nicholas
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The commute to and from school for Nicholas Vernice, 15, of Garden City, includes at least three subway trains between school and Grand Central Station, where he often switches to other subways to Penn Station for his ride home. (Feb. 16, 2012)

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A passionate and focused student at Regis High
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A passionate and focused student at Regis High School in Manhattan, Nicholas Vernice, 15, of Garden City, studies hard and takes advantage of extracurricular activities, such as the school's after-school debate team. (Feb. 16, 2012)

Jarrett Grempel, 16, left, watches as his father,
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Jarrett Grempel, 16, left, watches as his father, Bob, hands his sister Victoria, 17, a cup of early-morning coffee before they commute from their home in Wantagh on the 6:13 AM train to Manhattan. Both Jarrett and Victoria attend the Professional Children's School on West 60th Street, where he is a junior and she, a senior. (Feb. 17, 2012)

Victoria Grempel, 17, of Wantagh, watching the morning
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Victoria Grempel, 17, of Wantagh, watching the morning sky brighten from the train, has to rise at 4:45 a.m. every weekday to commute to her specialized school in the city. (Feb. 17, 2012)

Victoria Grempel, 17, walks with her coffee along
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Victoria Grempel, 17, walks with her coffee along West 60th Street to the Professional Children's School. (Feb. 17, 2012)

Nicholas Vernice, 15, of Garden City, attends Regis
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Nicholas Vernice, 15, of Garden City, attends Regis High School on the Upper East Side, a private, all-boys, tuition-free Jesuit high school that has 530 students, 97 of whom commute from Long Island. (Feb. 16, 2012)

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Nicholas Vernice, 15, of Garden City, has to
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Nicholas Vernice, 15, of Garden City, has to take the Nos. 4,5, or 6 subways between school and Grand Central Station, where often he switches to other subways to Penn Station for his ride home. Here, he waits at 86th Street for his first leg of the long trip home. (Feb. 16, 2012)

Because he lives relatively close to the train
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Because he lives relatively close to the train station, Nicholas Vernice of Garden City often walks home after a long day of commuting and learning at Regis High School in Manhattan. (Feb. 16, 2012)

Because he lives relatively close to the train
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Because he lives relatively close to the train station, Nicholas Vernice of Garden City often walks home after a long day of commuting and learning at Regis High School in Manhattan. (Feb. 16, 2012)

At the end of a long school day
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At the end of a long school day in Manhattan and a long journey home, Nicholas Vernice of Garden City is greeted at the door by his mother RoseAnn Vernice, with a hug and a smile. (Feb. 16, 2012)

After her day at the Professional Children's School
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After her day at the Professional Children's School on West 60th Street, Victoria Grempel, 17, takes ballet classes at Steps on Broadway on West 74th Street before she takes the 7:30 p.m. train back home. Here, she does exercises at the barre in her 4 p.m. advanced ballet technique class. (Feb. 17, 2012)

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Victoria Grempel, 17, goes to an 8 a.m.
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Victoria Grempel, 17, goes to an 8 a.m. class in statistics at the Professional Children's School. (Feb. 17, 2012)

Nicholas Vernice, 15, of Garden City, stands in
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Nicholas Vernice, 15, of Garden City, stands in the foyer of Regis High School in Manhattan, where he is a sophomore. His classes average at least 95 pages of reading a night--not including chemistry labs, math problems and Spanish writing assignments. (Feb. 16, 2012)

Nicholas Vernice, 15, of Garden City, browses through
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Nicholas Vernice, 15, of Garden City, browses through the stacks of books in Regis High School's library. (Feb. 16, 2012)

Jarrett Grempel, 16, talks to his sister, Victoria,
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Jarrett Grempel, 16, talks to his sister, Victoria, 17, during their subway ride to the Professional Children's School on West 60th Street in Manhattan.

Brother and sister, Jarrett and Victoria Grempel, walk
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Brother and sister, Jarrett and Victoria Grempel, walk to the Professional Children's School. (Feb. 17, 2012)

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Victoria Grempel, 17, and her brother Jarrett, 16,
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Victoria Grempel, 17, and her brother Jarrett, 16, use time on the morning train to finish their homework for the Professional Children's School. (Feb. 17, 2012)

Victoria Grempel, 17, who wakes up at 4:45
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Victoria Grempel, 17, who wakes up at 4:45 a.m. to make sure her commute goes smoothly, is one of the first to arrive at the Professional Children's School near Lincoln Center. (Feb. 17, 2012)

Victoria Grempel, 17, raises her hand to answer
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Victoria Grempel, 17, raises her hand to answer a question in the first class of the day, an 8 a.m. course in statistics at the Professional Children's School in Manhattan. (Feb. 17, 2012)

Victoria Grempel, 17, works on her floor exercises
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Victoria Grempel, 17, works on her floor exercises at her 4 p.m. advanced ballet technique class at Steps on Broadway, where she goes at the end of her school day. (Feb. 17, 2012)

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