experiences and future plans are as diverse as they are, but one thing a
group of graduating Albany High School seniors has in common: fondness
for the people at their soon-to-be alma mater.
“The sense of community we have here is awesome,”
said Ravi Brenner, who, after taking a gap year in Israel, will head to
the University of Pennsylvania. “Everyone gets along.”
Brenner and six others recently talked about
their years at Albany High.
“Being at Albany High has shaped who I am a lot,”
said Lianne Parmalee, who will head to the University of Vermont in
September. “I’m exposed to a lot more diversity, a lot of people with a
lot of different stories. I don’t think you find that in a lot of other
For Isaac Young, who will attend Yale University,
Albany High has made him more open to new experiences.
“I think by going to Albany High School and being
around so many different people, I don’t have that rich-kid perspective
that you don’t venture outside because you’re afraid,” he said.
All the students said they believe Albany High
prepared them well for the academic rigor of college.
“Our AP and IB teachers really pushed us and
challenged us,” said Olivia Parker, who will attend UCLA in September.
“I feel really ready.”
Most confessed to a touch of nerves about
starting afresh with new and different expectations – but not Cornell
University-bound Isabel Pottinger, a U.S. Presidential Scholarship
“I’m ready for anything,” she said.
All the students agreed they will miss the
relationships they’ve formed as Albany High students.
“I enjoyed making the friends I have and the
connections I’ve made with the teachers but I definitely plan to keep in
touch,” said Curtis Osborne-Caesar, who will study at Sage College of
Darenne Contreras Sanchez, who heads to Siena
College this fall, agreed and said she will miss her English-as-a-second
language teachers as well.
Added Pottinger: “The teachers, the classes I’ve
taken, the people I’ve met – they’ve all really empowered me.”
The students were silent for a moment when they
were asked what they wouldn’t miss about Albany High.
“I won’t miss the chaotic parts of the day, the
noise and the crowded halls,” Brenner said eventually. Osborne-Caeser
agreed, and added school lunches to the list. Parker mentioned
standardized tests and was seconded with a collective groan.
Pottinger said she’d miss the school but not the
“Something is always broken,” she said to a chorus of agreement. “The
heat, the pool, the air conditioning. It would be nice if everything