a rt i n f o c u s
SUMMER TANAGER Alexander Gottdiener ’15 8” x 8” Ink on Paper
Aaron R. Grill Honored as First STEM Chair Recipient
STEM @ The Browning School
18 From the Archives
What a Year It Was!
20 The Local Buzz
Did You Know?
Music Matters at Browning
Art in Focus (facing page): Art Department Chair Nik Vlahos explains that Alexander Gottdiener ’15, who is completing an independent study, garnered a Silver Key award for his work, “Summer Tanager,” which he entered in this year’s Scholastic Art &
3 From the Headmaster
36 Fine & Performing Arts 44 Athletics 48 Alumni Events 54 Class Notes
Writing Awards competition. Sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, this annual contest is the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens. Spring 2014
ON THE COVER The Browning community is involved in numerous projects relating to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Beginning on page 4, we highlight the School’s first STEM Chair recipient, Director of Technology Aaron R. Grill.
MISSION STATEMENT Founded in 1888 as a college preparatory school for boys, The Browning School continues its commitment to the goals of John A. Browning: the pursuit of academic excellence and a lifelong love of learning,
Stephen M. Clement, III, Headmaster Melanie S. McMahon, Director of Publications, Buzzer Editor Laura N. Lanigan, Director of Alumni Affairs SPRING BUZZER CONTRIBUTORS Mary Bosworth, History Teacher Kevin Dearinger, English Teacher Andrew H. West ’92, Athletic Director Contributing photographers: Christine Bramble, Rossa Cole Photography, Marty Hyman Photography, Jeremy Katz ’04, Melanie McMahon, Laura Lanigan and Sandy Pelz ’71.
the belief in the dignity of the individual, and the development of personal integrity and responsibility to the broader community. The Browning boy develops amid these values. The Browning alumnus is a good citizen, sensitive to the needs of others, and respectful of divergent yet informed opinions. He is, in the best sense of the word, a gentleman.
Design by Misty Wilt Graphic Design LLC BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2013–14 James S. Chanos, President William L. Jacob, III, Vice President William S. Kingson PP’98, Vice President Thomas S. Hexner, Treasurer Richard L.N. Weaver ’75, Assistant Treasurer R. Thomas Herman ’64, Secretary Celeste A. Guth, Assistant Secretary Stephen M. Clement, III, Headmaster Michael P. Beys ’89, President, Alumni Association Alka K. Singh, President, Parents Association H. Kenneth Metz, First Vice President, Parents Association Mildred J. Berendsen, Honorary Trustee Allan L. Gropper PP’93, PP’06, Honorary Trustee Laura Z. Barket Paul A. Burke Stuart J. Ellman Elizabeth Granville-Smith Philip A. Hofmann Ling S. Kwok P’21 Jeffrey M. Landes ‘83 David J. Liptak P’20, P’21 Jeffrey S. Olson P’17, P’19
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DIVERSITY STATEMENT The Browning School strives to create a diverse community in which all members are safe, respected and valued. We believe that in actively promoting a diverse learning environment, we are fostering intellectual, social and emotional growth for all. Recognizing and pursuing diversity, however, are not enough; we seek to transcend mere tolerance of differences and aspire to a celebration of the varied appearances, abilities, perspectives and values that characterize our community.
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from the headmaster
Leadership in All Its Many Forms The topic of this issue’s
Valley in February where boys
Peer Leaders are boys
am amused by the way
meet for fun and for large and
in Form VI who meet
the nature of leadership.
weekly to discuss
if he is alluding to my
proud to note a new
their own leadership
election as president of the
styles and skills.
column is leadership. I
I have been portrayed in
this drawing by a Lower School boy; I wonder style of leadership as
On February 3, we
held a quiet but happy
celebration at the newly refurbished Regency Hotel, situated on Browning’s block (or vice versa). The occasion was to
celebrate Browning’s investments passing the $50 million
mark. For many years, Browning did not have the financial
reserves equal to its status as a venerable institution. Over the past decade, under the leadership of the Board of Trustees,
Browning has moved towards securing an enviable financial position. The strong stock market results for 2013, the low
management fees charged by Vanguard which handles our
investments, and the generosity of the Browning community led by the Board of Trustees have yielded the strongest
financial position of the School in 126 years. Former and
current Trustees raised a glass at the Regency to recognize the past and toast the future.
Perhaps inspired by external leadership, at Browning we all
benefit from the Peer Leadership program under the guidance of Dean of Students Sam Keany. Each year many applicants
from Form V go through a rigorous selection process including written essays and group and individual interviews. Peer
Leaders are boys in Form VI who meet weekly to discuss their
own leadership styles and skills. They also meet regularly with boys in other grades to discuss topics such as bullying, drugs
and alcohol use, and general behavioral norms. The older boys speak from personal experience and are helpful in changing behavior and setting a positive tone at school. They also
provide leadership for the three-day Interschool retreat at Frost
and girls from six schools
small group discussions on Finally, I am personally
leadership post: my recent Headmasters Association. “Headmasters,” as it is
commonly known, is an
organization of 100 school heads, men and women, public and private, from
around the country which
meets annually in February.
The sole purpose is fellowship and sharing of ideas. The organization is unique as the membership is defined to include 20
public school principals
or superintendents and 80
independent school heads.
I was honored to be elected
president for the 2014-15 cycle.
Our School founder, John A. Browning, was a member of
Headmasters from 1905 to 1921, and our honorary Trustee, Mildred J. Berendsen, Headmistress Emerita of the Chapin
School, was one of the first two women to be elected in 1982. Recent presidents have come from schools such as Groton,
Exeter, Roxbury Latin and Harvard Westlake, so Browning is in good company.
As you peruse this issue of the Buzzer, I believe you will
see the results of good leadership at work: Trustees, faculty, alumni and the boys themselves. Grytte.
Stephen M. Clement, III Headmaster Spring 2014
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Director of Technology Aaron R. Grill
Honored as First STEM Chair Recipient
ith over 100 family members, friends
at the School. In teaching Intro to Computer Science and
Director Aaron R. Grill was honored
uses the flipped classroom model in which the boys watch
and faculty in attendance, Technology on November 11 as the first recipient
of The Browning School’s STEM Chair. This endowed
teaching chair honors a faculty member who advances
the School’s mission in supporting science, technology,
engineering and mathematics and was established thanks to a $2 million gift from an anonymous donor.
A video presentation and remarks by Headmaster
Clement, Board of Trustees President Jim Chanos, Board member Stuart Ellman, Dean of Faculty and English
Chair Mike Ingrisani, Philippe Laffont and, of course,
the honoree himself, made for a celebratory evening in
recognition of Aaron’s many accomplishments during his 11 years at Browning.
Born in Kansas and now a Brooklyn resident, Aaron
earned an undergraduate degree in elementary and middle
Advanced Computer Science in the Upper School, Aaron
online lectures given by a Stanford University professor as homework and then do their programming during class.
This teaching strategy is particularly successful, as it allows the boys to ask questions of him or their classmates while working on their projects.
Aaron and the other members of the technology depart-
ment discuss how technology can be used most productively at Browning. In recent years there have been major changes in the School’s approach to technology, including the introduction of Google Apps, upgraded infrastructure, moving
the critical data off site and the outsourcing of web servers.
Aaron notes that with critical data off site, communications within the Browning community are protected in circumstances such as Hurricane Sandy.
Aaron is proud to be the first holder of the STEM Chair
school education and master’s in educational technology
and is proud of the accomplishments made by the technol-
he moved to New York in 2003 and became Browning’s tech-
offers classes for students in nearly every grade. From Pre-
from the University of Kansas. After completing his degrees,
nology coordinator. In 2008, he became director of technology. Aaron’s role at Browning combines education and
technology. He is a classroom teacher and also respon-
sible for planning the direction technology should take
ogy department in general. He says, “Our department now Primary to Form VI, Browning boys learn topics such as
programming, robotics, design and digital literacy. Engaging the boys with these concepts at a young age allows them to tackle more complex subjects.”
In teaching Intro to Computer Science and Advanced Computer Science in the Upper School, Aaron uses the flipped classroom model in which the boys watch online lectures given by a Stanford University professor as homework and then do their programming during class.
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@ In the months since Director of Technology Aaron Grill received the STEM Chair in November (see pages 4 and 5), Browning boys and faculty members have been involved in numerous projects and competitions relating to science, Melanie McMahon
technology, engineering and mathematics. The hands-on
nature of their activities engages and excites the boys on so many levels and canâ€™t help but facilitate learning and inquisitiveness. Read on to learn more about their work.
BROWNING BOYS TAKE HEAVENLY TRIPS TO PLANETARIUM…AND BEYOND! ower and Upper School Science teacher Stephanie Seto, accompanied by faculty members Susan Kehoe and Caitlin Coleman, led third grade boys on a field trip to the
American Museum of Natural History in February where they enjoyed a virtual trip to the Moon in the Hayden Planetarium, explored the Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites, and concluded their studies in The Cullman Hall of the Universe within the Rose Center. The trip coincided with the boys’ current study of space and planets.
The outing alone would have been exciting enough, but
because of a recent snowfall, the Browning boys received a special treat. Ms. Seto explained, “Due to the weather, we
were the only school group at the museum. We had the en-
Hall of the Universe explores the nature and evolution of
celestial bodies; there the boys explored the questions that astrophysicists attempt to answer. This impressive hall is
divided into four zones, including planets, stars, galaxies and the universe.
The boys were able to discover their weight on the
tire planetarium to ourselves!”
Moon, as well as on Saturn, Jupiter, a neutron star and the
launch (complete with ground shaking) and was created
liamette Meteorite, a 15-ton shard of cosmic debris. The
The virtual trip to the Moon simulates a NASA rocket
using NASA engineering models and scientific data.
Browning boys orbited the Earth and enjoyed the view of a
sunrise as experienced by astronauts in space. They learned about the challenges of space travel and Moon landings,
as well as the differences between the Moon and the Earth they live on.
The Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites explores the origins
of meteorites, which are “leftovers” or remnants of planets, asteroids and perhaps even comets; there the boys uncovered clues to the birth of the solar system. The Cullman
Sun. One of the highlights of the planets zone was the Wilboys were able to touch it and then described how it felt.
They were also encouraged to think about all the different types of galaxies, the kinds of objects in our solar system,
what the surface of the Sun looks like, and what happens to stars at the end of their lives.
Science teacher Emilie Wolf and her astronomy
students also took a trip to the AMNH to view many of
these same exciting exhibits, as well as the new space show, “Dark Universe.”
BROWNING CAPTURES ITS FIRST SCIENCE BOWL TROPHY
ovember 16, 2013, was a day that the Browning
community will not soon forget as the science
team won its first Interschool Science
Bowl! This competition is held annually
Philip van Scheltinga ’14
between the eight schools that comprise the Interschool organization: Trinity,
Collegiate, Spence, Nightingale, Dalton, Brearley, Chapin
eight players in total, sat at two separate tables with buzzers
performed admirably, but the team was never able to
correctly answering a toss-up question, a team was given a
and, of course, Browning. In the past, Browning has always emerge victorious over the larger institutions that make up Interschool until now.
With several seniors on the team this year, the boys came
into the competition fully intent on winning. Every Monday during eighth period, these boys held mock competitions
in the science lab under the guidance of Ms. Ting. They also
studied during their spare time for the seven topics covered
in the science bowl, including general science, earth science,
in hand, ready to answer a four-point toss-up question. Upon 10-point bonus question in 20 seconds. Whenever the Browning team was winning, the boys used the full 20 seconds
available to them to answer the bonus question, which the
other team was not allowed to answer, in order to run down
the clock. This piece of tactical ingenuity allowed the team to advance to the championship round against Trinity with the second-most wins.
At half time of this tense match, Trinity was a mere four
astronomy, chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology.
points ahead of Browning. In the second half, however,
seen studying in the library with books sprawled out over a
Haack ’14 and Griffin Bassman ’14 were called the heroes
In the days leading up to the big event, students could be
table, and in class practicing their mental mathematical skills without using a calculator.
On competition day, the boys’ preparations paid off as
they won five out of six games in the preliminary rounds.
During games, a team of four students faced off against an
individual school in two eight-minute halves. The two teams,
“At Browning, I learned skills that have been crucial to my career,
including how to think critically,
organize my thoughts and express myself clearly.”
–George Cabrera III ’98, Facebook technical lead
Browning dominated, blowing out Trinity. Captains Chris of the day, answering many of the questions and serving as rallying points for the rest of the team. Isaac Barrezueta ’14,
Michael Adeleye ’14 and Armaan Rawat ’15 also performed
very well. The event was a tremendous success, and the team was very thankful for those who came out to support them. –Philip van Scheltinga ’14
“I was born interested in
science, but Browning certainly helped to propel me towards a career in science.”
