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Sam Hooker aced the math, English and writing SATs, with an overall score of 2010, but he has decided to follow his passion for art instead.

The 18-year-old senior at Joel Barlow High School will attend the Art Institute of Boston in the fall to study animation. "It sounded cool and they have a good program there and it seems like a good career path," he said. "I really liked the campus. It's in the middle of Boston and it's not Easton, where there is not as much to do." His family moved from Norwalk to Easton five years ago.

Sam took only one basic art class at Barlow, but it was a two-week program in 3-D animation at Villanova University when he was 12-years-old that sparked his interest in the field. Since then, he has been creating animated cartoons and movies of objects, rooms and people on his computer using an animation program called Maya.

He hopes the classes he takes next year will help him to improve his skills and learn more about what he loves.

Although Sam will be leaving family and friends in Easton, he looks forward to living in the city. The thing he's most excited about? "Not hearing the cows anymore outside my window. I can hear them every night."

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