Wheatley Travelers Spend Day 3 and 4 in France!

Our 23 student travelers (and three chaperones) continue to enjoy their time in France. Here is a summary of their recent activities. [Thanks to Jean-François Henley for the descriptions and photos!]

Day 3: Versailles and Shopping in Paris!

On this third day in France, students visited Versailles and explored its gardens. The travelers then split up into two groups: one group visited the Fragonard Musée du Parfum followed by shopping at Galeries Lafayette, while another group visited the Père-Lachaise cemetery (where famous French figures like Édith Piaf, Jean de la Fontaine and Molière are buried). The day ended with students having dinner in smaller groups at a restaurant of their choice in the Quartier Latin.


Day 4: Cooking Class and Chartres!

The students started their day with a cooking class at L’atelier des Chefs in Paris where they learned how to make papillotes of apples, raisins, cinnamon and maple syrup, chocolate soufflé with caramel sauce along with crepes and chocolate fondue. The travelers then drove to Chartres to admire the incredibly impressive cathedral and finished the day with a great exploration of the city of Tours.


Wheatley’s Michael Medvedev Commits to Williams College!

The Wheatley Athletic Program is honored to recognize the accomplishments of Michael Medvedev. Michael has signed a letter of commitment to continue his impressive academic and tennis career at Williams College, in the NESCAC Conference.

Michael is a returning “Senior Captain” for the Wildcats, and a returning “All Conference” member of our varsity boy’s tennis team. Michael helps to organize practices and takes care of pre-game responsibilities. As our most complete player, he performs at the highest level on the court and continually adds spirit and charisma, keeping the team motivated and enthused. He was a major contributor on our 2017 second place finish in Conference IIA, finishing his junior campaign undefeated during the regular season. This year, Michael will lead by effort, attitude and example, hoping to carry his young team to the Nassau County Tennis Championships again this season.

Michael’s outstanding transcript speaks for itself. He has excelled in the most rigorous course of study at The Wheatley School.  Michael has earned membership in the National Honor Society and is an AP Scholar with Honors. Michael is also the founder of a nonprofit organization, Serve4Underserved. Michael established this organization with the goal of bringing tennis equipment and clothing to the youth and communities in underserved neighborhoods in the tri-state New York area.

Michael is a nationally ranked USTA tennis player. He has been playing tennis since the age of 3, following in the footsteps of his mother who played competitively in Moscow and at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Michael’s love of tennis and his schedule of competitions challenged him to become an expert at time management. It also required Michael to miss many of the “normal” teenage activities that fill the weekends, such as birthday and other parties, hanging out with schoolmates and participating in other activities.  Michael’s ability to adjust to all the demands and requirements of school, tennis and friendships has served him well.  Michael has volunteered what little time he had free to teach tennis at the Kings County Tennis League and at Maria Sharapova and Friends Charity Event.

Michael signed his Letter of Intent to attend Williams College in Williamstown, MA to compete in tennis.  His academic scholarship and athletic prowess will allow Michael to continue his pursuit of excellence. Congratulations to Michael and his family.

[Thanks to Tom Fitzpatrick for the write-up and the photos!]

Wheatley Students Begin their Trip in France!

On Thursday, 15 February, a group of 23 Wheatley students boarded a bus to head to JFK International Airport for the beginning of their nine-day trip to France! Accompanied by Wheatley Teachers Jean-François Henley and Jason Craven—as well as Willets Road nurse Arlene Kuchcicki—the travelers will experience all sorts of French language and cultural experiences.

Here is an update on some of the activity, beginning with the departure. [Thank you to Jean-François Henley, some parents and some students for the photos!]

Day 1: Departure from Wheatley (2/15)

There was a lot of excitement when the end of the day arrived and students were finally able to board the bus for the airport. Many parents came to the school to see their children off!

Day 1: Arrival in France

After a smooth flight and check-in, the students explored the Rue des Martyrs for their first lunch experience. After a wonderful time and satisfying dinner, they took a metro ride to l’Arc de Triomphe. The students climbed up the Arc for nighttime views of the City of Lights and concluded the evening with a walk down the Champs-Elysées.

Day 2: Visiting Paris

On a busy day in Paris, students visited the Eiffel Tower, les Invalides, Notre Dame and then had a sketching tour on Île Saint-Louis. The students then had the time to visit the Louvre followed by dinner in Montmartre (featuring escargots)!

Wheatley Senior Mathletes Take 2nd Place; Junior Team Earns 10th Place Honors!

On Friday, February 2nd, twenty of our students participated in the 35th Annual Nassau Mathematics Tournament (NMT) at SUNY College of Old Westbury. The contest was attended by students representing the majority of Nassau County schools. Our students performed admirably in both the individual and the team rounds.

The “Senior” team earned 2nd Place overall! This team was comprised of:

  • Tony Deluxe
  • Vedant Singh
  • Trenton Wong
  • Kenton Wu
  • Brandon Zhu

In the individual contests, Brandon Zhu and Vedant Singh finished in 1st and 2nd place, respectively. (A tiebreaker was implemented to decide their final rankings.)