–Dr. Michael Alpert ’01, founder, Immunathon, a vaccine technology startup
SCIENCE DEPARTMENT CHAIR ELECTED TO OFFICE cience Chair and Dean of Students Sam Keany was recently elected vice president of the board of directors of the
Black Rock Forest Consortium. He looks
forward to supporting the consortium as it moves toward its strategic goals of promoting research, education and conservation within its local forest setting in the Hudson Highlands. Browning is a founding member of the consortium, which is entering its 25th year and now constitutes 27 member schools, colleges and scientific institutions.
SCIENCE CLASS STUDIES LOCAL BIODIVERSITY
cience teacher Emilie Wolf reports on a late fall trip made to Central Park: The conservation biology students braved the cold and met up with Ken Chaya, one of the developers of The
Definitive Illustrated Map of Central Park, at the 72nd Street entrance of Central Park for a guided tour of our local biodiversity. On our 90-minute promenade through the Ramble, we saw 17 species of birds and stopped to identify 30 different species of trees and shrubs.
Central Park was ingeniously designed by Freder-
ick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux; they created a vast array of habitats which explains the amazing diversity we observed. As Mr. Chaya emphasized, Central Park is an important green oasis in a desert of concrete for
migrant bird species; seven of 10 bird species observed were simply passing through, resting and feeding in Central Park before continuing their flight south.
Although not all species found in Central Park are
native and a few are even invasive (European starling),
the diversity present in Central Park makes it a dynamic
MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS PRESENT MATH AND SCIENCE PROJECTS highlight of the year for many in the Browning community, Middle School Math-Science Night was held in February. Math Department Chair Michael Klein and Science Department Chair
Sam Keany offer the following synopsis of this popular event: Annually, students in Grade 5 to Form II perform original
science experiments incorporating increasing mathematical rigor into their research. This year, the boys presented their math and science projects to faculty and parents. The new
cafeteria and lower gym proved to be versatile event locations providing spacious and comfortable viewing of
projects for boys in grades five, six and Form I. Form II boys presented their
work on SMART Boards
to small groups of parents in symposium formats in
the new library and technology center and classroom spaces.
and, most of all, precious New York City landmark.
ENGINEERING STUDENTS COMPETE ON NATIONAL LEVEL he rise of Browning’s STEM curriculum has introduced the boys, beginning in the Lower School, to courses
that focus on computer science and engineering. One of these new classes,
Thomas McCormack ’14
Advanced Engineering, has captivated the interest of the Upper School boys, the
faculty and parents. As part of the course, the class participates
In the race, Clutch Motorsports struggled with the narrow
track and ended up in fourth place. The Browning boys felt they
in the Ten80 Student Racing Challenge Competition.
had given their best; in the overall placing, Browning took second
to reach nationals by competing against high schools across
Advanced engineering design teacher Mr. Sambuca was ecstatic
against each other in regional contests. Points are earned
creating a clean visual design or driving a certain maneuver.
team has been diligently working on individual and group
funds. The winners of the regionals advance to the nationals,
identity and website. Jonathan Flinchum and Christopher Haack
This competition is a year-long challenge for students
place, an achievement for the team’s first year in the competition.
America to build and tune radio-controlled cars, then racing
upon hearing the announcer call Clutch Motorsports to claim its
through winning races, overcoming engineering challenges,
Since October’s competition, Mr. Sambuca reports that the
Other tasks involve creating business plans and raising
projects. Ani Akpan ’14 has been developing the team’s brand
held this May at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
have been working on the RoboCar challenge using an Arduino
Clutch Motorsports) was able to secure a second place finish.
autonomously. Jacob King has been upgrading the competition
America Headquarters in Waltham, Mass. After arriving at the
Perochena ’14 and Ty York ’14 have been learning Solidworks in
boys and introduced them to their competition. The space was
Dietzgen ’14 and I are working on the business components to
In Browning’s first regional competition, the class (dubbed
microprocessor to make the car drive around an oval track
The competition was hosted at Dassault Systèmes North
car with aluminum and carbon fiber parts. Juan Pablo Llamas-
competition, the U.S. Army sponsors called up the Browning
order to design a new chassis and an aerodynamic car body. Conor
filled with competing teams and schools that were there to
make sure the team is funded for competition.
observe and learn for future competitions.
The first contest was to answer trivia questions. The Army
The team hosted a bake sale that raised $571.00; the proceeds
helped purchase apparel, car parts, a vinyl banner and promotional
officers walked around asking what category the students
merchandise. Michael Adeleye ’14 and Christopher Stephens ’14
Army facts. Senior Chris Haack ’14 resounded with many
including monthly challenges, website articles and weekly updates.
would like to answer questions in: math, science, history or
have served as utility players, helping with a variety of tasks,
shouts of “MATH!!! MATH!!! MATH!!!” Chris is currently
–Thomas McCormack ’14
enrolled in the Interschool math elective at Spence and quickly “buzzed” through the many rounds of math questions, earning Browning its first points.
The team then moved to the engineering room, where
Jacob King ’14 and Jonathan Flinchum ’14 were tasked with finding the engineering solution of how to fix a broken car.
The boys were victorious and one of the only teams that day to fully fix and analyze their vehicle, giving Clutch Motorsports more points.
The next task was mine, I had to introduce Clutch
Motorsports to the competition and explain the team’s goals
and progress. With more points earned, the team moved to the final task: the race.
Upper School Boys Take on Math Challenges
With Cakes and Without Calculators!
Ms. Resika also notes that in
Judit Resika and
February, 20 Upper School boys took
AP Calculus class
nationwide math challenge. The boys
the boys in her
literally sliced their way through some Bundt cakes as they learned how
to calculate the volume of a solid of
revolution using the “cylindrical shell
method.” Ms. Resika explained, “I baked two cakes and the boys ‘sliced’ them in
an unusual way, then took the integral in order to calculate the volume.”
the American Math Competitions, a
AMC 12: Forms V and VI School winner: Griffin Bassman 2) Brendan Walsh and
Isaac Barrezueta (same score)
were given 75 minutes to solve 25
3) Christopher Haack
She had prepared them well during
AMC 10: Forms III and IV
problems without using a calculator. her Monday morning math team
meetings, especially for what she
describes as “the sometimes tricky
questions!” The results are as follows:
School winner: Andrew Medland 2) Michael Lee
3) Michael Zuppone The boys look forward to competing in
The Browning School Math Bowl in May.
“Browning gave me a fine education
across the board. My interest in biology might have been triggered sooner with
the facilities available at Browning today.” –Dr. Thomas Lovejoy ’59, founder, “Nature” PBS series
“A good scientist isn’t just a smart person, he is a good person, because the pursuit of science is ultimately to help people.” –Leland Stillman ’06, University of Virginia School of Medicine
LOWER AND MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS BUILD ROBOTS AND DESIGN TOYS r. Droke’s first grade
to design a toy that specifically meets
that these toys shared certain char-
work with LEGO
empathy and research skills in the
intuitively played without reading a
boys have begun to
WeDo robotics. Each
boy has a partner and works through the build instructions on an iPad to
build a robot. Eventually they learn
how to program them using the WeDo software and Scratch.
Mr. Droke’s fourth grade boys work
in their Scratch Designer’s Notebook where they complete different chal-
lenge and problem-based questions to
develop their programming skills. They learn how to define the purpose of a
variety of games and to critically think of ways to improve them. As the boys
move through the introductory stages of programming, Mr. Droke stresses
how important it is to always have their overall purpose in mind.
Mr. Droke’s sixth grade boys have
been “hired” by the first grade class
their needs and wants, developing
process. The sixth graders must create
a shared knowledge of toys to be used as they research, develop, produce
and market an original toy. The toys
are designed on Tinkercad, a browserbased 3D design platform, and made on 3D printers or the laser cutter in
the technology lab. Each design team
was assigned a toy and had to state its purpose, define
talk about how it makes them feel, and research its
history. The teams presented their findings to the entire class.
acteristics, such as their ability to be
set of instructions. This allowed for a conversation about how simple toys are sometimes more effective, better designed and more well-loved than
complicated toys, thereby impacting the design team’s initial ideas about
their toys by making them think more realistically and practically about their design.
After studying the design of arched, truss, cable-stay, suspension and elevator bridges of New York, second grade boys designed and constructed their own bridges, many combining elements from various styles.
ENGINEER PRESENTS WORKSHOP FOR ALGEBRA STUDENTS
n January, Mark Love, an educator and a former engineer, returned to
Browning and conducted
a mathematics workshop with all of the Form II algebra students
during two 90-minute sessions. Math Department Chair
Michael Klein reports that the boys, armed with only
a pencil, one piece of paper, a calculator, and an eraser (engineers make lots of mistakes!), applied their
algebra and problem-solving skills to a real-world
task, namely, the construction of a mall along a major
thoroughfare requiring the installation of traffic lights. Variables were defined and simultaneous equations
derived to design an efficient, safe and fair system of lights to optimize traffic flow.
Mr. Klein explained, “Experiencing a concrete con-
nection between what the students learn in the class-
room and how that can be used outside of academics
is a powerful learning tool. The reaction by the boys to
this workshop has been incredibly positive. They were still trying to solve the challenge problem during the
study hall following the workshop. The success of this
experience has been such that it is an annual part of the Form II mathematics program.”
BROWNING FEATURED IN MAKERBOT VIDEO n 2011, The Browning School acquired a MakerBot
Thing-O-Matic, a 3-D printer that allows our boys to
create colorful plastic models of objects. This machine
can literally turn a three-dimensional computer model
into a physical object. Engineers, architects and other
professionals, as well as hobbyists and students, use this
machine to make models of designs that they conceive or, alternately, download from the parent company website.
Since 2011, even our Pre-Primary boys have learned about
MakerBot in their technology classes. As part of a MakerBot
series of website stories (on makerbot.com) highlighting how Replicator 3D printers are used in education, The Browning
School was pleased to welcome Blake Eskin, editor, and Annelise Jeske, videographer. Headmaster Clement and Director of
Academic Technology Jeremy Sambuca, along with a number of Browning boys, lent their expertise and commentary for a
video explaining Browning’s use of MakerBot and the School’s embrace of technology in recent years. You may view a video of this segment on the School’s website.
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What a Year It Was! As we welcome spring here at Browning, we reflect on the many highlights of the School’s past 125th anniversary year, celebrated in each of the 2013 Buzzer editions. The following timeline serves as a pleasant reminder “at-a-glance” of the many accomplishments and accolades to be proud of!
Dr. Gerald J. Protheroe
The Barket Balcony is
is inducted as the
formally dedicated in honor
second recipient of the
of the late Keith Barket,
Stephen M. Clement, III
former Browning Trustee
Chair for the Humanities
Business Insider names
The 125th anniversary flag
The Parents Association
The 125th Anniversary
Browning is featured
Browning to its list of “10
is raised with the entire
Benefit, held at the
Alumni Reunion honors
on the Reuters boards
Elite Prep Schools That
school community in
American Museum of
Browning’s first student,
in Times Square as
Have Produced Wall
Natural History, honors
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (Class
part of a promotion by
Steven M. Clement, III’s
of 1893). Justin A. Rockefeller,
the NY Association of
25th year as Headmaster
his great-grandson, accepted
Street’s Biggest Names”
The Annual Fund enjoys a
The Summer Buzzer is
President of the Board of
The School is literally
The Class of 2000
record year set by alumni in
mailed with a replica of the
Trustees James S. Chanos
wrapped with a red ribbon
terms of number of donors
1920 inaugural Buzzer in
hosts a reception at his
and bow in recognition of
Series features Trustee
and dollars raised; pictured
celebration of the School’s
home for past Trustees
Browning’s 125th birthday
Tom Herman ’64, former
is Michael Beys ’89,
to honor their leadership
reporter and journalist at
as the School celebrates
The Wall Street Journal
President, Alumni Council
Ralph Gardner ’71 features
A festive party in
STRONG & TRUE is
Director of Technology
In honor of Browning’s
Browning and its 125th
honor of Browning’s
launched to the public
Aaron R. Grill, pictured
125th and to commemorate
year in his Wall Street
125th concludes with
through the mailing of a
with son Calvin, is
their sons’ graduation,
the announcement by
letter and case statement
inducted as the first
the 2013 Form VI parents
President of the Board of
recipient of the School’s
establish a fund to
Trustees James S. Chanos
STEM Chair (see story on
preserve the School’s
of STRONG & TRUE: The
archive collection; archival
Campaign for Browning;
material is featured as
more than 600 guests
part of the spring and fall
enjoy a tour of the new
Annual Fund appeals, at
library and tech center,
Alumni Reunion, and in the
cafeteria and reading
lobby display cases and
terrace that evening
from the archives
On a cold winter morning 64 years after his death in February, 1950, the life of Albert Herter (Class of 1889), Browning’s “first boy in school,” brightens my day. Turning his file card over, I read a type-written note: “Mr. Browning was Albert Herter’s tutor several years before the School started. In 1888 Tracy Dows, Morton Nichols and Everit Macy joined the class, and that was the start of The Browning School.” I learned, too, that one of Albert’s sons, Christian Archibald Herter (Class of 1911), also attended Browning. Father and son lived as luminaries in two different worlds, art and politics, respectively. –M.M.
