March 7-11

Twenty-five second, third and fourth grade boys competed in this month's Lower School Laura P. Muhlfeld Spelling Bee. The winner, a third grade boy who also won last year, triumphed by correctly spelling the word “reminiscence."

The annual legacy photo was taken on March 9 in the Cook Room. Eleven alumni currently have sons attending the School. The fathers and their sons (a total of 15 boys) were all present for this year's photo shoot!

On March 9, our Mock Trial team was victorious against Global Learning Collaborative HS in Round 3 of the Mock Trial tournament. This win places the Browning team in the top 32 schools from the NYC region, out of over 100 when the season began. They compete in Round 4 on March 16 as the defense against the Ramaz School.

Ms. Kingsdale's Pre-primary class received a visit from some reptilian friends on March 10, including a ball python, courtesy of a biologist from The American Museum of Natural History.

On March 10 and March 11, Dr. Linton Wells II ’63 graciously spoke to both sections of Ms. Lien’s Form VI “Global Citizenship” class about his work with STAR-TIDES (Sharing To Accelerate Research--Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support). This effort is derived from a research project called TIDES, coordinated at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University, which is part of the U.S. Department of Defense. STAR-TIDES promotes sustainable support to stressed populations – post-war, post-disaster or impoverished – in foreign or domestic contexts, for short-term or long-term operations. Prior to establishing this organization, Dr. Wells spent 51 years with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Dr. Wells spoke with Form VI about STAR-TIDES and its global effects, as well as the importance of implementing thoughtful, sustainable technologies in developing nations. Using a range of props (including a solar cooker, an easy-to-build stove, and a solar-powered LED lamp), Dr. Wells discussed ways in which seemingly simple and rudimentary tools can mean the difference between life and death for people in the third world. In 1995, he was the recipient of Browning's Charles W. Cook '38 Alumnus Achievement Award, the Alumni Association's highest distinction.