Week in Pictures, May 9-13

Seventeen Lower and Middle School boys recently traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to compete among 2,200-plus chess players making up over 600 teams from 45 states. Next year they will compete in the super nationals, where they will face teams in grades K through 12.

On May 10, the varsity tennis team placed second in the NYCAL Tennis Tournament. Team captain Del Schunk ’16 won the #1 singles award and was undefeated with four wins. He ends his tennis career at Browning as the winningest player in the last 25 years. 

Del has won all but one of his 34 NYCAL League matches, retiring from one match due to leg cramps. He was undefeated in his six straight NYCAL Tournaments. Del was awarded the NYCAL All League Team Award and the NYCAL All League MVP Award the last two years. These awards are voted on by the coaches in the league, and coaches may not vote for their own school or player. Since Del joined the Browning tennis team, the boys have hoisted five banners: three for undefeated League and League Tournament champions, and two for League Tournament champions.

Coach Klein offered, “In the perfect culmination of his experiences, Del took the initiative as captain to lead by example through his love and commitment to the sport as soon as the season began, even coming to tryouts, and the team responded. His sense of humility while being the top player instilled a respect for the game and sportsmanship in his teammates. It has been a wonderful experience watching Del grow both as a Browning gentleman and as a tennis player over the past six years.”

Liam Kerwin '16 and Julian Orillac '16 were awarded top honors for their original poetry by the Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning Society on May 11, performing their work at the Society's annual luncheon at the National Arts Center. Their work was judged by a committee of professional poets in a competition that included 120 schools from across the NYC area. Click here to watch Kerwin and Orillac recite their works.

Four finalists from each grade in the Middle School competed in the Lyman B. Tobin Public Speaking Program on May 11. Boys recited well known works from such literary greats as Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare and Kurt Vonnegut, as well as speeches by world leaders, including John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt.

On May 12, Science Chair and Dean of Students Sam Keany spoke at the annual Black Rock Forest Consortium luncheon alongside presenters from Vassar College, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Mr. Keany is vice president of the Black Rock Forest Consortium where he taught middle and high school students last summer in the Black Rock Forest Summer Camp "Engineering from Nature." In this biomimetics class students studied insects and other vertebrates, then designed and built vehicles for hostile environments based upon inspiration from the organisms. The luncheon was attended by Headmaster Clement and Browning science teachers Chris Dunham, Julia Kingsdale, Betty Noel, Melodie Ting and Emilie Wolf.