ALBERT HERTER CLASS OF 1889
tian who became Governor of Massachusetts; these works
Born in 1871 in New York City, Albert Herter was an artist
also graced numerous magazine covers. Today, his art can be
and painter. He later studied and lived for many years in
Paris. As a married man, he and his wife spent a great deal
of time in Santa Barbara, Calif., at the family estate, El Mir-
asol, where he died. Before Albert was even born, his father and his father’s half-brother founded Herter Brothers, a
prominent New York interior design and furnishings firm. While Albert was commissioned to produce numerous
portrait paintings, he also created civic and private murals. In fact, in 1915 he painted the four murals in the Supreme Court Room of the Wisconsin State Capitol; eight of his untitled
murals are also housed in the Los Angeles Public Library.
Albert’s most famous murals, however, were dedicated
to his sons Everit and Christian.
Everit died fighting in combat in World War I just
months before the armistice. Like his parents, he had also
studied to be a painter. Albert created the mural, “Le Départ des Poilus, Août 1914,” in tribute to Everit’s memory and in 1926 presented it to the company that operated one of the
largest train stations in France. The website, Invisible Paris,
hang in the Massachusetts State House in Boston. His work
viewed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of
Modern Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and in private collections.
“A Dubious Lineage: Short Stories by Albert Herter,”
published by Herter Studio, includes Albert’s memories of
Browning. In this book he writes, “My tutor [Mr. Browning,
who later founded The Browning School in New York City], who was middle-aged and had a large mustache which he
twirled a great deal…dressed all summer in a heavy cutaway coat with unusually long tails and consequently perspired a lot, mopping his face all through lessons with an enormous
handkerchief. Among other things, I studied botany with him and every day gathered specimens to dissect and classify, il-
lustrating my notes with water colors…With this man, whom I profoundly respected and genuinely liked, a great deal of ground was covered in two years so that at 17, I had been
over what would otherwise have been an active university course and was ready for Paris and Art.”
Albert also wrote, “To my tutor, Mr. Browning, who after-
notes, “[The mural] describes a scene which would have
wards had a successful school in New York, I owe a tremen-
flict. It is…built around a triangular trinity of the father, the
my lessons: something of the art of living, a working philoso-
been a typical one in this railway location during the con-
mother, and the departing (soon to be dearly departed) son.” Albert executed five other murals dedicated to Chris-
dous debt, for he taught me things much more important than phy, self control, patience and moral abstemiousness…Mr.
Browning, without prejudice or personal bias, read with me the
Mr. Browning, without prejudice or personal bias, read with me the philosophies which had most influenced civilization, making understandable such parts of them as might have been obscure to a young mind but never stressing his personal leanings. THE
philosophies which had most influenced civilization, making understandable such parts of them as might have been obscure to a young mind but never stressing his personal
leanings. He left me free to choose the teachings of Confu-
cius, Buddha or Christ, or any other great spiritual leader as a guide, only indicating that the fundamental principles of
needs of the peoples among whom they had originated.”
during which time
them all were the same, adapted or interpreted to meet the
CHRISTIAN A. HERTER CLASS OF 1911 Albert and Adele’s other son, Christian, was appointed 53rd
1919 to 1924,
he also served as
of the European Relief Council between 1920 and 1921. He subsequently worked as a newspaper editor, a
Secretary of State on April 22, 1959, and remained in that
lecturer at Harvard University, and he served in the
istration on January 20, 1961. Christian’s illustrious political
1943, where he became Speaker of the House in 1939.
position until the end of the Dwight D. Eisenhower admin-
career is detailed online, compiled by the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian. An excerpt follows.
Whether working for the U.S. Government or in the
private sector, Herter dedicated much of his adult life to
serving his country and shaping its role in world affairs.
Herter was born in Paris, France, on March 28, 1895, and attended the École Alsatienne from 1901 to 1904, before
Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1931 to Herter then won a seat in the United States Congress as a
representative from Massachusetts, where he served until 1953. Following his time in Congress, Herter was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 1953, a position he held
until 1957, when he became Under Secretary of State in President Eisenhower’s second administration.
Due to the failing health of Secretary of State John
moving to New York City and graduating from The
Foster Dulles, Herter was appointed Secretary of State on
degree from Harvard University in 1915, Herter served in
until January 20, 1961. Herter passed away in Washington,
Browning School in 1911. Upon receiving a bachelor’s the U.S. Embassy in Germany from 1916 to 1917. He held the position of Secretary of the U.S.
April 22, 1959, and, noted above, remained in that position D.C., on December 30, 1966.
Herter played an active role in U.S. diplomacy
Commission to Negotiate Peace (1918-1919) at the Paris
throughout his life, whether he was working for the
position seems fitting in light of his brother Everit’s
While in Congress, a report that was written in a committee
Peace Conference following the First World War. [The
death in combat during this war.] After his initial tenure
at the Department of State, Herter continued to advance his career in both the public and private arenas. He was
the personal assistant to Secretary of Commerce Herbert
Department of State or the U.S. House of Representatives. he chaired initiated proposals that led to President Harry Truman’s Marshall Plan, in which the United States gave $13 billion in reconstruction aid to Europe following the Second World War.
the local buzz
MOCK TRIAL DEMONSTRATES TALENT AND HARD WORK In February, the Browning mock trial team presented an assembly for the Upper School boys. Advisor and math teacher Marcia Wallace reports: “The Lower
Katherine Weinhoff, a former Browning parent and law professor at Fordham University.”
Ms. Weinhoff said, “We have a motto: hard work beats
Gym was transformed into a spectacular court room,
talent when talent doesn’t work hard. This morning’s
skills as orators, lawyers and witnesses. This year’s
Browning men are both talented and exceptionally hard
and 15 young men displayed their knowledge and
case involved a suit by a farmer against a petroleum company alleging that their practice of fracking
performance clearly demonstrated that these young workers. For them, the best is yet to come.”
Ms. Wallace noted, “It also was an honor to have
resulted in the contamination of his water supply,
Scott Wise acting as judge for the proceedings. Mr. Wise
the health of his family members. Six witnesses gave
prestigious law firm of Davis Polk & Wardell where
negatively impacting his crops, livestock and even testimony and were questioned by three lawyers
representing each side. The team was coached by
is a former Browning parent and current litigator at the he is a member of the litigation department. Mr. Wise
offered the boys a constructive list of ideas to make the team even stronger as they approach their next round of competition.” Over the years, Mr. Wise has
represented clients in products liability, antitrust, mergers and
acquisitions, contracts, consumer protection, tax, and securities
litigation in courts throughout the United States. He also has
represented clients in domestic
and international arbitrations and
mediations and has served as a partyappointed arbitrator.
Steve Jasikoff, history teacher, and Elizabeth Suárez, Spanish teacher, accompanied a group of Form II and III boys to the United Nations Headquarters in February as part of an interdisciplinary activity; the “Golden Rule” mosaic based on Norman Rockwell’s painting appears here.
UPPER SCHOOL BOYS ATTEND IVY LEAGUE MODEL UN Form II and III Boys Visit UN Headquarters in New York History Department Chair Gerald Protheroe and a delega-
cess leading up to
Ivy League Model United Nations Conference (ILMUNC)
ing applying for
tion of 20 Browning boys attended the 30th session of the
hosted by the International Affairs Association at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Kevin Dearinger,
English teacher, also accompanied the delegates. ILMUNC is often referred to as “the premier Model United Nations
conference for high school students.” Browning boys gath-
ered with students from around the world to participate in a weekend of debate, learning and problem-solving. The
boys were placed on a number of committees with topics
as diverse as “Preventing an Arms Race in Space” to “International Regulation of Human Cloning.”
Mr. Protheroe provided the following report upon the
group’s return: “ILMUNC 30 was the biggest UN in their
history with over 3,000 students attending from all across the United States, Latin America and China. Peter Florescu and Jamil Guzman (pictured, right) received Outstanding Del-
egate awards for their work on the United Nations Human
Rights Council. This was a remarkable achievement, as both
were alternates for boys who were unable to attend. Peter was
their trip, includa seat on the Ad Hoc Committee of the Secretary
General, which is
a crisis committee and quite selec-
tive. Mr. Protheroe
noted “Model UN is a great experience for boys interested in international affairs. ILMUNC is based on the United
Nations formed in 1945. Since that time, we can argue that we are sitting here safely, but if we were to enter another
world war, it would be important to know why.” He said
that a successful Model UN delegate will need to know the issues, have knowledge of parliamentary procedures and be able to research and write well. Mr. Protheroe said the
event is an opportunity to meet all sorts of people from different countries in formal and more casual settings.
At the conclusion of the assembly, Upper School Head
asked to join with only a week to go! Jamil should be congrat-
Jim Reynolds advised the boys to take their global citi-
young partner understood his role and maintained his energy
world. “Pick up a newspaper and follow an issue,” he said.
ulated for his excellence in debate and for ensuring that his
level throughout the three days. Many thanks to the irreplaceable Mr. Dearinger for his strong support of the delegation.” During an Upper School Assembly earlier in January,
Mr. Protheroe and a number of the boys described the pro-
zenship seriously and be aware of what’s going on in the “Even if you are not part of Model UN, you need to be
aware.” He then addressed the boys attending Model UN, stating, “Best of luck, and thank you for your energy and effort in representing The Browning School.”
THIRD GRADE BOYS TAKE TRIP TO TEATOWN RESERVATION The third grade boys enjoyed a trip to Cliffdale Farm
got to go inside a replicated longhouse and wigwam.
Caitlin Coleman reports: â€œWe had the opportunity to
cooked food in a fire circle and created various tools. A
at Teatown Reservation in Ossining, N.Y. Teacher
learn more about the Lenape tribe and how they used resources in the New York area to survive. The boys
They also experienced how the Woodland Natives
highlight was playing Native American games, such as throwing darts through a moving hoop!â€?
SPELL-BINDING MOMENTS DURING LAURA P. MUHLFELD SPELLING BEES High-fives, handshakes, pats on the back and loud ap-
plause were the order of the morning during the Laura P.
Muhlfeld Spelling Bee in March as the Lower School final-
that this long-standing annual contest was later re-named for Laura Muhlfeld, a retired faculty member.
The boys in the bee were not easily stumped, having
ists (second, third and fourth graders) encouraged and
studied so diligently with teachers and family members to
Gruhn said, “This was one of the most intense, competi-
in front of so many, and making a valiant attempt to spell
complimented one another. Head of Lower School Laurie tive and impressive spelling bees in Lower School history! We owe tremendous thanks to Kevin Dearinger, moderator, and our judges, Susan Levine and Sarah Murphy, for
prepare and make it to the finals. To be so young, standing words such as “occasionally” or “rhinoceros” takes true
“grit” or, as sometimes spelled here at Browning, “grytte.” The Middle School finalists made an impressive
their ears, eyes, insight and compassion. I am pleased to
showing at the Laura P. Muhlfeld Spelling Bee the next
and runner-up was second grader Sebastian Brown.”
“There was tension, there were tears, there was laughter,
announce that the winner was fourth grader Kabir Kurani, Mr. Dearinger spoke to the boys beforehand, breaking the
ice and quelling nerves by asking participants and the rest of audience if they knew how to spell his last name. Like many of the homophones (weather, whether; steak, stake) they
would soon be challenged by, “Dearinger” can take on many different spellings as well, he said. Mr. Dearinger also noted
day. Head of Middle School Chris Dunham reported,
and there was some top-notch spelling! A huge thanks to Mr. Dearinger for moderating and to Ms. Hurwitz and
Ms. Murphy for judging. The winner was Daniel Kravitz, Form II, for the second year in a row; first runner-up was sixth grader Keaton Ramey, and second runner-up was fifth grader Fazeel Khan.”
BOYS IMPRESS WITH CHESS PROWESS AT STATES Browning’s after school chess program experienced another successful year with
record enrollment, especially among Pre-Primary boys. Lara Glazier P’24 reports that Grandmaster Miron Sher led Thursday afternoons for the more advanced players, and the School welcomed Grandmaster Tamaz Gelashvili on Tuesdays.
