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Class of 2017 Welcomed Into Alumni Association

The annual Form VI Alumni Association Breakfast took place on Wednesday, April 19. Head of School John Botti and Alumni Association President Andy Sandberg '01 led the festivities in recognizing each member of the Class of 2017 with a special gift from the Alumni Association in honor of the seniors' upcoming graduation. The following officers, Trustees and alumni faculty members also spoke to the boys about their involvement with the Alumni Association: Stuart Orenstein '00 (vice president of the Alumni Association), John Moran '97 (secretary of the Alumni Association), Jeffrey Landes '83 (Trustee), Richard Weaver '75 (Trustee), Sandy Pelz '71 (director of college guidance), Andrew West '92 (director of athletics) and Jeremy Katz '04 (director of communications design). Director of Institutional Advancement Jim Simon, Head of Upper School Jim Reynolds and Director of Alumni Affairs Laura Lanigan were also in attendance. The Alumni Association looks forward to Graduation Day, when these 25 members of the Class of 2017 will officially join its ranks! Please click here to view photos.

2017 Alumni Reunion Honors Faculty Members

The annual Alumni Reunion saw a record turnout of 192 guests this year! On Friday, April 7, alumni ranging from the Classes of 1950 to 2014 returned to Browning for the Upper School assembly, True Grytte Society and Consecutive-Year Donor Luncheon, and the Reunion reception.

For the first time since its establishment in 1991, the Charles W. Cook '38 Alumnus Achievement Award was presented to two alumni faculty members: current Director of College Guidance Sanford M. Pelz '71 and former teacher and administrator Eric Ordway '67. Mr. Pelz and Mr. Ordway were honored during the reception with an award ceremony led by Head of School John Botti and Alumni Association President Andy Sandberg '01.

Earlier in the day, an Alumni Career Panel presented at the Upper School assembly and featured three alumni employed in varied fields: Spiros Frangos '87 (chief of surgery at Bellevue Hospital), Peter Gordon '84 (head of Hilltop Country Day School) and Patrick Murtaugh '97 (co-founder and brewmaster of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery). At noon, the annual True Grytte Society and Consecutive-Year Donor Luncheon was held for the 11th year at a nearby private club where guests were treated to a special musical performance by Browning's newly-formed a cappella group, the A CaPanthers.

Nearly 200 guests gathered in the Kurani Gym for the evening reception. In addition to the Charles W. Cook '38 Alumnus Achievement Award presentation, the Stephen S. Perry '76 Memorial Class Representative Awards were presented to the following class representatives: Steven G. Schott '72 (most outstanding overall), Charles B. Davis '07 (most outstanding correspondent) and Ahmed El-Razi '08, Philip Devereux-Demetriad '08 and Nicholas P. Rango '08 (most outstanding fundraisers).

Please click here to view photos. The Alumni Association is grateful to all who helped make this event possible!

2017 TEDxYouth@BrowningSchool Presents Innovation

Nearly 100 guests gathered in the Kurani Gymnasium for the second annual TEDxYouth@BrowningSchool, a live speaker series of profound innovators. Anderson Harp and Melodie Ting served as faculty advisors to the 25 Middle and Upper School boys comprising the executive team and supporting volunteers who organized the event.  

From September to February, a dynamic team of organized, self-managed and hard-working individuals met on Tuesday mornings before school to oversee the many requirements of hosting a TEDx event. Following approval of their 16-page application, an amalgamation of Browning’s student talent collectively joined their skills to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience open to anyone in the greater NYC community free of charge, namely, the TEDxYouth@BrowningSchool event. Click here to watch a video, read more details, and view photos of the event.

Annual Art Show Takes the Edge Off  Winter

In the snowy days leading up to spring break, the Browning community admired the impressive artwork created by Browning boys under the direction of art teachers Nik Vlahos and Zack Davis. The Annual Art Show, which took place in the Kurani Gym and other areas of the School, was attended by proud parents and siblings, as well as the boys, faculty and staff. With each school year, the boys outdo themselves, as the youngest ones learn the fundamentals of art and the oldest perfect their self-portraits. Please click here to view photos of the event.

