Wheatley Brainstormers Compete in National History Bee and Bowl!

On Thursday, 20 April, two members of the Wheatley School’s Brainstormers academic quiz bowl team, Rahul Ajmera and Patrick Brady, traveled to Arlington, Virginia to compete in the National History Bee and Bowl National Tournament held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel. They were accompanied by the faculty advisor, Joseph Crotty.

On Friday morning, Rahul Ajmera participated in six rounds of the U.S. History Bee (individual competition). In the U.S. History Bee, Rahul competed against junior varsity students from across the United States, making The Wheatley School proud with his perseverance in a national competition. Later that afternoon Rahul and Patrick competed in two rounds of the U.S. Geography Olympiad (test) competition. At the current moment, results have not been published for the examinations. Rahul and Patrick are young members of The Wheatley School’s Brainstormers Club. In competing in a national tournament they have brought achievement and standing to our academic quiz bowl organization.

Thanks to Mr. Crotty for the description and the photos!

Student Trip to Italy a Wonderful Success!

Just before the start of the April Recess, 14 Wheatley students and 3 faculty chaperones departed for a 10-day adventure in Sicily. The trip was a wonderful success, with highlights including the following:

Mrs. Vasselman shared some wonderful photos of the trip. Additionally, Jason Manzano (Class of 2018) created a video of the trip.

The Robotics Video You Need to See!

Last week, the Wheatley CyberCats competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition at Hofstra University. Although the blog post of that competition included all sorts of photos, there was one important thing missing—a video of the robot in action!

Thanks to the fine work of CyberCat member Adam Rosenzweig (Class of 2018), we now have a terrific video compilation of the season! (Look for robot #2872 with the red bumpers!)




Wheatley Students Win Recognition at French Poetry Competition!

Five Wheatley students were rewarded for their outstanding performances at the French Poetry Competition on Wednesday, 29 March at The Portledge School in Locust Valley.

Freshman Emily Yagoda and sophomore Zachary Schloss both won first place for their recitations in their respective categories.  Emily chose to recite, “Unsaid” by Aliette Audra.  Zachary’s poem was “Correspondences” by Charles Baudelaire. 

Junior Vani Kumar won first place distinction in the upper level category for her recitation of “L’automne” by Alphonse de Lamartine.

Michelle Raja received the second place award for her recitation on “Hymne à la Beauté” also by Charles Baudelaire.

Eighth grader Manav Bansal won second place in the novice category for his recitation of “Le Cancre” by Jacques Prévert.

Wheatley French teacher J.F. Henley stated:

It is very rewarding to see the students take such an interest in poetry and apply that interest and enthusiasm to a setting such as this interscholastic competition.

This annual event is sponsored by the Nassau County Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French and is attended by students throughout the county.  Félicitations!

[Thanks to Susan Checkla for the photo.]

French Poetry 1

Vani, Michelle, Emily, Manan and Zachary

Manan Shukla Qualifies as a Semifinalist in USA Biology Olympiad!

Last week, we were notified that Sophomore Manan Shukla qualified as a semifinalist in the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) Open Examination. As such, Manan’s exceptional knowledge of the biological sciences helped him score in the top 10% of all students across the country.

The USA Biology Olympiad is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education, which first developed and administered this exam in 2002. The purpose of the exam is to help develop and train future leaders in the biological sciences.

Congratulations to Manan, and thanks to his science teachers for their support!


World Language Honor Societies Induct 48 Wheatley Students!

Earlier this evening, 48 Wheatley students were inducted into the three national language honor societies: La Société Honoraire de Français, La Società Onoraria Italica and La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. The purpose of these organizations is to stimulate interest in the study of these languages, to give recognition to scholarship and achievement in these languages and to promote an understanding and appreciation of the cultures and civilizations of the people who speak these languages.

In order to be eligible for induction into Wheatley’s chapters, students are required to maintain an average of at least A- for two consecutive years plus the first semester leading up to the induction ceremony. These initiates have also demonstrated interest in using the language beyond the classroom through their participation in local and national competitions, language clubs or travel experiences.

Over the course of the evening, Caroline Crimmins (Class of 2018) eloquently reflected on her Wheatley Foreign Language Experience, Vani Kumar (Class of 2018) recited “L’automne” by Charles Baudelaire, Eva Suppa recited “La Madre” by Alphonse de Lamartine, Adeel Anwar (Class of 2018) recited “Ritratto della mia bambina” by Umberto Saba,  Cecilia Jozef (Class of 2019) recited “Memoria” by Natalia Ginzburg and Kimberly Esquilín recited “La amistad,” a poem written by her grandfather.

The following students were inducted into the Société Honoraire de Français:

  • Charlotte Goldbaum
  • Kristen Leong
  • Jessica Nussdorf
  • Pricilla Prasad
  • Jamie Ryan
  • Danielle Smichok

The following students were inducted into the Società Onoraria Italica

  • Adeel Anwar
  • Paige Barrett
  • Anthony DiFiore
  • Cecilia Jozef
  • Amanda Molstad
  • Mahesh Pitchayan
  • Camellia Ye

The following students were inducted into the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica

  • Dina Aldad
  • Karan Amin
  • Tiffany Bernot
  • Julia Braito
  • Nicole Bruder
  • Nicole Buchheim
  • Megan Chau
  • Sarah Chimerine
  • Antony Deluxe
  • Lauren Druz
  • Sofia Fuertes
  • Sofia Greenfield
  • Brittney Guerra
  • Andrew Gullotta
  • Jonathan Hahami
  • Farah Hasan
  • Tiffany Jiao
  • Amanda Kim
  • Eva LaMonica
  • Lucas Miller
  • Ciara O’Brien
  • Aidan Pereira
  • Summer Puricelli
  • Samantha Rothstein
  • Brooke Schwartz
  • John Scudero
  • Manan Shukla
  • Angela Signorile
  • Joanna Signorile
  • Vedant Singh
  • Andrew Sivin
  • John Tretolo
  • Dustin Wong
  • Brandon Zhu
  • Mara Zuckerman

Congratulations to all of the inductees, and a huge “Thank You” to the World Language teachers who helped them achieve this milestone: Mrs. Joan Anderson (Department Chair), Mr. Jean-François Henley, Mrs. Julie Jacobson, Mrs. Mary Martinez, Mrs. Pilar Príncipe-Franco, Mr. Angel Rivero and Mrs. Susan Vasselman.

Student Travelers Depart for Italy!

Earlier this evening, 14 Wheatley students departed the school for JFK Airport in order to begin their ten day adventure in Italy! Led by faculty members Susan Vasselman, Michelle Gross and Rosa Chiarenza, these students will arrive in Palermo and spend their time traveling about Sicily, enjoying this island’s sites and history!

Safe travels to our students:

  • Salvatore Anteri
  • Anthony DiFiore
  • Rikki Gassman
  • Nicole Hetzel
  • Andrew Khafif
  • Antonio Liparoto
  • Jason Manzano
  • Lucas Matt
  • Nicholas Monachelli
  • Nicholas Chiodi
  • Olalekan Oshodi
  • Giavanna Papavero
  • Mahesh Pitchayan
  • Eva Suppa

Stay tuned for more information as we get news from our travelers!