Thanks to the Parents Association, a luxury bus was
arranged to transport boys to and from Saratoga for
the States. Team dinners took place the night before the
tournament as well as after the last round in order to foster team spirit. Plans call for more of the same next year. Preparations for Nationals in May in Dallas are
underway, with many Browning boys honing their skills at several New York City tournaments beforehand. The School also hopes to field a team for the prestigious Mayor’s Cup tournament on May 3 at PS 11.
REFLECTIONS: THE LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. Multicultural Club advisor Glenn Walker reports that
also viewed a video based on reminisces of Dr. King’s
by the Upper School boys during an assembly in
delivery of his celebrated “I Have a Dream” speech in
the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was celebrated
January. A clip from the 14-hour documentary, “Eyes on the Prize,” was shown, along with presentations
from a number of boys who discussed Dr. King’s ac-
complishments as well as the events and people who influenced his life.
“Eyes on the Prize,” which originally aired on the
sister who recalled the events leading up to Dr. King’s Washington, D.C., in 1963. He spoke to an audience
of 250,000 people on that August day; in fact, “March
on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” was the largest
demonstration ever seen in the nation’s capital and one of the first to receive television coverage.
PBS network, is a series about the civil rights movement in the United States. Yet another presentation,
accompanied by a video, addressed the issues of profiling and racism. This informative assembly raised
awareness of human and civil rights and Dr. King’s impact through the ages.
At an earlier Lower School Assembly, Mr. Walker,
along with members of the School’s Multicultural
Club and the Lower School boys directed by music
teacher Lucy Warner, presented an informative and musical program in recognition of Martin Luther
King, Jr. Day. During the assembly, the community
UPPER SCHOOL BOYS ATTEND DIVERSITY WORKSHOP Four Upper School Browning boys attended the annual Student Diversity
Leadership and Prejudice Reduction
Workshop in February at Convent of
the Sacred Heart. Glenn Walker, Mul-
ticultural Club advisor, offered the following report:
Training was facilitated by the
National Coalition Building Institute. Now in its fourth year, the workshop was an opportunity for students to
gain an increased awareness on the
subject of diversity. Teachers who at-
due to the fact that they were meeting
a variety of ethnic, racial, religious
by the depth of dialogue that takes
communities and were able to discuss
Demonstrated leadership abilities
tend these workshops are impressed place among students of all back-
grounds. The boys said that the work-
shop had a profound effect upon them
other students from culturally diverse issues away from their home schools.
Each school is asked to select up to
10 students who, as a group, represent
and socio-economic backgrounds.
through a range of academic, athletic, artistic and social activities were considered in the selection of students.
FORM IV BOYS ATTEND FROST VALLEY INTERSCHOOL TRIP Delayed by a snow day, the 2014 Interschool trip to
Frost Valley took place in January. Dean of Students Sam
Keany reports: “Form IV boys traveled to the Frost Valley Y.M.C.A. camp in Claryville, N.Y., for a cold two days of
activities with the 10th grade students of Brearley, Chapin, Collegiate, Nightingale-Bamford and Spence schools. The
activities of this normally three-day event were compressed successfully into a two-day experience whereby our boys met new friends and enjoyed outdoor activities such as broom ball, tubing, square dancing and fire-starting in
the snow. Browning’s peer leaders joined seniors from the other schools in leading discussion sessions with small
groups of 10th grade students. Despite the abbreviated
schedule, the trip was very successful, and our boys returned wishing it could have been longer.”
SIXTH ANNUAL OLYMPIAN DAY Just in time for the opening of the Sochi Olympics, the
English class became Greek gods and heroes in the
once more. In February, the boys of Ms. Bosworth’s
took time in class to explain his costume and his
Olympians of The Browning School roamed the earth sixth grade history class and Mr. Dearinger’s Form I
sixth annual Olympian Day celebration. Each boy interest in mythology.
BOYS IN HEADMASTER CLEMENT’S FORM VI EXPOSITORY WRITING COURSE MEET FOR “LAST CLASS” AT THE KNICK Headmaster Clement and the
heard from Director of Middle and
remarks, Headmaster Clement
writing class met for the last time
Director of Alumni Affairs Laura
written works they produced
boys in his Form VI expository
on February 20 over breakfast at
the Knickerbocker Club. The boys
Upper School Admission Janet Lien, Lanigan and Head of Upper School Jim Reynolds. Following those
led the boys in an analysis of the during the trimester.
NYSAIS WORKSHOP HELD IN NEW TECHNOLOGY CENTER The New York State Association of
The session, according to its
just architects. Mr. Buckley earned
administrators with an eye-opening
European universities, is a former
Independent Schools (NYSAIS) held a
description, “provides teachers and
A Methodology to Affect Change
experience so they might begin to think
winter workshop, “Design Thinking: in Schools/IMAGINE-DESIGN-
CREATE,” in the new technology
center at The Browning School. Director of Technology Aaron Grill reports that
outside of the box and intertwine their knowledge to conceive innovative
solutions for the future of education.” Don Buckley,
he and four members of the Browning
members and division technology
community attended, including faculty representatives Stephanie Seto, Dan
Ragsdale and Giurissa Grace, as well as Director of Academic Technology Jeremy Sambuca.
learning spaces so they work
for teachers and
students and not
advanced degrees from leading industrial chemist, published
photographer and former consultant to the Museum of Modern Art’s Education Department.
STUDENTS CONSTRUCT SCALE MODELS OF FRENCH MONUMENTS French teacher Dominique Bernard reports that his sixth grade French students created scale models of famous French monuments and
wrote essays recounting the history of each. C’est magnifique!
LOWER SCHOOL FAMILIES UNITE FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE Lower School Community Service
vice Afternoon in February: “The
‘healthy teeth kits’ for a local shelter,
on the success of the second annual
The Walkabout Foundation, Valen-
Henry Street Settlement.”
Coordinator Rachel Gerber reports Browning Family Community Ser-
boys created beaded key chains for tines for Yorkville Common Pantry,
and game bags for children at the
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The weekly e-newsletter issued by the Parents Association serves as an ideal venue for showcasing Browning faculty and their many academic pursuits outside the School’s red doors. To allow Buzzer readers the opportunity to know our teachers even better, we present a round-up of these “Did You Know?” spotlights below.
ath teacher Matthew
ary Bosworth, a
Bratnick has been
member of the history
teaching at The
Oliver Program for
been a teacher at The
eight years. During the summers,
School of Practical Philosophy for eight
Mr. Bratnick teaches math and an
“improv” elective to Oliver scholars.
years (she has been a student there
He also volunteers periodically with these students during the academic year.
include Introduction to Philosophy and The Dialogues of Plato. Ms. Bosworth has brought her expertise to Browning as well; in addition to teaching history, she also conducts two levels of philosophy courses.
istory Department Chair
(See her Summer Stipend summary in this issue.)
Dr. Gerald Protheroe is also an adjunct associate professor at NYU’s
panish teacher Giurissa
Center for Global Affairs. This fall, he
A. F. Grace recently
taught Global Conflict and the Crisis
Dr. Gerald Protheroe
participated on a panel,
of Diplomacy, a course toward the
Teaching in Independent
master of science degree in global
Schools, sponsored by the Office of
affairs. Dr. Protheroe counts among his students a Brazilian diplomat, two attorneys and a fireman. Dr. Protheroe will next teach a one-day course, 1914: The Crisis of Civilization and the Descent into War.
for 21). Her favorite courses to teach
Career Planning and Professional
Giurissa A. F. Grace
Development at CUNY. She shared her thoughts on issues such as the
challenges and responsibilities of teaching at independent schools and how the mission of the school influences both pedagogy and teacher-student interaction.
Technology Specialist Brad Droke was recently named to the International Boys’ School Coalition’s (IBSC) 2014-15 action research team. Boys as “makers” is the focus of next year’s action research. Mr. Droke will carry out his project during the 2014-15 academic year and present his findings at the IBSC annual meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, the following summer. In preparation, he will also attend
the IBSC conference this summer in Nashville, Tenn.
hair of Classics John Young
irector of Academic
recently accepted teaching
positions with both the
Sambuca is a member of
North American Institute
for Living Latin Studies (SALVI) and
Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI). As
part of the two-year course of study,
Hunter College, where, in addition to
Mr. Sambuca will participate in monthly
his teaching role at Browning, he will be an adjunct instructor in the fall of
meetings, sessions at the summer training institute, and two
2014, teaching a Latin literature course. He often studied at
NYSAIS evaluations of other schools. He is being mentored
SALVI during past summers, thanks to a stipend from the
by Director of Middle and Upper School Alex Ragone at City
and Country School.
hair of Music David Prestigiacomo performed in a holiday program, Readings and Carols:
Ensemble (MCE). Mr. Prestigiacomo, a tenor and frequent soloist with the
Murphy conducts a monthly podcast with two other independent
school librarians in New York City.
Love, with the Manhattan Choral
ead Librarian Sarah
During each episode, Ms. Murphy
and her colleagues discuss current events relating to school librarianship.
group, is now in his ninth year singing with the MCE. He
Examples of these topics include the recent youth media
was encouraged to audition by former Browning colleague
awards, curriculum and the use of technology in libraries.
Laura O’Reilly who sings soprano with the ensemble.
Ms. Murphy will also be co-hosting a panel discussion
Check out their videos on YouTube!
(“Where are the heroes of color in fantasy and sci-fi?”) at the Young Adult Literature Symposium, organized by the American Library next fall.
The musical production of “I Will,” written by Lower School music specialist Lucy A. Warner (a.k.a. Luce Amen), has been selected for
off-off-Broadway production at Cabrini Repertory Theater Manhattan. “I Will” was one of 20 plays and musicals selected out of 240 Lucy Warner
submissions for a three-night run at the Thespis Theater Festival. The performances are scheduled for June 16, 21 and 22, 2014, at 7:00 pm.
evin Dearinger, a 19-year
cience teachers Emilie Wolf
veteran of Browning’s
and Stephanie Seto also work
at the American Museum
directed a staged reading
of Natural History (AMN)
last summer of “In Respect to Mrs.
where they develop and teach in the
Carter: The American Bernhardt,” his
original play about “age and artifice.”
education programs throughout the
Additionally, Mr. Dearinger has written
year. Further, Ms. Seto is an instructor in AMNH’s Lang Science Program
a number of books for the academic presses. (See his
(a selective multi-year program for
Summer Stipend summary in this issue.)
middle and high school students),
while Ms. Wolf is an assistant curator of North American wildlife for the online
thletic Director Andrew
database, Encyclopedia of Life.
West ’92 and Director of Physical Education
Patricia Zeuner (who
both coach the varsity baseball team) attended the 2014 World Baseball
Andrew West ’92
Coaches’ Conference recently. The speakers included coaches from top college and major league baseball teams, as well as 2012 Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey. In addition, Coach West was recently re-elected the president and treasurer of the New York City Athletic League (NYCAL) of
which Browning is a member.
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Music M AT T E R S AT Browning! Third Grade Boys Express Their Love of Music Earlier in the school year, Lower School Learning Specialist Pat Flynn asked the third grade boys in her enrichment class to ponder the importance of music. “After the first informal music assembly in September, I decided to combine the boys’ love of music with our Quick Outline review,” she explained. “As you will read, the results were so poetic!” During that assembly, Lower School Music Director Lucy Warner introduced the boys to the Composer of the Month series by playing a number of compositions by J.S. Bach, the featured composer for September.
When asked about his talent as a musician, Bach once said, “There’s nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” Later in January, another Lower School assembly provided the opportunity for a recital by many of the boys who take private music lessons. Perhaps these young performers might well disagree with Bach, as they clearly practiced for many hours, striking and plucking the “right” keys and strings. –Melanie McMahon
“One reason music is important
“One reason is that there are different
is because you can learn about
kinds of music. Another reason is that
composers and music. It can be
it can be a fun piece. Finally, it can be
a lot of fun. Also, it can cheer
about anything. It can be about being
you up. Finally, music uses lots of
mad or sad or hyper.”
instruments: smooth, loud and soft.”
–Jason DaSilva ’23
–Andrew Bates-Zoullas ’23
“Music is important in everyone’s life. One reason
music is important is that it fills your ears with love. Another reason is that there is never enough music. Finally, music can heal your soul to be a better person.” –Nate Dwyer ’23
Music is important in everyone’s life. First, it’s important because it adds color in everyone’s life. Also, if you’re sad,
music can put a smile on your face. Finally, you can learn the history of music. Music is such an important thing to have in our lives.” –Jeremy Hartman-Chait ’23
“Music is important in everyone’s
“Music is important in everyone’s life.
life. Music is used for entertainment
One reason is that we learn new things.
for people. Music is a way to
Another reason is your ears can identify
cheer someone when they’re sad.
a melody. Finally, everyone remembers
Music calms someone down when
it! Also, it is thrilling to play!”
they are mad.”
