The Wheatley School Physical Education Department is proud to announce that Morgan Hanel and Luis Costa have been selected as Outstanding Physical Education students. Criteria for their selection include exceptional performance in physical education, scholarship, leadership qualities, and service to the Wheatley community. Morgan and Luis were honored for their selection at an awards banquet that was held at the Crest Hollow Country Club on 2 December 2014. The awards program was sponsored by the Nassau Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
Morgan and Luis are dynamic young adults with boundless energy and a wide range of interests. They have demonstrated commitment to the East Williston School District through their actions and have made a most positive contribution in their time in the district.
Morgan Hanel has been an “A” student throughout her high school years, with a 4.1 weighted GPA. As a physical education student, Morgan’s skill development and attitude have been exemplary. She has maintained a high profile in a variety of school and community programs. She is a member of the Wheatley Welcomer’s, Peer Leaders, CSI Challenge/Forensic Competition, Spanish Club, C.A.R.E Club, and President of Student Government. She is currently enrolled in six AP courses, is an AP Scholar with Honors, and has been inducted into the National Honor Society, National Foreign Language Honor Society. In addition, Morgan has received honorable mention recognition on the National Spanish Exam. Morgan is a four sport athlete, participating in cross country, winter track, lacrosse and track and field. She is also the captain of winter track and lacrosse teams. Morgan has received All Nassau County Honors in cross country, track and lacrosse. Somehow, Morgan finds time in her busy schedule to volunteer at Winthrop University Hospital and also shares her considerable talents to serve the needs of others as a food preparer at the Ronald McDonald House.
While pursuing a highly competitive academic program, Luis Costa has achieved a 3.97 weighted Grade Point Average. In the physical education setting, Luis participates with enthusiasm, is considered a leader among his peers, and has achieved an outstanding record of accomplishment throughout his high school years. He is a three-year starter and captain on the Carle Place/Wheatley Football team, the Wheatley Lacrosse team and played Basketball for two years. Luis has received All Nassau County Honor in both football and lacrosse In addition to his involvement in Wheatley athletics, Luis has pursued and committed himself to helping others as a peer tutor. Luis is currently taking five AP courses, is a member of the National Honor Society, the National French Honor Society and is an AP Scholar with Distinction. Luis has been a member and volunteered for Key Club, the Day of Service and Learning and Peer Tutoring. Luis’ commitment to the Wheatley School does not end in June as he has served the district as a summer worker. As a senior Luis leaped into a new venue as he became a member of The Wheatley Theatre Company. Luis’ efforts landed him the role of George Gibbs in Our Town, the highly acclaimed Wheatley School presentation.
(Thanks to Tom Fitzpatrick for the write-up of this recognition!)