Wheatley Inducts 69 Students into its National Honor Society Chapter!

Earlier this evening, 69 students were inducted into Wheatley’s Chapter of the National Honor Society. Students inducted into the National Honor Society have met the requirements of the organization’s four pillars: Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Service.

In a wonderful ceremony organized by Wheatley’s NHS advisor, Ms. Allison Chanin-Bermudez, some of the current National Honor Society officers spoke about each pillar of the society. Anne Yan spoke about Scholarship, Jacob Chimerine spoke about Leadership, Carol Wu spoke about Character and Caroline Crimmins spoke about Service.

The Keynote Address was given by Kelsey Eckhoff, a member of the Class of 2011. Kelsey spoke passionately about creating one’s one path through life by following one’s passions. During her wonderful address, Kelsey reflected on her own experiences and how her willingness to engage with her community, receive advise and, at times, put herself outside of her comfort zone has led to a remarkable post-Wheatley life of studies and work.

Thank you to Ms. Chanin-Bermudez for organizing such a wonderful ceremony!

Congratulations to the following inductees:


  • Dina Aldad
  • Karan Amin
  • Sarah Amselem
  • Devorah Anayati
  • Miles Baker
  • Paige Barrett
  • Tiffany Bernot
  • Julia Braito
  • Lucy Brancaccio
  • Nicole Buchheim
  • William Cafarelli
  • Francis Cappi
  • Megan Chau
  • Ziyi Chen
  • Sarah Chimerine
  • Brooke Christman
  • Anthony Di Fiore
  • Lauren Druz
  • Domenique Dunne
  • Jesse Futerman
  • Anthony Giunta
  • Charlotte Goldbaum
  • Sean Gray
  • Sofia Greenfield
  • Brittney Guerra
  • Andrew Gullotta
  • Farah Hasan
  • Tiffany Jiao
  • Yexinning Jin
  • Cecilia Jozef
  • Maritsa Kanes
  • Amanda Kim
  • Joshua Koelsch
  • Matthew Kreitzer
  • Eva LaMonica
  • Kristen Leong
  • Yusuf Meghji
  • Aliza Moezinia
  • Ethan Moreh
  • Tyler Mosca
  • Jessica Nussdorf
  • Ciara O’Brien
  • Justin Parker
  • Mahesh Pitchayan
  • Pricilla Prasad
  • Hailey Ramalhete
  • Avani Ramnarayan
  • Samantha Rothstein
  • Jamie Ryan
  • Brooke Schwartz
  • John Scudero
  • Manan Shukla
  • Angela Signorile
  • Joanna Signorile
  • Vedant Singh
  • Andrew Sivin
  • Abigail Smichok
  • Danielle Smichok
  • Michelle Smichok
  • John Tretolo
  • Kristen Tursi
  • Caleb Varghese
  • Dustin Wong
  • Kenton Wu
  • Justin Wu
  • Chloe Yadegar
  • Camellia Ye
  • Brandon Zhu
  • Mara Zuckerman

Abhishek Kumar Presenting Research in Denver!

Congratulations to Abhishek Kumar (Class of 2018) who was invited to present his research at The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis. Abhishek departed for Denver this past Sunday and will spend the week at the conference—including a presentation session!

Abhishek will present his project titled: Performance Analysis of a Parallelized Restricted Boltzmann Machine Artificial Neural Network Using OpenACC Framework and TAU Profiling System.

This SC17 conference brings together the international high performance computing community—a gathering of scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators and developers that is unequaled in the world—for an exceptional program of technical presentations, papers, informative tutorials, timely research posters and Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) sessions.

The SC17 Exhibition Hall features the latest technologies and accomplishments from the world’s leading vendors, research organizations and universities; SC17 provides the unique opportunity to see the latest technologies that will shape the future of large-scale technical computing and data-driven science.

Abhishek worked under the guidance of Senior Technology Engineer Dr. Abid Malik at Brookhaven National Laboratories in Upton, New York.

You can view Abhishek’s presentation board here: Abhishek Kumar Research Board

Congratulations to Abhishek! [Thanks to Ms. Pace, our Science Department Chair, for the write-up!]

Congratulations to Girls Volleyball, Nassau County Class B Champions!

In a tense match against perennial powerhouse Seaford, the Wheatley Girls Volleyball team battled to a 3-0 match victory! In doing so, they earned the Nassau County Class B Championship Crown!

Playing fiercely yet loosly, the girls rallied from behind at times and never gave up!

Congratulations to Coach Greeley and the entire team!

The girls will play for the Long Island Championship on Saturday, 11 November at 1:30 pm at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood. Go Wildcats!

More Wheatley Students Earn Girl Scouts Silver Award!

A few weeks ago, I shared news about three of our 9th graders earning their Girl Scouts Silver Award. In fact, we had a total of 10 Wheatley 9th Graders earn this presitigious recognition! All of these students were from Troop 1849, and they have been led since kindergarten by Mrs. Lauri Palmieri!

Congratulations to all of the students on earning this terrific recognition!

Troop 1849 – Silver Award Projects
  1. Alexandra Castiglie – “Launching 94 Superstars” – PS 94 is an underprivileged school that wanted to launch a volleyball team.  Aly recruited girls to try out and received a commitment from the school that practices and games would be held this year and going forward.  Aly was able to provide the team with all the necessary equipment including  t-shirts needed for a successful season.
  1. Jaclyn Denicker – “Organizing Headstart” – Headstart is program serving underprivileged children in a neighboring community.  Jaclyn built a cabinet to store the art supplies and winter gear she collected for the children.  She organized the supplies, toys and winter gear so the children have a better experience at Headstart.
  1. Kayla Gray and Aarushi Jain – “The Lending Library” – This project brought an accessible library to the residents of The Bristal.  Kayla and Aarushi built a cart and started a portable library at The Bristal.  The portable library makes books accessible to residents who can’t visit the library on their own.
  1. Madeline Lindenauer, Grace Quinn & Sage Silber – “Fostering Awareness for Foster Care” – Department of Social Services serves 300 children in foster care in Nassau County.  This project brought awareness to the system serving these children.  Madeline, Grace and Sage assembled birthday boxes containing everything needed for a birthday party.  They received commitments from troops to continue putting together boxes in 2018.
  1. Natalie Scudero and Olivia Palmieri – “Bringing Awareness to EB” – Epidermolysis Bullosa is a rare genetic disease of which not many people are aware.  Children born with EB lack the protein Collagen VII. Without this protein, the skin is sheer because the layers are not fused together, and blisters occur at the slightest touch.  Natalie and Olivia solicited donations from various companies that manufacturer or distribute products needed by a local child suffering from this disease, they hosted a younger troop at a cupcake decorating class to receive additional donations, and educated the community about this terrible disease.
  1. Gabriella Testani – “Children Interview Room” – Children who are the subjects of family court cases are traumatized by what is going on in their homes.  The interview process can also be traumatic.  Gabriella set up a room to make these children more comfortable.  Gabriella painted a mural in the room and set up book and toy shelves.  The room is used by hundreds of children a month and will hopefully make them feel more comfortable when meeting with an attorney.