–Eli Greenberg ’23
–Varun Seth ’23
“Music is important in everyone’s life because
it touches your heart and you can’t stop hearing it. Sometimes when you feel sad, music can make you feel happy. Music can also make you feel emotional. I love all kinds of music. What kind of music do you like?” –Antonio Pinhiero ’23
“Music is important in everyone’s life
“Music is important in everyone’s life
because if there was no music, you
because it warms your voice. Another
couldn’t express yourself. Also,
reason is that if you sing a lot in music
you’d never feel the great melody,
class, you might become famous like
and if you feel sad, what would help
Michael Jackson, and finally, music is
beautiful, dazzling and remarkable!”
–Joshua Metz-King ’23
–Ignacio Arnau Avello ’23
Members of Browning’s Ovation Orchestra, along with all viola, violin and cello players, pose for a photo with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ensemble.
memorable Musical Moments at browning assemblies
or many years, Vincent Lionti, father of Nicholas ’19 and violist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, has graciously presented a concert with an ensemble of fellow orchestra members during a Lower School
assembly. While this year was no exception, the event in February was even more of a treat than usual, as Mr. Lionti’s father, a violinist, played as well. The two men, who bear a striking resemblance to one another, took to the “lower gym stage,” exchanging stories and anecdotes with the audience.
The elder Mr. Lionti told the boys of his exciting visit to
the White House where he performed as a member of the Marine Band when President Dwight D. Eisenhower was in office. His son later quipped that he wore his father’s
Head of Middle School Chris Dunham, Brogan Smith ’18 and his father.
Nick Lionti ’19 (center) with his father and grandfather.
Lucy Warner, Lower School music teacher, arranged for
Marine Band uniform as a Halloween costume! The respect
the performance again this year.
other was an inspiration to all in the audience.
and father of Brogan ’18, performed at a Middle School
mance of Mozart’s “A Little Night Music” and Vivaldi’s “Pic-
and a faculty member at the New York City College of
and admiration these father-son musicians have for each
The ensemble regaled community members with a perfor-
colo Concerto.” Mr. Lionti made it a point to ask the English horn and piccolo players to address the boys. One Pre-Pri-
mary boy was so impressed with the concert that he used his
fingers to play along on an imaginary piccolo! Mr. Lionti also gave special thanks to the string bass player who had agreed
to join them “at the last minute” that morning, as the original
player broke his knee the day before…the audience gave loud applause for this example of Browning “grytte!”
In January, Michael Cedric Smith, a classical guitarist
assembly. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory
Technology and the Caedmon School, Mr. Smith has
appeared twice at the National Festival of the Guitar in
the Dominican Republic. Here in New York City, he has performed contemporary American chamber music as
a guest artist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s Chamber
Ensemble at the Guggenheim Museum of Art in SoHo, and with the New York University Chamber Players at Merkin Concert Hall.
fine and p e r f o r m i n g a rt s
BOYS EXPLORE GREEK AND ROMAN GALLERIES AT THE MET Under the direction of Mary Bosworth, Middle School
The Met’s website explains in detail what the boys
history teacher, sixth grade history students traveled to the
and their teachers enjoyed that morning: “The Hellenistic,
the Greek and Roman galleries as part of their classroom
over 5,300 objects in more than 30,000 square feet,
nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art in January to explore studies. Faculty members Elizabeth Cooper-Mullin and Kristen Sheppard accompanied the group.
Before embarking on their morning at the museum,
Etruscan, and Roman galleries, an entire wing housing
completed the 2007 reconstruction and reinstallation of the permanent galleries of Greek and Roman art.”
Form III boys traveled to the Met a few weeks earlier to
the boys were provided with a clipboard, pencil and
view these same galleries. Classics Department Chair John
art awaiting them. As they viewed each of the assigned
Brett Wisniewski accompanied the boys. Mr. Young reports
study guide to aid in their exploration of the marvelous artworks or artifacts, they jotted answers to questions and made sketches of their own.
The wall paintings in the reconstructed bedroom from
an Italian villa (unrivaled outside of Italy) were one of the
highlights for the boys, as were three Roman wall paintings from a reception hall, an extensive collection of Greek armor, and a rare chariot.
Ms. Bosworth shared her own “highlight” from the
trip: “My favorite moment was when a group of boys were
Young, art teacher Zack Davis and Greek and Latin teacher on the experience: “The artifacts under particular scrutiny included two marble statues of Hercules, which stood in Nero’s baths, Greek ceramics, both red and black figure, and bronze helmets from Crete of the greatest antiquity. The boys practiced their Latin, explored the history and significance of the items, and learned of the processes
behind their creation before making drawings of them in their sketchbooks.”
There is no doubt about it...The Browning School is
‘transformed’ into Greek soldiers going to battle. They
fortunate indeed to have such informed faculty as well as
and greaves) to wear. The boys then drew their outfits. This
that in January, Browning and Marymount co-hosted an
were asked to choose a suit of armor (helmet, chest plate
was truly a magical moment of quiet, focused attention.”
world-renowned museums in close proximity! Note, too,
alumni function for the second consecutive year at the Met. See Alumni Events section in this issue.
FIRST GRADE BOYS ATTEND THEATRE PRODUCTIONS In January, first grade boys traveled to Hunter College to attend a play
performed by the Paper Bag Players. Teacher Chelsea Rossman reports:
“We saw a performance entitled ‘Hic-
cup Help.’ Upon our arrival, the stage was set with a birthday cake, and the
performance included many original, thought-provoking and interactive
ticipate in decision-making and criti-
Holiday Bash.” That festive perfor-
a safari scene which included a giant
to interact with the cast by calling out
ways that friends across the globe
scenes. One favorite of the boys was snake made out of paper bags! An-
other favorite involved using imagination and collaboration to create a
rainy drawing and a painting of a lost puppy. The boys were excited to par-
cal thinking, as they were encouraged answers and singing along to various musical pieces.”
The boys also traveled to the
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater
in Central Park to enjoy “Three Bears
mance highlighted all of the various celebrate during the holidays. Ms.
Rossman noted, “The production tied into our social studies work as we
explored different ways of celebrating during holidays and the seasons.”
A “STATELY” PRODUCTION BY THIRD GRADE BOYS Third grade boys presented a play, “The
Scrambled States of
America,” in February.
Each of the 50 states was represented by a boy in costume. Families and
the Browning commu-
nity had learned much
about the U.S.A. by the
conclusion of this lively production.
Playing and/or appreciating music is a vital part of every Browning boy’s experience, as you will learn by reading “Music Matters at Browning” starting on page 32 of this Buzzer.
Two Upper School boys, Brendan Walsh ’15 and Jack Morris ’15, performed in the production of “Spinning Into Butter.”
RAVE REVIEWS FOR “RENT” Upper School Browning
boys joined the cast of the Brearley School’s winter drama performance,
“Rent.” Jacob King ’14, Brendan Walsh ’15,
and Michael Cleary ’15 learned the songs and
staged the scenes before winter break, leaving
plenty of time to polish the show in the weeks
before the curtain rose.
Photo by Cécile Grégoriades
SPANISH STUDENTS ENJOY PLAYS BY FEDERICO GARCÍA LORCA In February, the Spanish and Latin
American literature and Spanish IV
classes visited El Repertorio Español for an opportunity to watch the comedic farce, “La zapatera prodigiosa” (The
Showmaker’s Wife), and the rural tragedy, “La casa de Bernarda Alba” (The House of Bernarda Alba), by Spanish playwright Federico García Lorca.
Spanish teacher Giurissa A. F. Grace
reports: “ ‘La casa de Bernarda Alba’ concerns a widow, programmed by
the narrow-minded and conservative
customs of the past, who is disinclined to let any man unworthy of her family name marry her daughters. Her
obsession with the preservation of her
family’s honor proves to be its destruction. ‘La zapatera prodigiosa’ depicts
FORM II BROWNING BOY EARNS AWARD AT FRENCH THEATER FESTIVAL Modern Language Talent Show Serves as Dress Rehearsal
the story of a difficult relationship
Browning’s Form II French students
six-member jury and was awarded
older husband. It follows the wife’s
in February at the annual Middle
actor trophy.’ This was a superb
between a young wife and her much struggle to resist her spouse’s and the
townspeople’s unrelenting communal pressure to conform.”
Ms. Grace adds, “In both plays,
Federico García Lorca touches on the subjects of frustration, isolation, cen-
sorship, repression and honor felt and suffered by women as a whole. He
portrays the young female characters as rebels and non-conformists who
explore their feelings and surroundings, but their pursuit for ‘freedom’ has vastly different outcomes. One
may ask: Why study two female cen-
demonstrated their “French touch” School theater festival at the
Lycée Français of New York.
French teacher Dominique Bernard offers this report, including news of the trophy awarded to one
of the boys: “As the imposing amphitheater filled up, the
pressure was tangible for the 200
plays transcend their settings and
resonate with audiences of every age and sex.”
and engaging activity. The
numerous Browning parents who
attended the event had every reason to be proud of their children.”
Just days before, all Middle
annual Browning Middle School
minutes based on this year’s theme of changement (change).”
Mr. Bernard continued, “The
than in the past. In addition to the
ity of Federico García Lorca, how his
was, as it is every year, an enjoyable
short performance of five to seven
assignment it was to present a
value and respect global conscious-
my class to experience the universal-
Français won the best play award. It
School students of Spanish and
quality of all the plays was
ness and cultural diversity, I wanted
achievement indeed! The Lycée
talented young participants whose
tric plays in a boys’ school? As I look
for new ways to teach my students to
the ‘best non-French speaking male
remarkable and perhaps even better regular distinctions and diplomas, the jury decided to bestow five
major awards. Thanks to his great work, and admirably supported by his talented peers, Jackson
Richter ’18 won the hearts of the
French participated in the fifth
Modern Language Talent Show.
Chair of the Modern Languages
Department Megan Ryan reports:
“The event included music videos, songs and short plays performed
exclusively in French and Spanish.
The program also served as a dress
rehearsal for Mr. Bernard’s French I students who went on to perform
their ‘résistance’-themed play at the
Lycée Français of New York’s annual theater competition.”
EACH YEAR, THE PARENTS ASSOCIATION AWARDS stipends to faculty members who apply for specific projects, such as summer travel, research or study. Each recipient writes an article for the Buzzer about his or her project; two faculty are featured in this issue.
An Ideal Holiday: Combining Knowledge with Pleasure This past summer, thanks to the Par-
town, the group reconvened at 5:00 p.m. to discuss ques-
Plato’s dialogue, “Philebus,” at a three-
Guest speakers with backgrounds in archaeology, history,
ents Association, I was able to study week conference in Delphi, Greece.
David Horan, who is currently translating the entire canon of Plato, a feat that Mary Bosworth
has not been accomplished since Benjamin Jowett’s 1871 translation, oversaw
the program. Studying under exceptional tutelage in the midst of an ancient sacred site was a rare opportunity.
The subject of “Philebus” is pleasure. What is the best
life for men and women? Is it pleasure? Is it wisdom? Or is there a mixed life that includes both? Socrates presents the argument as follows:
Philebus was saying that enjoyment and pleasure and
delight, and the class of feelings akin to them, are a good to every living being, whereas I contend, that not these,
but wisdom and intelligence and memory, and their kin-
dred, right opinion and true reasoning, are better and more desirable than pleasure for all who are able to partake of
them, and that to all such who are or ever will be they are
tions and observations arising from the morning’s study.
philosophy and literature spoke each evening to provide additional context for the study.
At the midpoint of the conference, the group took a
day off from studying the dialogue to tour the ancient Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi, a place where pilgrims
sought counsel for over 1,000 years. Proceeding through
the entrance, the complex of statuary, buildings, temples, theatre and stadium only slowly emerge as the visitor
walks upwards. One can easily imagine the sense of awe
and excitement that pilgrims felt as they wound their way
through the site. Enveloped by mountains, one experiences a vast panorama. And yet, instead of feeling small, there is
a sense of expansiveness as one watches from on high. Ancient Greeks called Delphi the naval of the earth, omphalos, and when standing in the midst of the temple on Mount Parnassus, one understands something about the use of this term.
