Hallie ArbitalJacoby is the Newest Wheatley Idol!

On Friday night, the Wheatley auditorium was packed with spectators enjoying the 13th edition of Tri-M’s Wheatley Idol! Hosted by Michaela Balboni and Saman Suleman, the evening featured performances from ten competitors. From these ten initial competitors, three finalists were selected by our “celebrity” judges: Mr. Eckers, Ms. Seferian and Mr. Wilson. These three finalists then performed another song and the winner was selected by audience vote.

This year’s ten competitors were:

Grace McPhillips (11th Grade)

Kavina Amin (10th Grade)

Shruti Goyal (9th Grade)

Gabriella Zucker, Accompanied by Grace McPhillips (11th Grade)

Brianna Werney (9th Grade)

Jaime Behar (8th Grade)

Michelle Porter (11th Grade)

Tessa Karikas, accompanied by Nicole Hetzel (both 12th Grade)

Emma Melnikov (9th Grade)

Hallie ArbitalJacoby (12th Grade)


From these ten initial competitors, the three finalists selected were: Tessa Karikas, Emma Melnikov and Hallie ArbitalJacoby! Each of these finalists performed another song for the audience.

Tessa Karikas (with Nicole Hetzel), Round 2

Hallie ArbitalJacoby (Round 2)

Emma Melnikov (Round 2)

After these three performances, the audience voted. While the votes were being tallied, last year’s Wheatley Idol, Kaileigh Fiorillo, dazzled the audience with her renditio of “Burn” from Hamilton:


When the vote count came in, Hallie ArbitalJacoby was declared the winner of Wheatley Idol XIII! She performed one more song for the audience:

Thank you to our Tri-M students and our Tri-M Advisor (Angela Luftig) for all of their work putting together this wonderful evening!

Here are some photos from the event!

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