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TECH STUDENT WINS CITY WIDE CONTEST!!

Gillian Dunsky has been selected as a contest winner (Water Champion) for the DEP’s 2019 Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest Celebration. Gillian is a senior from the Architecture Major.

Gillian Dunsky has been selected as a contest winner (Water Champion), Gillian is a senior from the Architecture Major. Upoma Ansary, has been selected as a winner for their outstanding art  and Solenne Wolfe, has been selected as a winner for outstanding poetry entry submitted to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) 33rd annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest. Their entries were beautifully executed and show genuine understanding of – and appreciation for – New York’s water resources. More than 1,600 watershed and New York City students participated in the contest this year.


Solenne Wolfe
Brooklyn Tech. HS , Environmental Major, 2020


Calmly cruising,
spotted flesh gliding far beneath the surface
of blue-green that my eyes see,
The trout know.

When streams’ clear rush
Runs cloudy,
Too cloudy to parch our thirst,
The trout know.
Before my eyes perceive
Grey particles floating, dancing, bouncing in the depths of their home,
The trout know.

At home, fish flesh is prepared,
Drowned in orange sauce --
Dinner is served.
In class, we watch eggs bloom to alevin,
Their next life cycle,
Orbs of life bursting with nutrients grow to sacs swimming slowly.
Soon, we will carry them with us
Upstream, to let them free,
Free of the confines of a tank,
Their silvery bodies sliding in and out of currents,
Slipping out of reach of metallic hooks

I wonder if the trout know,
Know of the role they play,
Know of how they ensure cool, clean water sprinkling
Running toddlers on a hot day, their rubber shoes quacking as their wet feet slip and slide.
I wonder if the trout know,
Know how students attach themselves to class pet fish,
Watching the trout grow.

I wonder if the trout know,
How we waste this precious resource,
that which lets our bodies move,
our dishes come out clean,
our plants blossom in spring.

I wonder if the trout know,
Of the billion gallons of water our city life guzzles each day.
As I wash my hands, as from the faucet flows water with no struggle,
no sputtering, no spilling,
that speckled species ensures our clean drinking water.
I wonder if the people know.
I wonder if they know of the trout.