On April 18, Browning hosted an interschool Math Bowl for freshmen and sophomores. Schools participating in this close, spirited competition included Brearley, Browning, Chapin, Nightingale-Bamford and Trinity. Browning and Chapin tied for third place, while Brearley edged out Nightingale-Bamford for first place. Congratulations to all who participated!
Upper and Middle School math teacher Matt Bratnick offered details: The competition consisted of two mathematical “Jeopardy”-type rounds (one involving calculator usage and the other, non-calculator), and another round with teams composing songs about various mathematical topics. Overall, our boys had a lot of fun participating in the bowl, as well as interacting with students from different schools. Moving forward, we hope the math bowl will become an annual event. View photos.
On Wednesday, April 22, Headmaster Clement and Alumni Association President Michael Beys '89 hosted Browning's Class of 2015 at the annual Form VI Alumni Association Breakfast. Each year at this event, the senior class is formally inducted into Browning's Alumni Association and presented with engraved money clips to commemorate their upcoming graduation. Attendees and speakers at this breakfast included: Alumni Association President Michael Beys '89, Trustee and Former Alumni Association President Jeffrey Landes '83, Director of College Guidance Sandy Pelz '71, Director of Athletics Andrew West '92, Director of Communications Design Jeremy Katz '04, Headmaster Clement, Director of Alumni Affairs Laura Lanigan, Director of Institutional Advancement James Simon and Head of Upper School James Reynolds. The Alumni Association is looking forward to having these 25 new members join its ranks in June! Please click here to view photos.
David Watson, physical education teacher, reports that a new format for Upper School Field Day turned out to be a huge success!
He offers the following wrap-up: The boys, divided into three color teams with two senior captains in charge, were challenged to compete in running events, teamwork events and group games. Points scored were tabulated during the day at Randall's Island. The team with the highest points total was awarded a trophy that will then be handed down to the winners next year. Thus, "The Panther Games" were initiated for the first time and will hopefully be the start of a new school tradition!
A full team puzzle race started the games, followed by the running events consisting of a 60, 400, 1500 and 4x200 meter relay. Then came tug-of-war, Frisbee target throw, potato sack race and wheel barrow race. After a pizza lunch the teams played soccer, modified softball and touch football. The three teams were named Red, White and Black, which are Browning's colors. After some wonderful close competitions, the Black team edged out the White by 10 points, 134 -124. View photos.
On Friday, April 17, more than 130 alumni and guests returned to Browning for the annual Alumni Reunion. Alumni spanning seven decades, from the Classes of 1950 through 2013, attended along with a number of current and former faculty. The Alumni Association's highest distinction, the Class of 1938 Alumnus Achievement Award, was presented at the evening reception to Lex Haris '88, executive editor of CNNMoney. Prior to the reception, Xander Paumgarten '90 was inducted to the Athletic Hall of Fame. Earlier in the day, the entire Upper School had the opportunity to hear from an Alumni Career Panel focused on financial services. This year's panelists included Lex Haris '88, Hal Lehr '85, Graig Springer '98 and Nicholas Versandi '01, who all spent time with Browning's Finance Club following the Panel. At noon, the annual invitation-only True Grytte Society & Consecutive-Year Donors Luncheon was held for the ninth year in a row at a nearby private club. Three new members were inducted and a select group of alumni donors was recognized for giving for more than 10 (and in some cases more than 30) consecutive years to the Annual Fund. Please click here to view photos from all of the Alumni Reunion events and a short video highlighting the entire day. To support Browning with a gift to the Annual Fund, please click here. Special thanks to all who helped make this year's Alumni Reunion a success!
The Mock Trial team had its best season in Browning history, according to Marcia Wallace, advisor to the boys, who reports: The Browning team participated in a tournament with over 110 schools, both public and private, representing all five boroughs of New York City. After winning solidly in Rounds 1 and 2 against The Yeshiva University High School for Boys and The Bronx High School for Law and Community Service, our team received a bye for Round 3 as one of the 16 highest-ranked teams of the remaining 48. Browning's win against The Bronx High School for Science in Round 4 was an outstanding accomplishment!
The team collided in Round 5 with The High School for American Studies at Lehman College; it was "a match for the ages," as described by the team's lawyer/coach and past parent, Katherine Weinhoff. The judge that night stated, "This evening's trial was the very best competition I have ever been a part of, and there are lawyers out there who are being paid every day but do not handle objections or see the broader picture at the level of today's participants." The boys are proud to have concluded the season seeded #6 of the 16 teams going into this match up. The presence of three Form VI boys who have been a part of the program since Form II provided an exceptional amount of leadership and experience for the younger team members to emulate. View photos.
The Browning community had a great time at Middle School Field Day this year, according to Director of Physical Education Patricia Zeuner, who offers the following report: Boys were split into five teams for the events, and the teams’ scores were tallied throughout the morning. Upon arrival, the entire Middle School participated in a race that included every student in the division, namely, the newly introduced “puzzle race.” In relay format, students sprinted across the soccer field to receive a puzzle piece from a faculty supervisor. While speed was important, the winner was ultimately determined by the team that finished the puzzle first. It was a great display of teamwork among all four grade levels.
Ms. Zeuner added that following the puzzle race, students participated in four events within their grade level. As is cherished tradition, the boys enjoyed a pizza picnic lunch and some free time in the afternoon when they could play among friends or join organized games of soccer and “capture the flag.” The entire event was a great success, and we feel very fortunate to have had such fabulous weather! View photos.