Poly Mail                                                                                         February 2017

Poly Robotics Qualifies for Maryland State Championship
The High Tech Parrots have been hard at work! All four of the Poly VEX Robotics teams have qualified for the Maryland State Championships which will be held March 3-4 at Dundalk Sparrows Point/Technical High School. More than 60 teams will compete and winners will advance to the World Championships April 19-22 in Kentucky, where they will face off with robotics teams from across 34 countries! Wishing them the best of luck!

Poly Student Wins the 2017 Baltimore Brain Bee
Nine students from four area high schools recently competed in the Baltimore
Brain Bee at the JHU School of Education. Poly student Torey Dickson won 1st place and will now compete in the USA National Bee March 17-19! Additionally, he and his teacher have a scholarship to attend the Brain Injury Association of Maryland conference. Congrats to Torey and all of the Poly participants, Poly is happy to display the bee trophy! 

Senior Athletes Sign Letters of Intent
Several Poly athletes have made news by signing national letters of intent. Congratulations to: William Henderson (Track and Field) - Penn State University, Nadia Hackett (Track and Field) - UMCP, De'vondre Perry (Basketball) - Temple University, and Barry Amos (Football) - St. Francis, PA. 

Check out the Poly Sports News page to stay up to date with all of the Engineers' athletic success and schedules!
Wrestling Team Wins Big
In an unexpected finish, the Poly wrestling team took first place in the
District IX Wrestling Championship! Poly placed ahead of Dunbar, the
defending champions. Poly had 4 individuals in championship finals. Congrats to: Terrell Mills (Sr.) (currently ranked in the top 10 in Maryland), Ben Wright (Jr.), Mervyn Crawford (Soph) (currently ranked # 12 in the state) and Tariq Griffin (Jr.). Mervyn Crawford also took home the top honor of "Outstanding Upper Weight" for the tournament. Congrats, team!
Cross Country Coaching Position Open
BPI is seeking a Boy's Cross Country Coach. Click here for more information on how to apply for this position if you, or someone you know, is interested. 

"Poly Follies" to Return
Stay tuned for updates as the beloved "Poly Follies" plan a show for the first time in years!

Foundation General Scholarship is Now Available!
The Poly Foundation General Scholarship enables students to use one application to apply to more than 30 scholarships from endowments, scholarship funds, awards and outside foundations.  This application is due March 1, 2017.  Please have students visit www.bpi.edu/scholarships to complete an application. 

Blazing the Trail
Jason H. Williams '62 during his collegiate swimming years.
Photo credit: University of Maryland
Jason H. Williams '62 reflects on his years as a trailblazing student athlete through his high school and college career in the 1960s, and the factors that shaped his success.  Click here to read his inspiring story from the University of Maryland.   

Career Day Alumni Volunteers Needed
Career Day will be held on Wednesday, April 26th at BPI.  Alumni volunteers are needed to join our guidance department in exposing Poly students to the "real world" by coming back to campus and speaking to the students. Click here for details, or contact Mr. Anthony Herald in the Guidance office at AHarold@collegeboundfoundation.org or the Foundation office at alumni@bpi.edu

In Memorium
The Poly family is saddened to learn of the passing of the following community members:
  • Earle Maseth '47, passed away on December 7, 2016.
  • Paul Evans Wareheim, Jr. '48,  passed away on Friday, January 27, 2017.
Faculty Tribute
"It is with deep sadness that I noted the passing of L. Allen Wittel, Poly's former band director.  Mr. Wittel was not only my music teacher in my early student years, he was an early mentor of my music development. He first came into my life as a first grader at Roland Park Elementary school in 1949 when he came into my classroom and played the clarinet for us, while we kept time on rhythm instruments. Mr. Wittel was most helpful in helping me in this discovery of new music-making, the oboe.  It turns out the oboe was a major instrument that he played, so my musical education was greatly enhanced by his vast experience.  I graduated from Roland Park and went on, as planned, to Poly in the fall of 1959, enrolled in the B course curriculum. My days were, of course filled with engineering studies, but afternoons were spent hanging around the band room, which in the North Avenue campus, was a big room over the entrance to the auditorium. I played oboe in the concert band, and trombone in the marching band. But as time went on, I became more and more serious about the oboe. Our band director at the time told me about the Deitches Scholarship available to Peabody preparatory dept. to study my instrument. I applied, and won a scholarship. I then looked forward to Saturdays, going downtown to Peabody and taking oboe lessons and musicianship classes. Meanwhile, I was still studying hard in my classes as a junior at Poly. The band director left Poly at the end of that year, and who should come as the new Poly band director, but Mr. Wittel!  He was excited to hear about my serious study of the oboe, and continued to give me good personal guidance. 
I went on the play in the U.S. Air Force Band, and one of my last concerts with them was in either late July 1970 at the "new" Poly auditorium.  Not only did I get to see the new school for the first time, but Mr. Wittle was there. It was the last time I saw him. He was there as the school coordinator for the concert we did. It was a very special time because he got to meet my wife and my two children at the time"
 ~Gary Parks '62


The names of James C. DeWald '67 and L. Allen Wittel were spelled incorrectly in previous publications, sincere apologies are offered for this error. 

Poly/City Golf Tournament
The 2017 Annual Poly & City Golf Tournament will be held at the Country Club of Maryland in Towson, the usual place. However, due to work on the course, we have a NEW date this year, Monday July 17th. Please contact Doug Walters or the Foundation office at alumni@bpi.edu for information and/or to sign up. Details will be posted on the Poly web site, www.bpi.edu shortly.

Reunion Calendar

Check out a list of upcoming reunions for all of the latest information! If you have updated reunion information, or need to add your class reunion to the list, please contact the Alumni Association at alumni@bpi.edu or 410-889-7659

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