Browning Grytte Staff Hosts Journalism Conference

Over 70 students from 12 New York independent schools gathered in Browning's Kurani Gymnasium for the 2017 Interschool Journalism Conference. The event, hosted by the Browning Grytte staff, gathered student journalists from across New York City for a panel with seasoned industry professionals as well as a breakout session wherein editors, writers and photographers alike could discuss the common challenges, issues and successes they face as student journalists. Click here to watch a video, read details and view photos from the conference.

A CaPanthers Debut at Acappellooza

The Browning A CaPanthers brought down the house at the annual Interschool Acappellooza hosted by Spence. Music teacher Richard Symons reports: "At least 150 students from various private schools performed to two sold-out audiences who were treated to close harmonies and incredible voices. This was the A CaPanthers' debut performance at this event and, judging by the audience's reaction, it certainly won't be their last! The boys will be back in action soon, as they take to the stage at Trinity on March 10 at 7 p.m. for Think Pink, which will raises fund for breast cancer research. Click here to watch a video, read details and view photos from the festival.

Great Minds in Science Speaker Series Continues

The Great Minds in Science Series brought two highly accomplished medical professionals to speak at Browning on February 24. Dr. David B. Levine, emeritus professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, as well as historian, author, educator and lecturer, along with Dr. Jedd D. Wolchok, chief of the melanoma and immunotherapeutics service and holder of the Lloyd J. Old Chair in Clinical Investigation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The two speakers discussed the practice of immunotherapy in combating cancer and the various career paths in medicine. Please click here to view video, read details and view photos.

Lunar Mission Accomplished!

On February 22, fifth grade boys visited the Buehler Challenger Space and Science Center for Browning's annual Mission to the Moon simulation activity. During their simulated space flight, students were responsible for tasks pertaining to an area of the mission, including navigating the spacecraft, analyzing lunar samples, and ensuring the health and safety of the flight crew. The students spent time operating both in mission control and in the spacecraft.

This experience capped off the Grade Five astronomy unit in science class, during which the students studied the nature and origins of our Moon, the Moon's effects on our tides on Earth, and the history of lunar missions, among other things. During the field trip, the students demonstrated not only a strong understanding of lunar science, but also the teamwork and focus required to undertake such a complex set of tasks. Ultimately, Browning's fifth grade mission crew completed its required assignment, successfully constructing and deploying a lunar probe and landing safely on the Moon's surface. Well done, boys! Click here to watch a video, read details and view photos from the field trip.

Winter Sports 2017 Wrap-up

The winter sports season at Browning was an overall success. Although we did not hang any new banners, I believe many teams took major strides forward as we continued to build the program to achieve more consistency. The varsity basketball team made the playoffs this year with a very young squad, while the junior varsity team won many games and made it to the playoffs as the #2 seed before losing to Calhoun due to some injuries.

The Forms I and II Red and Black teams consistently won and improved, while the fifth and sixth grade teams struggled to win but showed some nice progress nevertheless. The varsity squash team entered its second official season and continued to improve with a 6-3 overall record and increasing numbers. The fencers also represented Browning well, with many victories and great leadership. All and all, it was a great season!

Click on the following links to view additional photos and season details from the coaches for Varsity Basketball, JV Basketball, Squash, Form I/II Basketball Red, Form I/II Basketball Black, 6th Grade Basketball, 5th Grade Basketball and Fencing.

20 Years of Sharing the Ice!

The Browning/Marymount Skating Party at Wollman Rink in Central Park on February 27 marked the 20th anniversary of this annual event. Along with other members of the Browning community, Head of School John Botti and his family enjoyed the skating, music, food and raffle prizes. Mr. Botti also acknowledged our young hockey players who enjoyed an exciting and successful season. Our Squirt Select team took first place in the Lasker Cup, defeating Buckley, St. Bernard's and Saint David's, while our Mini Mite and Mite teams came in third and second in their respective tournaments. Please click here to view photos.

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