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  • Before They Were Famous: 'Jersey Shore' Stars in Their High School Days

    For better or for worse, MTV’s hit reality show “The Jersey Shore” is in its 5th wackadoo season and back on TV this week with new episodes starting Thursday.

    The world’s most famous self-appointed guidos and guidettes have returned from Italy (we think we actually hear a collective “grazia” from the town of Florence where the tanned TV stars lived last year) and are headed to their beloved Seaside, New Jersey shore (where it all began) for a summer of GTL (Gym-Tan-Laundry).

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    But before the buff bods, heavy-handed self-tanner, Ed Hardy wardrobes and copious cocktails, found pics of the cast back in high school, way WAY before their GTL days at the shore.

    Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library/Ian Spanier/MTV

    Nicole Polizzi, aka “Snooki”

    Outlandish and orange-ish Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is the 24-year-old pint-sized star who stood out on MTV’s “Jersey Shore” hit reality show. But before the unexpected TV star became a bestselling author  with “Confessions of a Guidette” and a budding beauty mogul (she just launched her first fragrance this month), little Nicole was an adorable cheerleader — sans “pouf”– at her local Marlboro High School in Marlboro, New York in 2006.

    See more high school pics of Snooki before the fame at

    Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library/MTV

    Jenni Farley, aka “JWoww”

    Before she became known as sexy bombshell “JWoww” on the hit MTV reality show, seems little Jenni “JWoww” Farley was a bit of a tomboy, based on her sophomore portrait at Columbia High School in East Greenbush, New York, 2001. Compared to the super messy ponytail and casual duds she sported for her high school photo, these days J Woww and the girls of the “Jersey Shore” are famous for taking up to two hours to get ready for a wild night on the town.

    See all 29 pics of Jersey Shore stars in high school at

    Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library/MTV

    Mike aka “The Situation”

    Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino did not seem to have so much game back when he selected a plum-hued oversized bowtie to wear in his senior portrait at Manalapan High School in Manalapan, New Jersey. The green-eyed guido is almost unrecognizable in a shirt, no tan and sporting a spiky banged gelled hairstyle back in 1999.

    See the entire gallery of “Jersey Shore” stars in high school at

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