For the first time in the 23-year history of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Scholar Team Athlete program, The Wheatley School received top recognition for three teams in one season. This spring, the Girls outdoor Track and Field team, Girls Lacrosse and the Softball team have been recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) for academic excellence.
The Scholar/Athlete Recognition Award Program recognizes athletic teams from across New York State for the exemplary academic performance of its team members. Based upon a composite of the grade point averages among team members, team champions are selected for each varsity sport from those high schools entering the competition.
On behalf of the NYSPHSAA, Mr. Tom Fitzpatrick, Director of Athletics, will present the New York State Championship Banner to the coaches and members of each Championship team at a future Board of Education meeting.
The Girls Varsity Outdoor Track & Field team achieved an average of 99.31. Congratulations to Leigh Anderson, Lauren Bennis, Kelsey Beresheim, Adena Bernot, Dana Calabrese, Jessie Cao, Krista Chen, Jennifer Contreras, Nicole Cutinella, Alexa Georgeton, Sarah Golden, Joanne Joshua, Ankita Kelkar, Captain, Gretchen Keller, Katie Keller, Maura Koszalka, Sydney Kotin, Alana Leahy, Ashley Lessen, Jade Marcus, Ghazal Mizrahi, Erin O’Kelly, Elizabeth Quinn, Lavanya Reddy, Namita Reddy, Marisa Rios, Julia Scalera, Jamie Sellinger, Captain, Farrah Siegler, Rene Venable, Cindy Zhou, Ikra Zulfiqar, Sara Zulfigar, manager Melanie Esquilin and their coach Laura Gurick.
The Girls Varsity Lacrosse team achieved an average of 97.63. Congratulations to Julia Balboni, Captain, Nicole Carnabuci, Olivia DeLay, Margaret Giacinto, Nirel Gidanian, Brooke Goldfarb, Captain, Nicole Grieco, Morgan Hanel, Danielle Joel, Captain, Jolie Katz, Allison LaMonica, Gabriella Leccese, Lindsay LoBocchiaro, Alexa Mizhiritsky, Gabrielle Nelson, Tori Ormonde, Alexandra Ostad, Hannah Ostad, Jessica Sakeni, Micki Wain and their coaches Terry Grace and Jim Curcio.
The Varsity Softball team achieved an average of 96.63. Congratulations to Rebecca Besada, Olivia Braito, Sienna Brancato, Ellie Chen, Jessica Chu, Laura D’Angelo, Alexandra Dafgard, Leah Dwyer, Julia Haghighi, Shani Hogan, Lauren Hogg, Dina Hollar, Samantha Hurtado, Taylor Keenan, Cara Mattioli, Samantha Palazzolo, Jessica Patterson, Allie Schreiber, Perri Schreiber, Jordyn Stempel, Rachel Tomei, Morgan Tursi and coaches Christina Cambria and Kristin Adamski.
(Thanks to Tom Fitzpatrick for the write-up for this post!)