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In this issue:
• Homecoming 2011
Intel Finalist
PTA Auction
Tech Violinist
B-Ball Fundraiser
Alumni News

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Brooklyn Tech Homecoming 2011
Brooklyn Tech Cheerleaders lead the way.

In 1961, Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s single season home run record, and 50 years later members of the golden anniversary Class of 1961 rounded the bases and touched home at Brooklyn Tech’s Homecoming 2011.

The annual April event also honored the classes of ’61, ’66, ’71, ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91 and ’01. Graduates from the ‘30s, ‘40’s and ‘50s were recognized, including cousins Peder M. Ness ’37 and Walter C. Ness ’39. More than 800 alums, 300 students and 90 current and retired teachers participated. [Read Full Story]


The Intel Corporation has selected Brooklyn Tech as a finalist in its 2011 Schools of Distinction Awards Program. Tech joins 18 U.S. schools for this honor and is one of three high schools selected in the science category.

According to Principal Randy Asher, this honor is the result of a comprehensive application written by his administrative team and Alumni Foundation CEO Matt Mandery “outlining the work done daily in our Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Applied Sciences classrooms.” [Read Full Story]


The Brooklyn Tech community of parents, students, staff, alums and neighborhood business owners gathered on March 26th to make the first annual “A Taste of Brooklyn Tech” gala auction a rousing success.

More than 150 admission tickets were sold and well over $10,000 was raised to support Tech students through programs such as the PTA Club and Teams Grant Program and the PTA Scholarship Program.
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  Alexandra Ginzburg 

Ever since she arrived at Tech as an incoming sophomore, violinist Alexandra Ginzburg ’11 has been drawing rave reviews. Her Tech music teacher Geraldine Lapierre was beaming as she described Alexandra’s most recent performance as “awesome.”

For the fourth consecutive year, the Brooklyn Tech Chamber Ensemble, led by Alexandra’s solo performance, won first place in the Brooklyn Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Festival with a Mozart violin concerto performance. She was accompanied by Peter Chen, Hanchang Kim, Nerissa Andales, Amanda Low, Sophia Jing, and Sichen Ying.
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Friends become family when trouble strikes, so when Jamal Joseph ’07 saw the large turnout at an alumni basketball benefit for him in the Tech gym, his first thought was, “Like a family.”

Over the winter, Jamal suffered severe burn injuries from a snow blower accident while helping his father clear snow. Only a few days before the accident, his friends Aundree Booker ’06 and Joanne Fernandez ’06 had reminisced with a happy, healthy Jamal and other Tech alums at a friend’s birthday party. When Joanne, a medical student at CCNY’s Sophie Davis School heard about the tragic accident, she understood the painful and expensive treatments that awaited Jamal and immediately decided, “I had to do something.”
[Read Full Story]

Alumni News

On Saturday, June 4th at 11AM members of the Brooklyn Tech community will come together to help raise money for the Adam J. Cirillo Scholarship Fund and the Brooklyn Tech Football program at the 3rd Annual Brooklyn Tech Golf Outing, to be held at the Marine Park Golf Course in Brooklyn. For additional information please contact Kyle McKenna at 718-804-6428 or via e-mail at

On Saturday, June 25th the Brooklyn Tech Long Island Chapter is proud to present their Second Annual Day at the Belmont Races.  For additional details please visit this page.


Robert N. Smith, passed away on Saturday, April 30. He was a teacher of history, a subject he loved and conveyed wonderfully to his students, at Brooklyn Technical High School from which he retired in 1990. He was a lover and author of books and was heavily involved in many historical and other projects in East Williston. He was a U.S. Army veteran and an NYU alumnus. He will surely be missed by all those lucky enough to have known him. He is survived by his beloved wife Pauline, his son Nicholas and daughter-in-law Susanne.

Ms. Geraldine (Sharaun) Sheftall, who served the School Safety Sergeant at the school for many years recently passed away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

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