While nothing tops the site, the Archaeological Museum
the most advantageous of all things.
is a great consolation. It contains one of the best examples
heads around the thorny issues raised by the dialogue,
or “Rein-holder, Heniokhos.” With eyes alert, feet firmly
For two weeks, 90 students attempted to wrap their
reading, discussing and reflecting upon these words from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day. After a four-hour respite for lunch, a swim in the Corinthian Sea or a walk into
of classical bronze sculpture, the “Charioteer of Delphi”
planted on the ground and fingers attentively holding the
reins, this champion portrays a self-contained experience of victory that differs from today’s exuberant expression.
Ch edworth Roma n v illa, built in a beau tifu l Cotswold combe, a glorof ious ample Th ewas benefits my ex being of th e golden in age Roma n immersed thof e philosoph y, Br itain. a rt, a rchitectu r e, history a nd liter atu r e of Ancien t Gr eece is being offer ed to studen ts in th e history a nd philosoph y cou rses I teach.
Thomas Sakoulas, professor and chair of the art de-
partment at the State University of New York at Oneonta, writes this about the statue, as follows:
Charioteer – though victorious – stands with admirable
modesty and faces the crowd in total control of his emotions. This self-discipline was a sign of civilized man in
Classical Greece, and a concept that permeates the art of
this period. The ability to restrain one’s emotions especially during the most challenging of moments came to define the entire Classical era of Greek art and thought.
The “Charioteer” is one of those works of art that I re-
turn to again and again and find something surprising in each viewing.
Following the two-week study was a tour of the Pelo-
ponnese. Visits to ancient sites in Messenia, Mycenae
and Corinth were supplemented by sunny afternoons on beaches in Kalamata, Monemvasia and Tolo. Back on the mainland we spent a windy morning at the Temple of
Poseidon on Cape Sounion, a glorious temple surrounded by sea on three sides.
The benefits of my being immersed in the philosophy,
art, architecture, history and literature of Ancient Greece
by tasty lunches on sunny beaches. The ancient Greeks
understood the importance of finding the measure. Also
worthwhile was the experience of being a student again.
Enduring sessions when it seems like nothing penetrates
and thinking that it’s time to throw in the towel is a feeling many students experience. If one sticks with the mate-
rial and gives it one’s full attention, something invariably
opens up. It’s good for people, especially teachers, to experience not knowing. Socrates suggests that admitting one doesn’t know is the portal to wisdom.
Thank you to the Parents Association for providing
is being offered to students in the history and philosophy
this amazing experience. Writing this memoir reminds me
ence like this that are more difficult to quantify. The bal-
Socrates’ conclusion to the “Philebus,” which suggests that
courses I teach. There are other takeaways from an experiance between study and recreation seems significant, with
intense mornings requiring unflinching attention balanced
how fortunate we are as a community. I am also struck by
the best life is a combination of knowledge and the purest of pleasures!
–By Mary Bosworth, Middle School History Teacher
Summer Spring 2013 2014
My Theatrical Return, of Sorts Nostalgia is a tricky sedative when you are in your 60s. Although I have been
tress. I was guided, however, by a number of extraordinary
speare in class oddly and although
and some are still shining out, but they have all astonished
known to recite the odd line of Shakemuch of what I teach in Presentation
Skills is based on personal experience, Kevin L. Dearinger
Predictably, I wrote a play about an unremembered ac-
I don’t often speak in detail on the subject of my theatrical career. My usual
actresses, well-remembered friends. Some are gone now,
me with their command, their vulnerability, their strength, their fearlessness, their memorable verve and, if you will,
their “Grytte.” And they have all been smart, smart, smart.
Mrs. Leslie Carter (1862-1937) was born Caroline Louise
précis of my pre-Browning days consists of “I worked
Dudley in Lexington, Ky. After a wildly dramatic divorce
had a chance to travel and meet interesting people, thank
New York and willed herself into becoming a great stage
steadily as an actor and singer, paid my rent regularly, and you very much.”
And then I wrote a play.
My two published books and the one I have been
polishing for several centuries are theatre histories, out-
growths of my fascination with the South, Shakespeare and
from the social-rich Mr. Carter of Chicago, she came to
star of the early 20th century. When her heart overruled her head, Mrs. Carter’s life and career wandered into the wilderness, but her strength of character never wavered. My play attempts to honor that strength.
With a grant from the Browning Parents Association, “In
forgotten actors. At Browning, I teach the analytical essay
Respect to Mrs. Carter, the ‘American Bernhardt’ ” had its
accustomed to the steady legs of non-fiction.
a theatre just up the street from Mrs. Carter’s birthplace. A
and read several hundred thesis statements each year. I am My greatest teaching challenge each year comes with the
poetry and short story classes I offer in Form VI. I cannot
teach creative writing. I can only guide and encourage. It is a very exciting process. We read, we talk, we discuss, and then
I stand back and wait. I am never disappointed. Seizing their freedom, the Browning gentlemen create astonishing plots,
first public performance this summer as a staged reading in very gifted Kentucky actress, Julieanne Pogue, took on my
26-page monologue under the umbrella of New Works, Inc., a theatrical company dedicated to airing new, and I hope,
promising scripts. For one night, August 8, Mrs. Carter returned to the stage and returned to Lexington.
intricate dialogue and wonderfully complex characters. Their language snaps and shines, ripples and roars.
They inspire me. They challenge me. I learn from them.
Their work has moved me to try new things, to unleash another part of myself, and to return to the theatre. Sort of.
And so I wrote a play.
Ms. Pogu e gav e my words gr eat v ibr a ncy. Sh e found th e emotions I h ad en v isioned as I w rote a nd color ed th em w ith h er ow n a rt.
Mrs. Ca rter’s life a nd ca r eer wa nder ed in to th e w ilder ness, bu t h er str ength of ch a r acter nev er wav er ed. My play attempts to honor th at str ength.
Ms. Pogue is a powerful actress. She gave my words
great vibrancy. She found the emotions I had envisioned
as I wrote and colored them with her own art. The lighting
designer made sure that my set looked glorious. I had a di-
rector who said “yes” but sometimes “no” and always with
sions. My creativity thrives, I think, on such pressure, and I have expanded, contracted, reworded and reordered the play several thousand times since the reading. I do like to write.
I continue to explore the demands of Mrs. Carter’s
wisdom. A friendly audience laughed in all the right places
voice. She needs to be heard, and she won’t let me be still.
was gratifying. There were a few cheers. An unexpected
directors and mature leading ladies, be advised. I have a
and stayed quiet when I hoped they would. The applause
review appeared in the Lexington newspaper, kind enough
that my mother clipped it out and put it on her refrigerator. I was very happy. I learned.
The production challenged me to revise and rethink my
work, to listen to criticism, and to be flexible in my obses-
And who knows where she will go from here? Producers,
script! In fact, I have several scripts. And my mind is full of ideas and full of Mrs. Carter. Bless her.
Thank you, as ever, to the Parents Association for help-
ing me chase my wilder horses. I learned. –By Kevin L. Dearinger, English teacher
at h l e t i c s
Winter Wrap-up Winter athletics
season, the junior varsity team im-
and downs. The
season. With many boys playing bas-
year had its up
struggled at times Andrew H. West ’92
Coming off a very difficult 2013
at Browning this
during the season, which I believe
was partly due to the fact that the
team consisted of eight Form III boys who had grown used to the shorter
seasons with half as many games. The long season took its toll on the squad, but with such a young team and a
solid core, the future is promising.
proved a great deal throughout the
played a full schedule of games, allowing more playing time for all the boys, with both having winning records.
Special congrats to the 7/8 Red
ketball for the first time at Browning,
Squad for bringing home a co-regular
difficulty scoring; however, by season’s
sixth grade teams had great success
the team started the season having
end, the boys had found their rhythm
and competed at a much higher level. Forms I and II were divided into two
separate teams, the Red team coached by Dan Ragsdale and the Black team led by first-time Browning coach
Glenn Walker assisted by another
new coach, Andrew Wolf. Both teams
season championship! The fifth and as well, both finishing 8-2 and 10-1,
respectively. All and all, it was a great season, and I am very confident that
we will put Browning basketball back on the map in the very near future. For now, it’s time to break out the
bats, gloves, clubs, rackets, and track shoes, as it’s time for spring!
FORM I/II BASKETBALL (RED TEAM) What a season for the seventh and
eighth grade Red Panthers! Coming
off a one-win 2012-2013 campaign, the team was determined to find success.
Exceeding even their own high expectations, the Panthers finished the season
with 10 wins and four losses, and an 8-2 conference record that earned them a
share of the league title. To accomplish this, the team had to defeat a tough St. Hugh’s squad, which had previously
handed Browning a 32-point loss. The rematch was all “grytte” and guts as
the Panthers bested their rival by one
point when co-captain Andrew Ceonzo sunk two free-throws with .9 seconds remaining on the clock.
Winning six of the final seven
games of the year was a testament to this group’s dedication to each other as teammates. Trust, hard work and
unselfishness add up to quite a recipe for success.
–Coach Dan Ragsdale
FORM I/II BASKETBALL (BLACK TEAM)
FIFTH GRADE BASKETBALL
The Black team finished the season by defeating The
The fifth grade Panthers had an extremely successful
finished by winning their last five games, defeating Cal-
loss of the season coming in a close match against an
Town School. It was a great season for the boys. They
houn, St. Thomas Choir, Trevor Day School, Churchill
and, finally, Town School. Our leading scorer and co-captain Stone Abramson led the team in its offensive efforts.
The solid team defense was lead by Justin James, Amedeo Lorenzotti and Patrick McAllister. George Stavropoulos,
our other co-captain, helped to keep the team focused on its goal of teamwork.
The boys’ season started off slowly; it only took a few
games, however, to come together as a solid, in-synch unit. The B team’s final record was six wins and four
losses; that success was based on teamwork, teamwork and more teamwork.
Coach Wolf and I are very proud of the boys and how
hard they worked to achieve their goals. Go Panthers! –Coach Glenn Walker
season. Their overall record was 8-1 with the only
all-sixth-grade team. In fifth grade basketball a large emphasis is placed on teamwork, sportsmanship
and skill development. Of course, it is always nice to be competitive, but at this age level it is most
important that we teach the boys how to play the
game properly. This team has the fundamental skills to be successful in the upcoming years. We had 29
players on the team. Our greatest success was having all players receive significant playing time in games
and enjoying the wins as a team. This group of boys is extremely talented and enthusiastic about the
sport. The team was focused during practice sessions and thus well-prepared come game day. Throughout our nine-game season, we steadily improved as individual players and as a team. –Coach Matthew Brown
SIXTH GRADE BASKETBALL
The varsity basketball team started the
With a record of 10-1, the sixth
tremendous success. Unfortunately,
the most successful teams in sixth
it to the NYCAL Championships.
off slowly with a one-point victory
arguably our best games of the year.
in early January, the team
working with this special group from
with big victories against the likes
them grow into terrific players.
Trevor Day and St. Bernard’s. The
season with lofty goals and expected
grade team proved to be one of
we did not reach our goals of making
grade basketball history! Starting
We ended the season by all playing
against the School @ Columbia
I will really miss coaching and
steamrolled the rest of the way
the Class of 2014. I enjoyed watching
of Allen-Stevenson, St. Hugh’s,
–Coach Andrew West
only hiccup was a one-point loss
to Town School, which they might have won easily if their shots had just dropped.
The boys were impressive with
their knowledge of the game, with understanding and learning the
plays, and with being able to set the tempo of each game. But most of all they showed great sportsmanship against their opponents. In games
where it was clearly one-sided, the
JUNIOR VARSITY We started out in November with lots of optimism about the upcoming season. Try-outs brought many new faces to our
basketball program, therefore we had to become a team the oldfashioned way. It was done with a lot of hard work and a lot of
getting to know each other. As the season went on, our opponents seemed to get tougher and tougher. Each game the boys worked
harder and harder. No matter what the situation, the boys gave it their best effort, right down to the final horn.
In fact, our final game was our best of all! We hit our peak de-
feating EF International with a score of 38-25. It was a great emo-
tional win which will last in the boys’ memories for a lifetime. This season turned out to be one of the most memorable seasons of my
Browning career. The boys learned a tremendous amount of basketball, developed their skills, made a bunch of new lifelong friends
and, most of all, had a lot of fun doing it. They gained so many life lessons this season through the game of basketball. As coach, I en-
joyed working with this team. They showed a lot of heart and dedication all season. I want to thank the entire team for a great year. – Coach Paul Mastroianni
team did not run up the score but
gave opportunities for bench players to score and get good playing time. As these boys move up to the 7/8
grade teams next year, I’m looking forward to coaching the successful fifth grade team next season! –Coach David Watson
PANTHERS PLAY ON MAIN COURT AT BARCLAYS CENTER In November, Browning’s varsity basketball team
Legends Classic Basketball Doubleheader featuring
the main court at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
boys played with intensity and showed lots of pride.
played a game against The Churchill School on
Director of Athletics Andrew West ’92 reports: The Panthers were the opening act for the Progressive
Stanford, Pittsburgh, Texas Tech and Houston. The Thanks to all those who made it out to the game!
