On May 26, the Grytte newspaper staff toured Thomson Reuters, the world’s largest international multimedia news provider. After a brisk walk to Times Square in 90-degree heat, the boys were anxious to enter the building. The boys were then led a tour through the newsroom where the staff were able to see reporters at work and a television room, in which Reuter’s video segments were filmed. Click here to read a report by young alum and former editor of the Grytte, Chris Russo '15, who is now attending Boston College where he is an assistant news editor for the college's independent publication, The Heights.
The School’s Green Team sustainability club invited the Browning community to participate in its second Biodiversity Day on May 13. As was the case last year, groups of guest scientists, faculty, students and Green Team members used the citizen science app iNaturalist to complete a biodiversity survey in Central Park. Once the Bioblitz ended, we started our second and newest event, TEDxYouth@BrowningSchool. The number of guest and student led talks and workshops was amazing, especially for an inaugural event. Science and technology are truly strong at Browning!”
Science teacher Emilie Wolf, one of the day’s coordinators, said, "The event was epic! We are adding a legacy of environmental stewardship and global involvement through the TEDxYouth platform to Browning’s portfolio. The school community really stepped up to the plate. I was thrilled to see the Upper School boys showcase their leadership in their groups. As we saw during Community Day, when the older boys get involved, the community buy-in and enjoyment are enhanced. Our student speakers were polished, displaying hard work and the results of our excellent public speaking program. I am proud of what we accomplished as a community and truly believe in the power of involvement in making our world a better place.” A community-wide "dress down" benefited the Wild Bird Fund as well. Click here to read more details and view photos.
This spring our teams all finished strong, even bringing home one championship, thanks to the varsity baseball team! Varsity tennis players placed second at the championship tournament behind first-place Columbia Prep by one point. Varsity track members continued their success by qualifying many boys for the championships and NYSAIS track meet.
An incredible accomplishment is that Browning’s varsity baseball, tennis and golf teams were all awarded Team Sportsmanship awards by New York City Athletic League (NYCAL). An even greater feat than winning team sportsmanship in all the spring sports is that we won team sportsmanship in all 2015-16 sports (Boys Soccer, Boys Basketball, Baseball, Tennis and Golf). While the league does not do All League for Cross Country or Track, Athletics Director Andrew West ‘92 is sure that we would have won those too!
Click here to read more details of NYCAL All League Player rankings as well video and photos of the spring sports. Congratulations to all!
Browning's Science Bowl team members shined in an invitational tournament, "StuyBowl 2016," comprised of 15 teams and hosted at Stuyvesant High School on May 21. This competition allowed the boys to showcase their knowledge in chemistry, physics, biology, earth and space science, math, energy and general science. Browning was represented by three teams who competed against three teams from Stuyvesant, two teams from Hunter HS, five teams from Brooklyn Tech and two teams from Midwood HS. Browning lost in a tight and close finals match against Hunter, finishing second overall in the competition. Click here to view photos and details from Science Department Chair Sam Keany and Science Bowl coach Melodie Ting.
Boys from the sixth grade gathered on May 20 to celebrate the formal dedication of the newly renovated Lower Gym, known as the Kurani Gymnasium going forward. The space, which includes updated lighting, insulated windows, wall pads and enhanced audio visual systems for special events, was made possible thanks to a generous donation from current parents Jennifer and Jay Kurani. Click here to view photos and details.
According to Coaches Blake and Brown, the Lower School boys worked together and competed with their classmates in a variety of sporting activities at this year's Lower School Field Day. They offer the following report: The final score of the games had little value, as the spirit of the day was to spend time competing and having fun playing games. Their parents had a great time watching them play! The games, such as Rock, Paper, Scissor tag, Cat and Mouse Relays, and Stepping Stones, were fast-paced, involved teamwork, focused on different athletic skills, and allowed the boys to run and have fun together. Browning PE teachers and Form VI boys led each station.
The afternoon festivities included a tug-of-war station, 50-yard dash, team four corners tag relays, and a four-way capture the flag game. There was great competition and teamwork exhibited at each event. The boys left full of pride and a little exhausted from the running, as they all worked hard and had fun spending time together. Click here to view photos and details.
After six lead changes in Thursday's championship game, the Browning Panthers finally pulled out a 7-6 win over Loyola on May 12. Like in last year's championship game, Browning took a four-run lead into the fifth inning, ahead 6-2 before Loyola came back to tie the game at 6-6. But this time the Panthers were able to bounce back. It's very easy to get down after blowing a lead, and it's hard to stop another team's momentum. This year's squad was up to the challenge, though, thanks to the senior leadership and the whole team's effort.
Not to be overlooked in the game was the awesome fan support! Masses of faculty, parents, grandparents and students from all divisions came out to the game. Thank you for showing your Panther pride! Click here for photos and details.