The penultimate award given during the Academic Awards Night is the PTO Student Recognition award.
The purpose of this award is to recognize two deserving seniors who exhibit the qualities we value and encourage in our young people:
- Kindness, respect, and tolerance for self, others and the environment
- Good judgment and decision making
- High ethical standards and character
- Courage to overcome obstacles
- Good citizenship
- Dependability and helpfulness
These awards were presented by our PTO Co-president, Mrs. Diane Cumming. Here is what was said about this year’s recipients:
This first recipient of the PTO Recognition Award is an intelligent and friendly young man with an adventurous spirit. He is constantly looking for new and exciting things to try and is always willing to step outside his comfort zone.
In addition to outstanding grades in demanding courses, this recipient has dedicated his time to a wide range of extracurricular and community service activities, including athletics, student government and volunteering to help the homeless. No matter what he has chosen to do, he has done so with a full effort, leading by example. Over the past five years, we have watched him grow (and grow and grow) into an outgoing, confident and open-minded young man. His smile and generosity will be missed next year.
On behalf of the Wheatley PTO, it gives me great joy to present the PTO Recognition Award to Zach Calabrese.
This year’s second recipient of the PTO Recognition Award has demonstrated that success is not only defined by the grades earned, but most importantly by the impact one has on others in their school and community. An outstanding student who earned AP Scholar with Distinction recognition, she has also been a committed leader of our Dance Team and an active member of our student government.
Her positive impact has been felt by her dedication to St. Aidan’s Church, serving as a volunteer in the peanut butter gang as well as serving as a Bible school counselor, where she works directly with young students on arts and crafts, music and Bible studies. In addition, this student has devoted countless hours sewing and designing pillowcases that are delivered to children affected by cancer on Long Island. She simply loves to help in any way possible. She is one of the kindest and most respected individuals at Wheatley.
On behalf of the Wheatley PTO, it is with great pleasure that we present the PTO Recognition Award to Kathryn Feil.