Wheatley Celebrates our Winter Athletics with a Pep Rally!

This past Friday afternoon, we finished a busy week of activity with a Winter Pep Rally! Organized and run by the Wheatley Student Senate, the pep rally gave teams an opportunity to introduce themselves to the school. The festivities began with the singing of the national anthem by Shruti Goyal (signed by Charlotte Goldbaum) and continued with performances by the Dance Team and our Cheer Team. Our very own Wheatley Wildcat (ably performed by sophomore Sage Silber) helped get the crowd enthused! We even demonstrated a new activity based on the “Hungry Hungry Hippos” game!

 

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

Earlier today, Thursday, 31 January, 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 had the chance to meet their counterparts from other high schools and share ideas about the meaning and significance of leadership. The day included keynote addresses; focused dialogue between student leaders, coaches, athletic directors and principals; and training in communication skills. The workshops were led by facilitators from Positive Coaching Alliance.

The Wheatley students selected to participate in this conference were:

  • Brandon Behar
  • Matthew Ferrone
  • Katharine Gold
  • Karthik Pitchayan
  • Isabella Rios
  • Rebecca Sparacio

The keynote speaker at this year’s conference was Kym Hampton, a retired professional basketball player and the fourth player chosen at the WNBA inaugural season Elite Draft.

Kym spoke to the students for approximately 50 minutes, stressing the notion that sports and athletics are more than just a game. She shared her story of finding out who she was and what she could do through her involvement in athletics. She stressed to the student-athletes the importance of investing in oneself, asking questions and building relationships.

 

Athletics Winterfest Brings the Community Together Around Basketball!

This past Saturday was a great event for our school district and community.  We hosted four basketball games (2 boys and 2 girls) both Junior Varsity and Varsity. As part of the activity, fans donated many coats for the coat drive (run through the Wildcat Foundation) and many toys for Wheatley’s National Honor Society’s toy drive.

A huge “Thank You” to Mr. Todd Richman and the Wildcat Foundation for the generous donation of pizza and water for the games—along with the big #1 foam fingers and other school spirit supplies!  Thank you for all the alumni, fans, younger students and parents who came out to support our teams.  Thank you as well to our Varsity Cheerleaders and Varsity Dance team whose performances entertained the crowd!

[Thanks to Michael Scaturro for the write-up and photos!]