On Saturday, October 7th, The Wheatley School’s Brainstormers Club competed at the first meeting of the 2017 Columbia Cup Tournament Series – The Fall Tournament. The Columbia Cup is a tournament series hosted by the Columbia University Quiz Bowl Club. The Columbia Cup Tournament Series holds three full-day, seasonal tournaments, in which high school students from the New York Metropolitan Area compete against each in traditional academic quiz bowl contests.
Our Varsity team made an impressive 4-1 showing in the preliminary rounds, while making a heartfelt 1-2 effort in the playoff rounds. Our Junior Varsity team, composed mainly of rookie players, demonstrated great promise in their first full-day tournament of the 2017-2018 academic year. At the end of the tournament, our club’s President and Varsity Captain, John Li, was awarded a medal for achieving Second Place (PPG) in the Standard Division of the Columbia Cup Fall Tournament.
The Wheatley School Brainstormers Club eagerly awaits its return to Columbia University on Saturday, December 2nd, for the Columbia Cup Winter Tournament.
Thank you to Advisor Joseph Crotty along with participants:
- Peter Cuomo
- Tony Deluxe
- Viraj Jayam
- John Li
- Victor Li
- Karen Li
- Frederick Lin
- Aamir Muneer
- Avinash Reddy
[Thanks to Mr. Crotty for the write-up and the photo!]
Each morning, a group of students under the guidance of Technology teacher Patrick Hurley prepare and deliver a four-minute live broadcast of the day’s news and activities. The live broadcast originates in the WSTV studio. Using multiple cameras and live blue screen technology, the students prepare, edit, and deliver the news on their own.
Students who prepare this daily broadcast are enrolled in the Fundamentals of Film Production and Editing course.
Here are some behind the scenes footage from the rehearsal for this morning’s broadcast:
Seniors Emily Wang and Ananya Bansal were recently recognized with Certificates of Honorable Mention for their entries into the New York State Archives Student Research Award competition.
Ananya is being recognized for her paper, “Lewis Hine: Standing in the Shadows Casting a Light on a World of Darkness. Emily submitted her paper “Julia Child: The Woman Who Challenged the Stereotypical Role of Women in the Kitchen One Meal at a Time.” As student researchers, they used a variety historical archives, uncovering evidence to answer their research questions. Countless hours and persistence paid off with papers that are engaging and informative.
According to the New York State Archives website:
The main purpose of the awards program is to encourage students to explore the wealth of historical records held in historical records repositories in New York State. A secondary purpose is to increase cooperation between schools and organizations that administer historical records useful for education.
Congratulations to both Ananya and Emily on this well-deserved recognition!
(Thanks to Mrs. Roberts for the write-up!)
Earlier this month, we were notified that Manav Bansal (Class of 2021) was recognized by the New York State Archives as the winner of the Grade 6-8 Student Research Award.
Manav’s research paper, Taking a Stand by Taking a Leap: Jesse Owens and His Fight for Social Justice, was based on his use of records from the NYS Historic Newspaper Archives, the National Archives, the Chicago Tribune Archives and the Lantern Digital Archives at Ohio State University.
Manav wrote about how Jesse Owens’ achievements at the 1936 Berlin Olympics “forged a path for social justice, setting the stage for the Civil Rights Movement.” Manave reviewed Supreme Court documents, archived newspaper articles, correspondence, Executive Orders, memoirs, telegrams and speeches to exam Owens’ decision to compete in Berlin (where he won four gold medals and broke three world records).
Manav’s research showed that at a time when discrimination, segregation and racism were rampant in Nazi Germany and the United States, Owens’ accomplishments forced Americans to recognized black achievements and were a catalyst for dismantling segregation in America.
The judges commended manna’s research skills, and his analysis and extensive use of historical records.
Manav will be presented with his award at a luncheon on October 24th at the Cultural Education Center in Albany.
Congratulations to Manav for this wonderful recognition! Thanks to Ms. Roberts, Mr. Ardito and Mr. Michael Haig for their support of Manav in his work.
Christina Gambino (class of 2006, but she left Wheatley earlier because her family moved to Florida) came to speak to Ms. Jacobson’s Spanish Conversation students last week. She brought with her an inspirational message of positivity, encouraging students to never giving up and to overcoming obstacles that appear in life. With a background in gymnastics, Christina grabbed everyone’s attention by entering the room walking on her hands!
You can learn more about Christina’s message through her website www.christinagambino.com or through one of her videos:
Thanks to Ms. Jacobson for the photos:
Wheatley has long prided itself on creating an environment in which students are able to succeed in a variety of different ways. Students have demonstrated excellence in a wide range of artistic, scientific, historical, mathematical, linguistic and athletics pursuits…just to name a few!
Wheatley students have also been successful in both state and national examinations. At last night’s Board of Education work session, an overview of the Regents examinations results and the Advanced Placement results was presented to the community. You can view a copy of the presentation below:
Wheatley Data Overview September 2017