On Thursday, April 21st, five members of The Wheatley School’s Brainstormers Club, Mohammad Khanzada, Chris Shen, Gabriel Besada, Luke Cuomo, and Rahul Ajmera, departed East Williston to compete in the 2016 National History Bee and Bowl National Tournament in Arlington, Virginia. The aforementioned club members qualified for Nationals after their accomplishments at the Lower Hudson Regional National History Bee and Bowl Tournament held on December 19, 2015. The Wheatley Brainstormers competed against students from across the United States in group and individual tournaments.
On Friday, April 22nd, Rahul Ajmera, a member of the eighth grade class, made an impressive showing in the Junior Varsity U.S. Geography Bee tournament. Friday night, senior class member Mohammad Khanzada advanced to the second round of the National Sports Bee. On Saturday, Mohammad Khanzada, Chris Shen, Luke Cuomo, and Gabriel Besada competed in the National History Bowl. The team competed against schools from the Northeastern United States. Although the team performed at their best, they were unable to advance to the final rounds of the tournament. On Sunday, Mohammad competed in the final competition of the weekend, the National History Bee. In the final tournament of his career, Mohammad demonstrated the commitment, effort, and resolve that makes The Wheatley Brainstormers Club an invaluable addition to the Wheatley School Community.
The Wheatley Brainstormers Club advisor, Mr. Crotty, would like to express his gratitude to the following members of the club who will be graduating in June: Mohammad Khanzada, Gabriel Besada, Luke Cuomo, Jake Williams, Ashwin Reddy, Andrew Zuckerman, and Arihant Jain. Thank you for five years of invaluable service and countless accomplishments.
[Thank you to Mr. Crotty for the write-up and some of the photos!]