Headed to Yale, Sheehan valedictorian looks to leave lasting legacy

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WALLINGFORD — For Brennan Lagasse, being Sheehan High School’s valedictorian is an honor, but he is more proud of the steps that earned him the top spot in the Class of 2022, including a rigorous course load and challenging extracurricular activities. 

“I am definitely very grateful for my time at Sheehan,” Lagasse said. “It’s been a time of immense personal growth, assuming responsibilities, going out of my comfort zone, finding academic passions and curiosities and then being able to translate those into change in the actual outside world.” 

Lagasse, whose parents are Maureen and Patrick Lagasse, has taken 14 advanced placement classes in addition to online multivariable calculus classes through the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. He surpassed the math offerings at Sheehan by the end of his junior year. 

Outside of classes, Lagasse was a member of the GUS Robotics team based in Meriden. The team builds industry level robots for competition. 

“It’s taken awhile to learn the nuances of how to use electronics, how to design physical systems, how to program all of that, but over the course of the past five years of my involvement, I’ve been able to really slowly grow in my capabilities and bring a lot of the material I was passionate about from school into that,” Lagasse said.   

Lagasse is also president of Sheehan’s mock trial team and the STEM team. He is vice president of the National Honor Society and and a member of the varsity tennis team. 

“You give him a challenge, he’ll take on that challenge,” said Michael Brezicki, history teacher and mock trial coach. “My work with him in mock trial, just challenging him to go past the script because he’s such a planner and so smart and so logical, just to challenge him to even get out of that comfort zone. He’s the kind of kid that will even do that. He’s very curious about his learning, obviously he’s incredibly hard working.” 

Wendy Eaton-Soto, guidance counselor, said Lagasse is also an Advanced Placement scholar with distinction, a national merit semi-finalist and semi-finalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholar program. 

“His desire to learn, it’s just innate,” Eaton-Soto said. “He’s genuine in his desire to just better himself. He’s the kind of student where it’s more than just earning an A letter grade. He will be back after school with his teachers, having dialogues about the subject matter, to delve deeper and learn more.”

After graduation, Lagasse will head to Yale University to study computer science and neuroscience.

“The school is definite, but the majors might change,” he said.   

While he’s proud to be the school’s valedictorian, he is more concerned about his impact on the school and the larger community. 

“I am definitely very proud of all of the things that I’ve done in the classes that I have taken because I have been able to leverage that to kind of make a change in the local community,” Lagasse said. “Ultimately, the titles will fade but hopefully the legacy will not.” 

Reporter Jessica Simms can be reached at jsimms@record-journal.com.


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