BURNT HILLS: Look back, look ahead

With a GPA of 99.3 percent and the title of valedictorian, Evan Walsh would seem to be a serious student at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School.

But following graduation ceremonies Thursday, June 21, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Walsh said reaching the milestone didn't feel quite like he thought it would.

It's just a very weird feeling, said Walsh. "It doesn't feel like it actually happened."

Part of the weirdness was that Walsh, who plans to study physics in the fall at Cornell University, had his physics Regents final exam at 7 a.m. earlier that day.

"I think that put seriousness in the day, to have to get up and take a test," said Walsh. "But the test wasn't that hard after all."

In a flurry of signing yearbooks, saying goodbye to teachers, cleaning out lockers and making party plans, the senior year came to a surprisingly fast close on June 21.

Walsh said his high school career ended with a bang.

"It definitely went by way faster than I ever thought it would," said Walsh.

Evan's brother, Brady, is now entering 10th grade.

"He has a long way to go, but it won't take him long to finish up," said Evan.

Earning an impressive number of class medals, including ones in French and math, being student government organization president and belonging to many other groups, Walsh said he applied to top colleges and was accepted to about half.

"I originally had Cornell as my fall-back choice, but once I visited the campus, I knew it was right for me," said Walsh. "It's a huge campus, lots of hills, and there are 14,000 students. I think I'll fit right in."

Which of those 14,000 students will become Walsh's freshman year roommate is still a mystery.

"It will be strange sharing a room, because even my brother and I have always had our own rooms," said Walsh. "But I'm sure we'll get along."

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