HOCKEY The 2013-2014 Browning Hockey sea-
Our success rate with Browning parent
between periods during a New York Rang-
very exciting ride over the past seven
play on the same team in the Lasker Rink
the boys to be skating in such a prestigious
son has come to an end. It has been a months, and the feedback coming
from our parents leads us to believe
coaches was so high that now six of them adult hockey league.
Within our six divisions (Mini-
that this has been the best year ever
mites, Mite Developmental, Mite
only yesterday that a group of five
Select and Peewee) the boys played
for Browning hockey. It seems like
Pre-Primary boys stepped on the ice for the first time, and in a matter of five months, those same boys were
transformed into a powerhouse team
that came in second place in the yearend tournament at Lasker Rink.
Our coaching staff this season was
one of the best within the New York City private schools led by Alana Blahoski (1994 Team USA Hockey gold medal
winner) as well as Coach Lada, Coach Mike and Coach Vilam who all have
extensive youth hockey coaching experience. In addition to them, we have had numerous parents who assisted our
coaches on the ice on a weekly basis.
ers hockey game. It was very exciting for arena with 20,000 fans cheering them on
and an experience they will never forget.
Preparations for the 2014-2015 season
Select, Squirt Developmental, Squirt
have already begun. The parents and the
over 75 games this year and won more
to build and improve the program. We
than 60% of those games. Just recently in the Lasker Cup Tournament, four
of the above-six division placed in the top three of their level. I would like
to point out that two members of the
Mini-Mite team are five-year-old girls.
School are working together to continue would like to take this opportunity to thank Headmaster Clement and The
Browning School for their continued cooperation and support of the Browning hockey team.
–Coach Jose Garcia P’22, 24
They are Bronte Clarke and Piper Rose Garcia. Bronte’s older brothers are
Oliver and William Clarke (grades 2
and 4), and Piper’s older brothers are
Jack and Jose Garcia (grades 2 and 4). All four trophies were turned over to the School to be displayed.
In March, 20 Browning hockey
players participated in a short game
Young alumni were brought on stage during the annual Thanksgiving Assembly at Christ Church in November.
YOUNG ALUMNI REUNION On Wednesday, November 27, Browning hosted the annual Young Alumni Reunion, a Thanksgiving tradition. More than 25 young alumni from the Classes of 2009-2013
returned to School to visit with classmates, faculty and current students.
The day began with the
traditional Thanksgiving Assembly held at Christ Church where alumni
were brought on stage by
Headmaster Clement and
Mr. Pelz ’71. Following the assembly, alumni, faculty and Form VI enjoyed a luncheon in the newly renovated cafeteria.
L to R: Mr. Ingrisani, Ms. Suárez, Colin Carter ’13, Adam Nebenzahl ’13 and Ben Jacobs ’13.
L to R: Mr. Pelz ’71, Andrew Amarosa ’12, Chris Pelz ’13, Jon Pelz ’13 and Peter Shapiro ’10.
L to R: Erik van Os ’10, Robert Denton ’10, Nurse Linehan and Greg Davis ’10.
Steven Klurfeld ’09 and Ms. Bosworth.
Michele Gama Sosa ’10 and James Weinhoff ’10 (right).
L to R: Alex Bendo ’13, Robert Denton ’10 and Erik van Os ’10.
L to R: James Adeleye ’12, Headmaster Clement and Mr. Reynolds.
L to R: Harrison Fields ’11, Ms. Grace and Peter Shapiro ’10.
L to R: Coach West ’92, Morgan Miller ’13, Freddie Edwards ’13, Spencer Wolfe ’13, Julian Rodriguez ’13, Ben Jacobs ’13 and Coach Watson.
L to R: Ms Bosworth, Farouk Oni ’13 and Mr. Pelz ’71.
L to R: Julian Rodriguez ’13, Paul Pricop ’13, Christopher Stephens ’14, Michael Gabrellian ’13, Colin Carter ’13 and Kevin Wu ’13.
L to R: Ethan Parisier ’17, Alec Siden ’17, Freddie Edwards ’13, Ms. Resika, Ms. Lien and Spencer Wolfe ’13. Spring 2014
L to R: Mr. Bernard, Chris Jennings ’99 and Robert Jennings P ’99.
Godfrey Bloch ’63 (left) and Allanby Singleton-Green ’83.
and friends attended for a festive
alumni room. Alums and their guests
annual Holiday Party was hosted by
This event is always an Alumni
farewell to Director of Institutional
HOLIDAY PARTY On Friday, December 13, Browning’s
evening of drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
the Parents Association at the School.
Association favorite, and this year,
Hundreds of alumni, parents, faculty
the new cafeteria was the designated
Michael Beys ’89 and Director of Alumni Affairs Laura Lanigan.
Louis Lenglet ’02 (left) and former Director of Institutional Advancement Marty Haase.
L to R: Browning Architect Peter Gisolfi, Michael Beys ’89, Peter Orphanos ’89 and Jonathan Mason ’89. THE
turned out in record numbers to bid
Advancement Marty Haase, who left Browning at the end of 2013.
Adele and Sandy Pelz ’71.
Eric Ordway ’67 (left) and Classics Department Chair John Young.
L to R: Farouk Oni ’13, Harrison Fields ’13, Andrew West ’92, Terrel Phelps ’11, Steven Kassapidis ’11 and Miles Collins ’13.
Sandy Pelz ’71 (left) and Philip Blake ’95.
L to R: Philip Blake ’95, Michael Dorra ’92 and George Dafnos ’99.
The annual Alumni Basketball game is always held in Browning’s Upper Gym. Back row (L to R): Andrew West ’92, Philip Blake ’95, George Dafnos ’99, Luc Vareilles ’04, Jonas Borra ’03, Adam Dalva ’04, Samora Legros ’03 and Michael Dorra ’92. Front row (L to R): Miles Collins ’13, Efrain Morales ’13, Adrian Muoio ’10, James Preiss ’10, Terrel Phelps ’11, Harrison Fields ’11, Steven Kassipidis ’11, Evan Blumenthal ’13 and Farouk Oni ’13.
Young Alums Evan Blumenthal ’13 Miles Collins ’13 Freddie Edwards ’13 Harrison Fields ’11 Steven Kassapidis ’11 Efrain Morales ’13 Adrian Muoio ’10 Farouk Oni ’13 Terrel Phelps ’11 James Preiss ’10 Erick Teran ’09 Veterans Philip Blake ’95 Jonas Borra ’03 George Dafnos ’99 Adam Dalva ’04 Michael Dorra ’92 Steven Johnson ’96 Samora Legros ’03 Luc Vareilles ’04 Andrew West ’92
8 8 – 18 8 2 6 2 37 9 6
4 14 – 18 10 3 6 8 5 12 7
5 6 – 6 2 3 4 4 1* 2 5
Points Rebounds Assists 38 9 12 2 6 12 3 7 4
10 11 4 3 5 20 18 7 10
4 5 5 6 11 5 4 7 12
ALUMNI BASKETBALL GAME By Andrew H. West ’92 On Thursday, December 19, the annual Alumni Basketball Game was
held in Browning’s Upper Gym. This year we had
an excellent turnout with 20 players ranging from
the Classes of 1991-2013. The game format followed the recent
tradition of pitting the older alums against the younger alums. Unlike years past, however, the younger squad was victorious this year. Teamwork, sportsmanship, patience and experience used to be enough for the older guys, but this year all of that
just couldn’t make up for the actual talent that this year’s young guns brought. It was a close game throughout the first three
quarters, but as you can imagine, the more we played, the more the margin seemed to stretch. At left is the box score from this year’s game that the younger alums won 104-93.
In January, Browning and Marymount co-hosted an alumni event together at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Guests enjoyed guided tours through several different museum galleries.
L to R: Pierce Forsythe ’92, Sperry Younger ’92, Samantha Stern and Steven Goodman ’92.
BROWNING-MARYMOUNT EVENT On Friday, January 24, Browning and Marymount hosted an alumni function together for the second year in a row at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, followed by a lively reception
across the street at the Marymount School. At the Met, guests had
L to R: Marymount Headmistress Concepcion Alvar, Kieran Pickering ’02, Stuart Orenstein ’00, Joe Metzger ’02 and Marymount alumna Jennifer Heger ’97.
the opportunity to enjoy student-guided tours comparing and
contrasting aspects of the museum’s permanent collection with
several of the special exhibitions. Special exhibits “Silla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom” and “Jewels by JAR” were highlighted
alongside the Greek and Roman Galleries, and “Ink Art: Past
as Present in Contemporary China” was toured in conjunction
with the Islamic Galleries. At Marymount, guests enjoyed wine and cheese compliments of the two hosting schools. Close to
100 guests from both schools attended, and we look forward to
repeating this event in the future. Special thanks to Marymount
L to R: Marymount student Eleanor Sugrue ’14, Marymount student Ines Spinnato ’07, Marymount alumna Oliva O’Shaughnessy ’07, Tennyson Singer ’08, Chris Brandt ’09 and Ethan Schulman ’08.
for being such gracious co-hosts!
Marymount alumna Angelina Darrisaw ’05 and Chris Brandt ’09, both Davidson College alumni.
Benedict Duffy ’09 and his guest.
Susu and Sharif Tanamli ’87.
ALUMNI WEBSITE LAUNCH In January, Browning’s Alumni Association started the
information, his record is automatically updated in the
thanks to the Class of 2001’s 10th Reunion gift which
news, event photos and the alumni events calendar, among a
New Year with a vastly improved online community,
funded the integration of Blackbaud’s Online Campus Community into Browning’s existing website.
One of the biggest highlights is the site’s career
networking capabilities, allowing alumni to post or search for a job, connect with Browning’s internship board, or
comment in the job discussion forum. The site also boasts a more user-friendly alumni directory in which searches
can be customized by class, industry, company name, city,
state, etc. Basic functionality has also been upgraded; each
School database. One can also view his giving history, recent number of other relevant Alumni Association pages.
To learn more and access these features, please visit
www.browning.edu/alumni. Thank you, Class of 2001!
ALSO AT WWW.BROWNING.EDU/ALUMNI:
2014 Alumni Reunion details and registration. Save the date for Friday, May 2!
time an alumnus makes a change to his profile and contact
TO SHARE NEWS WITH THE Browning community, please contact Laura N. Lanigan, director of alumni affairs, at 212-838-6280 Ext. 192 or Laura N. Lanigan Director of Alumni Affairs
in 1949. Since then, I’ve
worked in bookshops and as an economist, photographer, house builder, teacher, fur-
John G. McGhee ’39
niture designer and commu-
recently wrote to us from
nity organiser. Very happily
Mexico, where he resides.
retired, we sing in a choir,
The 1920 Buzzer issue that accompanied the 2013
Summer Buzzer brought
back many memories for
him, particularly one about
grow our own fruit and George von Haunalter ’52 and his wife visited Browning in November.
neurology practice in Janu-
vegetables in London. We
go Irish Set Dancing every week. Couldn’t be better.” In December, the Bo-
John A. Browning: “In
ary, now part-time.
at Browning, Mr. and
recently submitted the
of Texas announced that
our class, located at the
ember 4, 2013, my wife,
is the 2014 recipient of the
building and overlooking
ing our home of 36 years
cellence in Conservation,
Mr. Browning directed a
be moving to Singapore,
life-long work in biodiver-
to study hard and obtain
18-month mission for the
a professor at George Mason
that he and Mrs. Browning
Latter-day Saints. Our very
a senior fellow at the United
the rest of the school. I may
ing friends and family.”
who had the honour of
recently submitted the fol-
listening to his advice.”
Browning School from 1946-
1928, during my first year
Kenneth F. McAllister ’58
tanical Research Institute
Mrs. Browning visited
following news: “On Nov-
Thomas E. Lovejoy, III ’59
southwest corner of the
Marilyn, and I will be leav-
International Award of Ex-
the back courtyard.
here in Cincinnati and will
recognizing Dr. Lovejoy’s
few words to us, urging us
Southeast Asia, to serve an
sity protection. Dr. Lovejoy is
good grades. And with
Church of Jesus Christ of
University and also serves as
departed, no doubt to visit
best wishes to all our Brown-
be the only living person
lowing news: “I was at The
49 from ages six to nine years
wrote to us recently that he is starting his 50th year of
On November 20, Browning’s Spanish and Latin
American literature class
visited El Repertorio Espa-
ñol and had the privilege of watching a wonderful theatrical adaptation of “Don Quijote de la Mancha” by
17th century Spanish author, Miguel de Cervantes. Spanish teacher Giurissa A.F.
