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High school students put time in a bottle

Decades in the future, the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School graduating class will be rocking out to Snoop Dogg, Metallica and Outkast, courtesy of the Class of 2007.

The tunes are being tucked away in the time capsule soon to be cemented inside a cornerstone at the entryway to the high school. When it will be unearthed, no one knows, but the students of the future will need a working CD player.

We wanted to include things that would let people know what was popular during our times, said student government president and high school senior Evan Walsh on Thursday, May 31, at a schoolwide ceremony to officially unveil the chosen items to be saved for posterity.

Walsh helped town historian and teacher Rick Reynolds pry open an aging, green-tinted copper box last fall after construction crews happened upon the discovery during a remodeling project over the summer.

Inside the 1950s capsule were historical documents, such as the deeds for the new high school as well as floor plans, but nothing that mirrored teen pop culture as much as the "Live Strong" yellow rubber bracelet and the Pokemon trading cards added to the 2007 capsule.

"The last capsule told us very little about their lives," said Walsh. "We want to paint a clear picture of 2007, the people, places and ideas that define who we are today."

Thus, the senior class elected to pack away everything from their school newspaper to clippings of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Local newspapers, including a recent edition of The Burnt Hills Spotlight, will also achieve immortality via the capsule. The high schoolers included a handwritten essay (written on acid-free paper with archival pens) about hybrid cars, a message from school superintendent Jim Schultz, and an account of how the 1957 capsule was stumbled upon.

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