Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School
PARENTS: Brian Sirianni and Catherine Bienfait
COLLEGE OR OTHER PLANS: Brown University
AFTER COLLEGE: Software engineering or pursue Ph.D
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST PART OF THE LAST YEAR OF SCHOOL, and THE MOST REWARDING: I really missed face-to-face interactions with my friends and teachers. Fortunately, I have a great group of online friends who helped me maintain and build relationships as time went on. During the summer, we had a virtual movie night every week, and we explored countless video games as a group. When my senior year began, I enjoyed in-person days in which I could once again have fun conversations between classes and during lunch. Club meetings and after school music rehearsals were very rewarding, and I liked staying after school with my teachers to talk about anything from TV shows to politics.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF DURING THE PANDEMIC/HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED: I am a dedicated trombone player, and the pandemic made me realize how much I enjoy making music with others. This year, most music festivals were cancelled, and the Conference All-State Jazz Ensemble was conducted virtually. While I enjoy practicing trombone, my favorite component of music is exchanging ideas and sharing beautiful musical moments with others. So, I’m now very excited to get involved in the music program at Brown, where I will be able to connect with other musicians once again.
WHAT IS THE MEMORY OF SCHOOL YOU WILL NEVER FORGET/WHAT WILL YOU MISS MOST ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL: In my junior year, my physics teacher announced a project: construct a cardboard and duct tape boat to race across the high school pool. At first, I thought the idea was ridiculous. To my surprise, after a couple months and several trips to Home Depot, my group and I completed the boat. We even decorated it with a banner. On the day of the race, different boats had varying degrees of success, but everyone had a great time. At the end of the class, the race turned into a battle with paddles. I don’t think that a single boat remained intact. I’m going to miss most of the simple day-to-day interactions with my friends, and the class projects that enabled us to have fun and learn at the same time.
WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER: Anything from Miles Davis to Mac Miller
FAVORITE BOOK OR AUTHOR: “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde
BEST PART ABOUT GRADUATING: No more waking up at 6:30 p.m.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU: Cornel West