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100 freshmen at Warhill taking a different path

100 freshmen at Warhill taking a different path

JAMES CITY — On Friday morning, teams of freshman at Warhill High School competed with one another to see who could build the highest tower using spaghetti and marshmallows.

The noise level in the room rose as the clock ran down. Several groups built towers that stood tall for a moment but slumped over to the groans of the ninth-grade architects.

The competition was one of the final activities during a week of orientation for students entering Warhill's Pathways Project. The Warhill-based project is an innovative pilot program for freshmen in the Williamsburg-James City County district, funded by two $50,000 grants from the state Department of Education. The 100 participants...