BURNT HILLS: Look back, look ahead

Allocco credits hard work and the guidance of others for her tremendous success at BH-BL High School.

"I put in a lot of work, but I did get lucky, and I had great teachers who made it fun and easy to learn," said Allocco. "My high school years were great. It hasn't really sunk in that it's all over."

Allocco said she might be a bit homesick when she moves to New York City for college, but expects the rush of city life will fill in those empty spaces.

"There will be so much to do," she said. "My parents have been there with me, and the area is really nice around Columbia, and really safe."

Allocco seems to embody the true sentiments of all graduates, with one foot in the past and one already taking the big step towards the future.

"It is an ending," she admitted. "But it's a beginning at the same time, and that's what I focus on. It's a time to explore a whole new life. I'm anxious to get there.""

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