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!
On Wednesday, 5 April, Wheatley’s Mock Trial team competed against the team from W.T. Clarke High School in the regional finals of this wonderful competition. Although the team did not win the match, they should all be proud of their accomplishments over these past few months.
Congratulations, once again, to our Mock Trial Team members: Sam Avila-Frank, Maggie Carrodo, Jacob Chimerine, Caroline Crimmins, Derek Gilbert, Jakob Gilbert, Lianna Golden, Andrew Hirsch, Brett Katz, Mahesh Pitchayan, Michelle Raja, Jacob Ribotsky, Adam Rosenzweig, Brooke Schwartz, Rebecca Sparacio, Emily Wang and Emily Yagoda.
Thanks as well to our Mock Trial Advisor, Wheatley English teacher Theryn Gibbons.
In recognition of their wonderful accomplishments, the Nassau County winner and the runner-up finalist, our outstanding Wheatley team, will be recognized for their accomplishments at the 2017 Mock Trial Tournament Awards Reception to be held on Thursday, May 18 at 5:30 PM at the Nassau County Bar Association.
[Thanks to Ms. Gibbons for the photos from the competitions.]
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!)
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.]
Vani, Michelle, Emily, Manan and Zachary
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!
Last week, 8th grader Gabriella Testani was recognized with an award for Excellence in Art in the Long Island Art Teachers Association 2017 Art in Heart Exhibition. Gabriella was recognized for her outstanding pen and ink drawing!
Also participating in the contest were ninth grader Theodore Koutsoftas and eleventh grader Eva Suppa.
The exhibit is located at the Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa. Viewing is still available through April 21 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Sunday, April 23 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Congratulations to Gabriella, and many thanks to her art teacher, Ms. Julia Donovan!
Congratulations to juniors Adeel Anwar and Hailey Ardizzone whose work was recently published in the National Spanish Honor Society’s literary magazine, “Albricias.”
Hailey’s article entitled, “Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney,” discusses their friendship, collaboration and how they influenced each other’s work. Hailey was awarded $250.00 for her 1st place distinction. You can read Hailey’s article on Page 21 (see below).
Adeel’s poem, “¿Qué es esta lengua? (What is this language?)” describes how the Spanish artist, Salvador Dalí, used art to resist the power of Spain’s dictator, Francisco Franco. Adeel added that, “By using his art as a means of communicating and protesting, Dalí truly showed all the power of art.” You can read Adeel’s poem on Page 20 (see below).
Special thanks to Wheatley Spanish teacher Mary Martinez for incorporating such a creative project in her 11th grade Spanish classes and encouraging her students to submit their work!
To read the magazine, click this link: Albricias_Marzo_2017
[Thanks to Susan Checkla for the photo.]