Carmel Student Is Programming Star at Tech Center

December 04, 2017

Andrew Braman is a shining star in his Microcomputer Technology classes at The Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, according to his teacher Joseph DeCicco.

“Andrew was one of only four students I trusted to configure the network when we built our lab this year,” said DeCicco, who described him as “helpful, knowledgeable and an excellent programmer.”
For his strong work ethic and passion for computer technology, Andrew was named a Student of Distinction for the Tech Center and honored at the Carmel Board of Education meeting on Nov. 21. Andrew, who was joined by his mother, his teacher and representatives of BOCES and Carmel, received a medal and certificate for his achievement. 

“He has discovered a love for programming in my class and is one of my best student programmers,” DeCicco said. “His programs are extremely creative—I know his future will be a bright one.”

In addition to being an A student, Andrew works well with everyone and is always willing to help. In fact, DeCicco said he was an especially great helper during the George Fischer Middle School Career Day last year.

“Andrew gave an outstanding presentation,” DeCicco said. “He made a tremendous impression as he answered a bombardment of student questions.” 

The Tech Center receives roughly 1,200 students each day from 18 component districts, explained Principal James Bellucci.

“All of our students are great,” Bellucci said to the Carmel Board of Education, “but Andrew is the kind of student that puts wind in our sails.”

Andrew takes two back-to-back class sessions in the morning at the Yorktown Tech Center before heading to Carmel High School for a full schedule there, noted Andy Irvin, Superintendent of Schools, Carmel Central School District.
“He does double duty and we are very proud of him,” he said.

BOCES Board President (and current Vice President of the Carmel Board of Education) Richard Kreps and Tech Principal Bellucci were both on hand to personally congratulate Andrew and tell his mother, Janet Braman, of Lake Carmel how proud they were of him.  

Andrew was very humble in accepting his award.

“It is great to have had this option to learn about and experience technology at such an advanced level,” he said of his experience at the Tech Center. “I’ve liked computers since I was little, and have always tried to figure out how things work.” 

And there is no doubt that Andrew has many interests and talents.

A high school senior, he said he plans to continue his studies of computer/technology next year at college, but his career plan is to become an educator, possibly teaching American history with a focus on World War II.

Group photo
From left, Janet Braman, Andrew’s mother; Andrew Braman; Teacher Joseph DeCicco, Tech Center Teacher; Richard Kreps, Vice President of Carmel Board of Education and President of the BOCES Board; and James Bellucci.