Grace noted that, “it was a
pleasure to visit with Robert Federico ’63, the executive
director of the theatre, who always makes a point to
personally greet visiting students and teachers from The Browning School.”
Linton Wells, II ’63
remains director of the
Center for Technology and
Adam M. Ritchie ’58
seeing Mr. Browning and
Alexander G. Reeves ’55
old. I seem to remember the names of Leon Dalva ’58
and Krov Menuhin ’58 in
my class. I had come from
England with my family and returned there with them
Lin Wells ’63 (center) and his family in June on the occasion of Lin’s 50 consecutive years of service with the Defense Department.
National Security Policy
up Mr. Herman’s pearls of
Defense University. In June,
a journalist and asked him
(CTNSP) at the National
he finished 50 consecutive years with the Defense
Department. In December, Lin wrote to Browning:
“Thank you for a wonderful 50th reunion/125th
anniversary. All the best for a wonderful 2014.” In December, R.
Thomas Herman ’64 had lunch with the staff of
his opinion on how to over-
range of the Grytte staff,
with members as young as
fifth grade all the way up to Form VI!
George E. Brown, III ’66
ing news: “We are leaving of permanently relocating to Tucson, Ariz. Blessings to all.”
as a member of the Grytte and gave a PowerPoint
recently featured Browning
“best practices” in journal-
column in an article titled
Katz ’04 reported that the
View.” Within the article,
critique of their latest issue. He also shared his history
“Get There,” on October 29.
quite impressed by the age
boys to provide a detailed
released its debut album,
boys’ questions and was
Ohio and are in the process
the fall, sat down with the
band called Minor Alps that
was thrilled to answer the
Mr. Herman, who spoke
guished Speaker Series in
liana Hatfield started a new
writing a story. Mr. Herman
recently sent in the follow-
at the Class of 2000 Distin-
Matthew Caws ’85 and Ju-
come certain hurdles when
the Grytte, Browning’s
wisdom from his years as
staff when he was a student
Ralph D. Gardner, Jr. ’71
in his Wall Street Journal
ism. Grytte advisor Jeremy
“School With a (Fine)
boys were eager to soak
Mr. Gardner also mentions fellow Browning alumni
Matthew Elliot ’73 (left) with Headmaster Clement at the 2013 Book Fair. Dr. Elliot was one of the visiting authors this year.
Matthew Caws is the lead
singer of the band Nada Surf.
James Gardner ’78, John
Elstad ’71, Bob Lightfoot ’71 and John Straley ’71. The article focuses on Browning’s neighbor, The Re-
gency Hotel, and its recent renovations, which face Browning on one side.
Matthew Caws ’85.
MYSTERY SOLVED! Richard M. Fischer ’66 was kind enough to contact
us regarding the photo and caption on page 18 of the most recent Buzzer (see above). Mr. Fischer wrote,
“I have been enjoying the Fall/Winter 2013 Buzzer,
and I have a bit of additional information for you. It
was great that Tom Herman ’64 submitted this photo; the caption would be completed by adding the
following: Front row, (R-L): Rick Lazar ’66, Richard
Fischer ’66, John Coleman ’65, John Edson ’66. Back
row (L-R): Kenton Morris ’65, Andrew Kennedy ’66, William Basil Nikas ’67. The music teacher at the
piano is David Hewlett. That would round out the
photo caption by including the names of several of Tom Herman ’64 returned to Browning in December to have lunch with the staff of the Grytte, Browning’s student-run newspaper. Here he is pictured with two of the 17 students who were present.
my friends and classmates. Thanks for noting these comments. I am proud to be a Browning graduate and think of my classmates often. Best regards.”
and the Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program.
Matthew E. Webber ’93
recently sent in the following update: “Back in July
of 2012, my wife and I hit
the road for a five-month, 21,000-mile honeymoon
from Portland, OR, bound for Portland, ME, and all places in between. Our Alex Goekjian ’89 (top left) and his son spent time catching up with Mr. Pelz ’71 at Browning in October. Luis Llosa ’86 (far right) spoke on a visiting author panel as part of the 2013 Book Fair at Browning in October.
Friday night before Christ-
mas. Alumni in attendance included: Bryan Rhee ’89, Campbell McCrary ’89, Michael Beys ’89,
Andrew Monachelli ’89, Peter Orphanos ’89,
Jonathan Mason ’89,
Vassili Frantzis ’89 and L to R: Bryan Rhee ’89, Campbell McCrary ’89, Michael Beys ’89, Andrew Monachelli ’89, Peter Orphanos ’89, Jonathan Mason ’89, Vassili Frantzis ’89 and James Chow ’89 at the Class of ’89’s annual holiday dinner in December.
James Chow ’89.”
Alexander W. Goekjian ’89
and his son visited Brown-
ing in October. They reside in Amsterdam, where Mr.
Goekjian is a freelance film
producer. This was his first
visit back to the School since he left in the ’80s when his family moved to Paris.
goal? Taking strangers out
to breakfast across America. Almost a year and a half
since we began our journey, our book ‘Breakfast with
Strangers: 50 Meals Across America’ has hit virtual
bookstands. It’s filled with tons of photos, the stories
of 50+ breakfast strangers, and all the other stuff we encountered on our anti-
We’ll be donating 10% of the proceeds from the book to US Servas, our partner on
this adventure. It was truly an amazing journey and,
we hope, an inspiring story to read.” For more infor-
mation, please visit www.
In November, Adeo Ressi ’90 Andrew Monachelli ’89 (center) visited Browning in January. He is pictured here with Director of Technology Aaron Grill (left) and Director of Alumni Affairs Laura Lanigan.
Andrew Monachelli ’89
reports: “In what has now
become a holiday tradition
for members of the Class of
1989, eight of us gathered this year at Bobby Van’s Steak House for our 5th annual steak dinner the
was featured in a New York
Times article titled “An Entrepreneur Who Manufactures
Entrepreneurs.” Mr. Ressi is the
founder of TheFunded.com, an online community where
entrepreneurs rate investors,
Adeo Ressi ’90 as featured in The New York Times in November.
L to R: Director of Facilities and Security Kenny Marshall, Scott Etess ’97 and Headmaster Clement.
Christoph S. Teves ’98
recently sent in the follow-
ing news: “Ended 2013 on a glorious note. Got engaged to my marvelous soon-tobe wife, Katherine Bundy
Harding. I think about my
class and school every day. Go ’98!”
Wesley Kaplan ’97’s son, Mason.
Wesley N. Kaplan ’97
John H. Baker ’01 was mar-
L to R: Alex Sheridan ’04, Adam Dalva ’04 and Jeremy Katz ’04 met at Browning in October to discuss plans for their 10th reunion.
Andy Sandberg ’01
continues to work as a
director, writer, producer
and performer in the New York theater scene. His
latest production, “Craving for Travel,” a comedy he
co-wrote and directed, had its world premiere Off-
Broadway in January and
in business development
is the associate scenic
on Andy’s upcoming
Broadway musical, “The
for leadership and experiScott J. Etess ’97 visited
Browning in November.
Mr. Etess is the chief operating officer of a security
systems integration company called Idesco.
Chris Coffey ’98 mar-
ried Adam J. Riff at Jazz at Lincoln Center on January
4, 2014. The two met working on Mayor Michael R.
Bloomberg’s 2009 re-elec-
tion campaign. They live in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
Colin R. McGurk ’01
designer on the new
catching up with many
alumni at the Holiday Party and looks forward to seeing everyone again at Alumni
Reunion on Friday, May 2! Class Representatives
Sheridan ’04 met in Octo-
film directorial debut in
for The Conference Board
reports that he enjoyed
will be making his feature
video editor in New York.
Mr. Kaplan currently works
July and is working as a
Adam Dalva ’04, Jeremy
various theater projects, he
have a son named Mason.
contact him at Andy@
February. In addition to
ried to Lene Hockstein last
and his wife, Deborah,
2014. For more information productions, please visit
Katz ’04 and Alexander
ber to discuss plans for their class’ 10th Reunion celebration at Browning on Friday, May 2, 2014.
Laurent S. Manuel ’04
Gentleman’s Guide to
recently joined Atmospheir
Walter Kerr Theatre. This
show. Mr. Dearinger at-
preview performance and
one ID to connect and share
Both events were full of
of contact information. The
very active part of Brown-
process of beginning a Series
in lighting design and set
also teamed up with a fellow
Love and Murder,” at the
Inc. as vice president of
is Colin’s first Broadway
Atmospheir is a social
tended the show’s first
where individuals can use
had dinner with Colin.
complete and tailored sets
belly laughs. Colin was a
company is currently in the
ing drama, on stage and
A financing round. He has
Colin McGurk ’01.
Brown University alum,
IN MEMORIAM Carter K. Berardi ’08 Paul D. Collins ’43
Anna E. Crouse P ’64
Barton P. Ferris, Jr. P ’93 Marcia Glanz P ’02
Many Alumni Council members attended the 2013 Book Fair’s opening night cocktail party (L to R): Nick Versandi ’01, Peter Stavropoulos ’82, Andrew Ponzo ’98, Stuart Orenstein ’00, Juan Reyes ’86 and Director of Alumni Affairs Laura Lanigan.
also written for T: The New
York Times Style Magazine. In January, he was named
Pamela Greenspan P ’00 Sarah Kidd
T. Jonathan Revere ’56
Eda Seasongood Field Zahl P ’68 Stephanie Zaro-Levey P ’01
the U.S. Editor (a writing position) of the British
men’s quarterly magazine, Port. The magazine, currently on its 12th issue, Tab McEntyre ’09 (left) and Sandy Pelz ’71 at Browning in January.
Shilpi Gupta (a Sundance Festival Grand Jury Prize winner and three-time
Emmy nominee), to produce
focuses on literature, politics, design and style, and has featured writers such
as Jonathan Franzen, Jona-
than Lethem, Martin Amis, Nathaniel Rich, William T.
Vollmann and Rick Moody.
obstacles – war, violence and
through the metaphor of
a sophomore at Skidmore
“Changing the Game,” a
youth learning to transcend
a ravaging AIDS epidemic –
Matthew M. Marani ’12 is
soccer. Laurent has played
countries on three continents,
Michael J. Gabrellian ’13
soccer has the power to
Current, a current events
professional soccer in 11
Former Grytte Editor
always with the belief that
now writes for the Cornell
change young lives.
and industry trends organi-
regular contributor to The
where he is a freshman.
writes for the Metro and
made the track team at the
tions of the paper. He has
where he is a freshman.
Alex Vadukul ’07 is a
New York Times, where he Sunday Metropolitan sec-
zation at Cornell University, Wilfred O. Wallis ’13
University of Rochester,
The Browning community
mourns the loss of Sarah Kidd, a talented young cellist and
first conductor of the School’s Ovation Orchestra. Ms. Kidd
died on January 28, 2014. She
was an adjunct faculty member
at Browning, conducting during the 2011-2012 school year. In early January, with the aid of Director of
Technology Jeremy Sambuca, the members of the
Ovation Orchestra produced a video in her honor. Included was their performance of Prokofiev’s
“Troika.” Ms. Kidd, her husband and family found
great comfort in the boys’ video and extended their
heartfelt thanks to the Browning community for their thoughtfulness and support.
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FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014!
Alumni Reunion is right around the corner on AL UMNI REUNION Fri
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If your class year ends in “4” or “9,” your class is celebrating a major reunion in 2014! All alumni, regardless of class year, are invited to attend the following events on Friday, May 2: • Alumni Career Panel • True Grytte Society & Consecutive-Year Donor Luncheon at the Knickerbocker Club (by invitation only) • Reunion Cocktail Reception for alumni and faculty featuring the Alumnus Achievement Award presentation to Mr. Vernon, as well as the announcement of the Stephen S. Perry ’76 Memorial Class Representative Awards and the Class of 2004’s 10th Reunion Gift For more information, please contact Director of Alumni Affairs Laura N. Lanigan at email@example.com or 212-838-6280 Ext. 192 or visit www.browning.edu/alumni to reserve your place. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Honoring the 2014 Recipient of the Class of 1938 Alumnus Achievement Award
Weston Vernon III ’49 Veteran broadcast journalist and Washington-based writer
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Browning Captures Its First Science Bowl Trophy! Under the leadership of science teacher Melodie Ting, Browning competed in the Interschool Science Bowl and won against seven other schools, many of which are much larger in size. Learn more about the boys’ success by turning to page 8 for an article by Philip van Scheltinga ’14. THE