Albany High School Class of 2011 celebrates
N.Y. (June 26, 2011) -- Albany High School's 2011 valedictorian is a
baseball fan, fanatic and player. So it's only fitting that Bryan Carr's
address to his classmates at their graduation today viewed the past,
present and future through the lens of America's pastime.
“Frederick Wilcox once
said, ‘Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and
keep your foot on first,” Carr said to the members of the Class of
2011 and their family and friends that gathered at the University at
Albany’s SEFCU Arena on Sunday, June 26.
(Carr is pictured at right greeting
school board President Daniel Egan and Board Secretary Rose Brandon,
The 468 members of the Class of 2011 were accepted
at more than 150 colleges and universities this year. Nearly 90 percent
of the graduates plan to attend a two- or four-year college.
Carr will attend The College of Saint Rose,
where he plans to continue his baseball career as well as his studies.
Salutatorian Robert Cosgrove will attend the State University of New
York College at Purchase.
“As each of us
graduates here today we take our feet off first base and begin a running
start toward our futures,” Carr said. “We will face new challenges,
responsibilities and endeavors along life’s journey, and although none
of us truly knows what waits for us at second base, one thing each of us
is sure of is that first base was one we will never forget.
morning we heard, ‘You can’t hide that Falcon pride,’ and not a single
one of us is hiding it today,” Carr concluded. “We are showing that
pride as we prepare to go out into the world, each of us on different
paths, following different dreams. I congratulate all of you on your
accomplishments and I wish you the best of luck in the future.
Regardless of the path each of us chooses, we will always share a common
bond. We will be the 2011 graduating class of Albany High School.”
to read a copy of Carr's address.
Colucciello, Ed.D., turned to 12 members of the Class of 2023 –
graduating kindergartners from Pine Hills Elementary School – for help
in providing advice to the Albany High Class of 2011. His remarks
included a video of theirs, and he also sampled the work of Robert
Fulghum, author of “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in
“You can be whatever you want to be,”
Dr. Colucciello told the grads, reprising the advice from one Pine Hills
Elementary student. “You learned it in kindergarten, and now that you’ve
made it to high-school graduation, always remember that advice.
“Hold on to the dreams you have for
yourself, and don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.”
The mission of the City
School District of Albany
is to educate and nurture all students to be responsible citizens,
critical thinkers and lifelong learners to successfully compete in the
global community by providing an academically rigorous and safe
environment in partnership with parents, students and the community. The
district serves about 8,400 students in 16 elementary, middle and high
schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes
three magnet schools and other innovative academic opportunities for