Our “Junior” team brought home 10th Place Honors overall. This team consisted of

  • Sahil Jain
  • Viraj Jayam
  • Karen Li
  • Victor Li
  • Ryan Wu

A big “thank you” to our Mathletes Advisor, John Beleckas. Special thanks to our Mathematics Chair Robert Teseo and to NCIML President Kevin Myers for making this event possible.

[Thank you to Mr. Beleckas for the write-up and some of the photos!]

Students Present AP Seminar Projects!

Wheatley’s AP Capstone Program is College Board program designed to help students learn the research, collaboration and communication skills necessary for success in college and beyond. You can learn more about this relatively new two-year program here: AP Capstone Program.

The first year of our AP Capstone Program consists of the AP Seminar course. Taught by Mrs. Alexis Blondrage Pace and Mr. Andrew Ardito, the AP Seminar course requires students to investigate topics from multiple perspectives, collaborate with classmates, synthesize new information and deliver presentations in multiple modalities.

The AP Seminar course is a wonderful, accessible course for our 10th-grade students.

On 30 January, students in this year’s AP Seminar course presented their group presentations each other and to the three evaluators: Mrs. Blondrage Pace, Mr. Ardito and Mrs. Roberts. As you can see from the listing below, the presentations included a wide-range of topics. The score students earned on this presentation factors into the overall AP score given at the end of the academic year.

  • Affirmative Action: Zach Azevedo, Jason Koty, Aidan Wong and Dean Sheinman
  • War on Drugs: Chloe Lanese, Fernando Macedo and Sanjana Khana
  • Chemical and Nuclear Weapons: Sahil Jain, Emily Yagoda and Aidan Cozzolino
  • Foster Care System: Ally Keller, Eliana Li, Erin Wu and Alia Yamin
  • The Role of Technology in the Classroom: Ilana Nimkoff, Emily Blumberg, Izzy Avila and Becca Zeltsman
  • Native American Rights: Rahul Ajmera, Brenden Resnick, Ashley Vincenzo and Brenda Zhong
  • Women’s Health Care: Rachel Lee, Allison Zheng and Alyssa Belle
  • Gun Control: Danyal Zulfiqar, Derek Gilbert and Ashis Kumar
  • Capital Punishment: Maggie Caroddo, Hailey Ramalhete and Diya Shah


Wheatley Juniors Selected for Student-Athletes as School Leaders Conference!

On Thursday, 1 February, six Wheatley juniors attended the annual Student-Athletes as School Leaders Conference at Hofstra University. Organized by the Nassau County High School Principals Association, Nassau County Physical Education Consortium and the Hofstra School of Education, the purpose of this conference is to celebrate, support and encourage positive student leadership throughout Nassau County school districts. Students were accompanied by Mr. Kevin O’Pasek and Mr. Steve Cadet.

Student team leaders have the chance to meet their counterparts from other high schools and share ideas about the meaning and significance of leadership. The day includes keynote addresses; focused dialogue between student leaders, coaches, athletic directors and principals; and training in communication skills.

The Wheatley students selected to participate in this conference were:

  • Sofia Greenfield
  • Brandon Martins
  • Samantha Rothstein
  • Emily Schiesser
  • Andrew Sivin
  • Nicholas Tagios

The keynote speaker at this year’s conference was A’ric Jackson, a nationally acclaimed motivational speaker.

Congratulations to Krittika Prajapati, Wheatley’s 2018 Geography Bee Winner!

On Wednesday, nineteen of our 8th Grade students competed in the final round of the National Geography Bee in order to determine who would represent Wheatley in the next round of the competition.

After in-class preliminary rounds (held in Social Studies 8 classes), the following nineteen students qualified for the Wheatley Final Round:

  • Jaime Behar
  • Declan Brady
  • Brian Chirel
  • Aidan Dearborn
  • Ben Gold
  • Charlotte Iannone
  • Jeremy Kang
  • Andrew Kim
  • Luke Kupstas
  • Jeffrey Melnikov
  • Nike Oshodi
  • Armaan Pahuja
  • Krittika Prajapati
  • Brian Schmuck
  • Lucas Schmuck
  • Daniel Solomon
  • Evan Wang
  • Justin Wong
  • Jace Yagoda

Congratulations to Krittika Prajapati, this year’s Geography Bee champion! Krittiaka outlasted an impressive field of candidates, edging out Andrew Kim in the final round! Mr. Eckers, our Social Studies Chair, needed to go through eight rounds before a winner could be declared!

Thank you to Mr. Scott Eckers, our Social Studies Chair, for hosting the final round, and Mr. Matt Haig for keeping score. Thank you as well to all of the teachers (Mr. Patrick Clarke, Mr. Matt Haig, Mr. Michael Haig, Mrs. Cindy Schwartz and Mr. Scott Eckers) for supporting this competition in their classrooms.