On Saturday, 17 February, The Wheatley Brainstormers competed in the Spring Tournament of the Columbia Cup at Columbia University in Manhattan. The Spring Tournament was the final competition in a series of three academic quiz bowl tournaments, known collectively as the Columbia Cup, hosted by the Columbia University Academic Quiz Bowl Team.
At the start of the week before the competition, The Wheatley Brainstormers planned on sending two teams of five students each to the competition. Due to the flu, only three students were healthy enough to compete on Saturday morning! A team of three dedicated students, Rahul Ajmera, Avinash Reddy, and Frederick Lin, all underclassmen, competed against academic quiz bowl teams from the metropolitan area in five rounds of competitions.
During the morning competitions, the team emerged with a hard-fought 2-2 record. During the afternoon consolation rounds, the three Wheatley students made an impressive comeback with a 3-0 record. At the end of the tournament, Frederick Lin was awarded a medal for winning 1st place, PPG (points-per-game) in the Standard Division of the Spring Tournament. Frederick has won two PPG medals during the course of the Columbia Cup.
Congratulations to Rahul, Avinash and Freddy for their determination to overcome obstacles and compete under difficult circumstances. Thank you to Advisor Joseph Crotty for accompanying the students to the competition, providing the write-up and sharing the photos!
Jean-François Henley, Wheatley’s French teacher extraordinaire, has shared the following update about our 23 intrepid travelers in France!
Day 5: Chenonceau and Chambord Castles
On this fifth day, the students visited the castles of Chenonceau and Chambord, with an extended pit stop in Amboise because of our bus’ mechanical problems (things don’t always go as planned when traveling!). This unexpected stop allowed the travelers to visit the Clos Lucé, where we saw the room where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last few years of his life (he would also die in the room). While there, the students were able to see replicas of some of da Vinci’s inventions.
Day 6: Normandy and Mont Saint-Michel
The Wheatley travelers left Tours and drove four hours to the Normandy region and visited the beautiful Mont Saint-Michel. What a sight! The bus then took them to Saint-Malo where the hotel sits inside the walled city. Students had a wonderful time walking the wall and exploring the cobble-stoned streets of the old city.
Our 23 student travelers (and three chaperones) continue to enjoy their time in France. Here is a summary of their recent activities. [Thanks to Jean-François Henley for the descriptions and photos!]
Day 3: Versailles and Shopping in Paris!
On this third day in France, students visited Versailles and explored its gardens. The travelers then split up into two groups: one group visited the Fragonard Musée du Parfum followed by shopping at Galeries Lafayette, while another group visited the Père-Lachaise cemetery (where famous French figures like Édith Piaf, Jean de la Fontaine and Molière are buried). The day ended with students having dinner in smaller groups at a restaurant of their choice in the Quartier Latin.
Day 4: Cooking Class and Chartres!
The students started their day with a cooking class at L’atelier des Chefs in Paris where they learned how to make papillotes of apples, raisins, cinnamon and maple syrup, chocolate soufflé with caramel sauce along with crepes and chocolate fondue. The travelers then drove to Chartres to admire the incredibly impressive cathedral and finished the day with a great exploration of the city of Tours.
The Wheatley Athletic Program is honored to recognize the accomplishments of Michael Medvedev. Michael has signed a letter of commitment to continue his impressive academic and tennis career at Williams College, in the NESCAC Conference.
Michael is a returning “Senior Captain” for the Wildcats, and a returning “All Conference” member of our varsity boy’s tennis team. Michael helps to organize practices and takes care of pre-game responsibilities. As our most complete player, he performs at the highest level on the court and continually adds spirit and charisma, keeping the team motivated and enthused. He was a major contributor on our 2017 second place finish in Conference IIA, finishing his junior campaign undefeated during the regular season. This year, Michael will lead by effort, attitude and example, hoping to carry his young team to the Nassau County Tennis Championships again this season.
Michael’s outstanding transcript speaks for itself. He has excelled in the most rigorous course of study at The Wheatley School. Michael has earned membership in the National Honor Society and is an AP Scholar with Honors. Michael is also the founder of a nonprofit organization, Serve4Underserved. Michael established this organization with the goal of bringing tennis equipment and clothing to the youth and communities in underserved neighborhoods in the tri-state New York area.
Michael is a nationally ranked USTA tennis player. He has been playing tennis since the age of 3, following in the footsteps of his mother who played competitively in Moscow and at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Michael’s love of tennis and his schedule of competitions challenged him to become an expert at time management. It also required Michael to miss many of the “normal” teenage activities that fill the weekends, such as birthday and other parties, hanging out with schoolmates and participating in other activities. Michael’s ability to adjust to all the demands and requirements of school, tennis and friendships has served him well. Michael has volunteered what little time he had free to teach tennis at the Kings County Tennis League and at Maria Sharapova and Friends Charity Event.
Michael signed his Letter of Intent to attend Williams College in Williamstown, MA to compete in tennis. His academic scholarship and athletic prowess will allow Michael to continue his pursuit of excellence. Congratulations to Michael and his family.
[Thanks to Tom Fitzpatrick for the write-up and the photos!]
On Wednesday evening, Wheatley students and East Williston music faculty partnered with the professional musicians from the Orchestra Long Island (formerly the Long Island Symphony) to present a lovely evening of music and entertainment. As part of this program, the professional musicians provided several group tutoring sessions to students who were participating in this joint concert, leading into a full rehearsal the afternoon of the concert. It is an inspirational evening for all involved!
A wonderful evening such as this takes place through the support of our Board of Education, Nassau BOCES and the Orchestra Long Island. A special “Thank You” to our very own Angela Luftig for her coordination of this event!
Thank you to Island Photography for the wonderful photos!
On 7 February, qualified members of our girls’ track team participated in the County Championship indoor track meet at St. Anthony’s High School. Our friends at Island Trees photography were there to take a few photos of the action!
On Thursday, 15 February, a group of 23 Wheatley students boarded a bus to head to JFK International Airport for the beginning of their nine-day trip to France! Accompanied by Wheatley Teachers Jean-François Henley and Jason Craven—as well as Willets Road nurse Arlene Kuchcicki—the travelers will experience all sorts of French language and cultural experiences.
Here is an update on some of the activity, beginning with the departure. [Thank you to Jean-François Henley, some parents and some students for the photos!]
Day 1: Departure from Wheatley (2/15)
There was a lot of excitement when the end of the day arrived and students were finally able to board the bus for the airport. Many parents came to the school to see their children off!
Day 1: Arrival in France
After a smooth flight and check-in, the students explored the Rue des Martyrs for their first lunch experience. After a wonderful time and satisfying dinner, they took a metro ride to l’Arc de Triomphe. The students climbed up the Arc for nighttime views of the City of Lights and concluded the evening with a walk down the Champs-Elysées.
Day 2: Visiting Paris
On a busy day in Paris, students visited the Eiffel Tower, les Invalides, Notre Dame and then had a sketching tour on Île Saint-Louis. The students then had the time to visit the Louvre followed by dinner in Montmartre (featuring escargots)!