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The Technite E-Newsletter December 2022
December 2022

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Elizabeth Ann Sciabarra

TechTimes Magazine Fall 2022

The TechTimes Fall 2022 issue is now available online and to download! This issue examines the future of STEM education and Tech's role in it. Meet members of the Centennial class and rising stars of Tech's next century. 

Clarence McCollum ‘69

Clarence McCollum '69

Clarence C. (Chris) McCollum ’69, a beloved Brooklyn Tech teacher, coach, mentor, and alumnus, passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2022. He was beloved as a coach and educator and as the advisor of Tech’s Keepers of the Brotherhood program. His students and players will have a lifetime of great memories of Mr. McCollum.

Honor a Technite

In 2022 the Brooklyn Tech community has mourned the loss of so many near and dear Technites.  

If you would like to make a gift in memory of a beloved Technite who has passed, consider making a tribute gift this calendar year-end. Indicate their name in the tribute line of our secure online donation line.

Team Success

Team Success

Technite Places 3rd at Chess Nationals

Representing Brooklyn Tech, Toshi Underwood ‘25 placed 3rd at the U.S. Chess Federation K-12 Grade Championships held December 9-11th in Washington, DC.

Girls Soccer Wins City Gold

The BTHS girls soccer team claimed the 2022-2023 New York City Public School Athletic League Championship, defeating Hunter College High School. Charlotte Connolly '23 scored two goals and Annabel Saacks ’25 scored as well. "The game was won because of an overall incredible team performance," says Coach Robyn McCullough.

Future World Vision STEM Pathways Day

Tech hosted a Future World Vision STEM Pathways event last Saturday, December 10th and assembled 200 participants from eight New York City middle schools underrepresented at Tech. Students participated in workshops that ran the gamut from aerospace to drone piloting and civil engineering.

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NY1 Video

NY1 on Brooklyn Tech’s Centennial

In anticipation of January 1, 2023 marking 100 years since Brooklyn Tech received its charter, a NY1 News crew recently paid Tech a visit. Since its first graduating class back in June 1923, Tech has grown into a powerhouse of public education. Ten years after its founding, Brooklyn Tech moved to its present massive building, built to serve 6,000 students. “It is a magical place, and I don't think it can be recreated today,” notes principal David Newman. See how Tech has evolved from its early days, when five majors were offered, to now offer 18 majors from Mechatronics and Robotics to Law & Society, Environmental Science, and Software Engineering.

Zakariah Malik '10

Black Boomer Besties from Brooklyn Podcast

Two Class of 1980 reps have a new podcast! Their 45-year friendship started at Tech so Dr. Leslie Osei-Tutu '80 (née Pooser) and Angella Fraser '80 made sure to do their podcast photoshoot by Tech in Fort Greene Park, with Angella flying in from North Carolina. As Angella puts it, "We are just two Brooklyn-bred besties inspiring folks to live life fully, no matter their age.” Their friendship has extended from Tech through the Ivy League, medical school, marriages, divorces, parenting queer children, life-threatening illness, triumphs, and more. Each week, Leslie and Angella aim to push against boundaries in love, culture, careers, faith, politics and outdated assumptions about women of a certain age. Available on most podcast platforms.

Walter Ness '39

Walter Ness '39

Walter Ness ’39 peacefully passed in his sleep at age 102, last Thursday, December 8th. Walter was our oldest known alumnus and attended every Homecoming, most recently in spring 2022. Walter, who celebrated his 102nd birthday on Thanksgiving, was living on his own and still driving up to the end. When he turned 100, Walter received three WWII service medals that were 75 years overdue. To celebrate his 100th birthday, his town declared a Walter Ness Day. Walter’s family is generously directing donations in his memory to the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation. (Indicate Walter Ness ‘39 in the tribute line.)

Hazel Ekeke '23

'Drew Gooder' Hazel Ekeke ’23

A first-generation Nigerian-American, Hazel Ekeke ’23, who works as a Just Ask Me Peer Health Educator for Children’s Aid and started Mission4Moms, a sliding-scale babysitting enterprise, was featured as a Drew Gooder on “The Drew Barrymore Show.” On the show that aired nationally on CBS on December 8th, 17-year-old Hazel discusses her aspiration to become a women’s health nurse practitioner and motivation to give back to her community — and receives a surprise, as well. Watch the heart-warming segment.