Brooklyn Tech is a school known for its academic prowess, so much so that its athletic achievements are sometimes given little attention. Things were different, however, on February 6, when seven Tech athletes were honored for either being recruited by or signing with Division 1 athletic programs.
Tech pulled out all the stops with a press conference held in the library featuring MSG Varsity and other members of the media. Kevin Tynes of the wrestling team, James Gales, Thomas Plonski, Benjamin Haye, and Kyvaune Brammer of the football team, Lauren Wu of the basketball team, and Anne-Laure White of the track team all sat at a long table in front of reporters and took questions.
Tynes, who placed at this year’s New York State Wrestling Championships, was impressed with the conference. Regarding the day’s events, the Stanford bound senior said, “It is great to see Tech athletes be recognized. Many people on the outside think we are only nerds but it’s just not true.”
Most of the day’s attention was focused on Gales, Plonski, and Brammer, who helped put Tech Football back on the map with an incredible run into the second round of the city playoffs this past season. At the press conference, Gales signed a letter of intent with Princeton, Plonski with Villanova, and Brammer with Fordham. Benjamin Haye has not committed to a school yet but was honored for receiving a $20,000 scholarship from the Tech football program.
Regarding his college plans, Plonski said, “I can’t wait to go to Villanova. We had a great season here this year and I only expect the same at Villanova next season.”
“I’m so excited to start this new chapter in my life,” said Gales who also started on the Varsity Basketball team this year. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work and so have my teammates. I know we are all going to do great at the next level.”
The whole crux of the press conference was to recognize all athletes who plan to play in college, not just the football players who have stolen the spotlight this year.
Lauren Wu and Anne-Laure White are stars of the girls’ basketball and track teams respectively. Both maintain stellar averages and are being looked at by Ivy League schools such as Yale and Columbia.
“Tech athletics isn’t just about football this year,” said Plonski of Wu and White’s achievments. “Anne and Lauren have done great things too and I’m glad Tech recognized them along with us.”
A number of Tech faculty attended the press conference as well, including Michael Boulis, a teacher in the Civil Engineering Major.
“I have taught James, Benjamin, and Thomas for two years,” said Boulis. “They are great athletes, great students, and above all great people. I have utmost confidence in them and wish them all the best as athletes in college and men in the future.”
It seems that all of Tech is rallying behind these student-athletes as they move on to the next level. No matter who you talk to, everyone is excited for them.
“I don’t know any of the athletes personally, but I do know that they will make Tech proud when they go on to college,” said Vaibhav Gargi, a senior.
All in all, the press conference on February 6 has changed popular perception of Tech. People on the inside and the outside are starting to see the school as a place where both students and athletes can flourish. The group of college-bound athletes from the Class of 2013 is unique and hopefully the first of more great student-athletes to come.