Wheatley’s Science Olympiad Team Competes in Regional Science Olympiad!

On Saturday, 2 February, 41 teams competed at the Nassau East Science Olympiad Regional. Wheatley’s Science Olympiad team finished 12th overall.

Top-10 performances for the competition included:

  • Chemistry Lab – 3rd – Karan Amin & Vedant Singh
  • Circuit Lab – 8th – Vedant Singh & Viraj Jayam
  • Codebusters – 10th – Kenton Wu, Sahill Jain, Ryan Wu
  • Designer Genes – Victor Li & Rebecca Sparacio
  • Disease Detectives – Sarah Hassan & Karen Li
  • Fermi Questions – Vedant Singh & Viraj Jayam
  • Fossils – 6th – Hitangee Jain & Victor Li
  • Geologic Mapping – 1st – Karan Amin & Victor Li
  • Herpetology – 7th – Victor Li & Hitangee Jain
  • Mission Possible – 10th – Karen Li & Hitangee Jain
  • Thermodynamics – 2nd – Vedant Singh & Karen Li

Other performance of note:

  • Dynamic Planet – 12th – Kristin Zachariah & Anya Chabria

Congratulations to the students on their efforts! Thanks to Mr. Paulson and Mr. Gottlieb, the club advisors, for spending the day with the students!

[Thanks to Mr. Paulson for the photos!]

Wheatley’s Brainstormers Are Back in Business!

On Saturday, February 9th, The Wheatley School’s Brainstormers Club competed in The National History Bee & Bowl’s Long Island Winter Tournament at Freeport High School. In the tournament, members from the Brainstormers Club participated in several competitions, including the History Bowl (group competition), the History Bee (individual competition), the United States History Bee (Qualifying Exam), and the United States Geography Olympiad (Qualifying Exam).

History Bowl Results

In the History Bowl, the Junior Varsity Team, consisting of Frederick Lin, maintained a 3-2 record in the tournament and went on to be awarded the Runner-Up (second-place) award for the Junior Varsity Division in the playoffs. The Varsity Team, consisting of Rahul Ajmera, Padraig Brady, Peter Cuomo, and James Li, demonstrated a strong effort—maintaining a 2-3 record in the tournament—but did not advance to playoffs.

History Bee Results

In the History Bee, Frederick Lin advanced to the playoffs and was awarded a Silver Medal (second place) for the Junior Varsity Division. Frederick Lin qualified to advance to the National History Bee & Bowl National Tournament hosted at Arlington, Virginia & Washington D.C. in April 2019. At the moment, scores are still being examined for the club’s performance in the United States History Bee and United States Geography Olympiad.

A special thanks to Club Advisor John Beleckas for his work in preparing our outstanding Brainstormers for the tournament.  A huge thank you as well to Joseph Crotty for accompanying the students and preparing the write-up!


DECA Innovations Challenge Brings together Schools and Students to Solve Problems!

On Thursday, 7 February, Wheatley’s DECA Club hosted the 1st Annual Wheatley Innovations Challenge. Nearly ninety students from seven schools (Carle Place, Great Neck South, Herricks, Jericho, Roslyn, Schreiber and Wheatley) participated in the day’s events.
Students competed in teams of 4 in a business role-play simulation as well as a Principal’s Challenge. For the Innovations challenge, students were asked to reimagine and reinvent the Source Mall property and then make a verbal presentation of their business plan to our judges.

The second challenge involved boosting the sales of The Wheatley School Store run by our Life Skills program. The DECA students were encouraged to browse the store’s selection and ask questions to Mrs. Laurino and her students.  Mrs. Laurino said she received great feedback from not only the winning team but many of the teams; she plans to incorporate the suggestions in the near future.

Feedback from participants, as well as the judges, indicated the competition was a great experience for the students.  It truly gave them the opportunity to participate in real-world business situations. It also helped to prepare them for their future endeavors and gave them the confidence to try new things. Overall, the competition was a great success, and we look forward to hosting it again next year!

Thank you to Diane Ikliw, Jo Beth Roberts, Robert Teseo, Corey Ribotsky, Armando Amselen, Francine Federman, and Lauren McMullen for judging. A special thank you goes to Mrs. Malik who advises the DECA Club.

[Thank you to Dr. Teseo and Mrs. Malik for the write-up and the photos.]

Students Succeed at 36th Annual Nassau Mathematics Tournament!

On Friday, 1 February, 19 Wheatley students competed in the Nassau Mathematics Tournament (NMT) at SUNY College at Old Westbury. This one-day event is open to all high schools (both public and private) in Nassau County. Generally, about 40 schools send students to participate in this competition.

The “Senior” team earned 5th Place overall! This team was comprised of:

  • Karen Li
  • Vedant Singh
  • Trenton Wong
  • Kenton Wu
  • Brandon Zhu

Two of our students had outstanding individual results:

  • Brandon Zhu came in 1st overall
  • Vedant Singh finished in 5th place overall

Our “Junior” team brought home 8th Place Honors overall. This team consisted of

  • Manav Bansal
  • Viraj Jayam
  • Victor Li
  • Justin Wong
  • Ryan Wu

We also had excellent individual contests:

  • Ryan Wu finished in 9th place

Valued efforts were also turned in by Adam Aldad, Richard Attardi, Sahil Jain, Siddhant Jain, Jason Koty, Armaan Pahuja, Neil Shah, and Avinash Reddy.

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 and Dr. Teseo for the write-up and photos!]

Manan and Brandon Named 2019 Regeneron Scholars!

On 9 January, Wheatley Seniors Manan Shukla and Brandon Zhu were named scholars in the 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search!

In 2017, Regeneron became only the third sponsor (after Westinghouse and Intel) of the Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. As part of its 10-year, $100 million commitment, Regeneron nearly doubled the overall award distribution to $3.1 million annually to better reward the best and brightest young minds. Founded and led by two Science Talent Search alumni, Regeneron recognizes and prioritizes the need to inspire more young people to engage in science.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,964 applications, which were received from 601 high schools in 48 states, two U.S. territories and eligible students living in seven other countries. The scholars were selected based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists. This year, research projects cover topics from bioengineering to environmental science to physics.

Manan’s project, “Creating Affordable and Objective Healthcare Solutions Using IoT and Cloud Technology,” was created in response to a problem he identified in the current health care system: physicians cannot treat their patients effectively because they lack accurate patient information to make proper decisions. This manifests itself in particular with patients who do not accurately report their medication intake. As a result, Manan created a smart pill dispenser that uses IoT cloud connectivity to not only quantify patient behaviors and determine medication usage but can also send this information to their physician so that patient treatment is based on objective data rather than inaccurate reporting. Manan’s project was highlighted earlier this year in this blog. You can read about it through this link.

Brandon’s project, “Efficient Zero-Knowledge Using Garbled Circuits Under the Plain Model,” was designed in response to the reality that our online security is constantly at risk of data breaches. To tackle this, Brandon created a secure encryption protocol based on cutting-edge techniques, such as commitment schemes and zero knowledge, that maintains security regardless of an attacker’s computational power. This enhanced protocol preserves full security without detrimental assumptions such as non-malleability and has even been tested to run more efficiently than less-perfect protocols.

On January 23, 40 of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists.

You can read Newsday’s coverage of Long Island’s scholars through this link: Regeneron Scholars Newsday 9Jan19

You can view all of the 300 Regeneron Scholars here: STS 2019 Scholar Book

Congratulations Manan and Brandon!


Congratulations to Grant Peterson, our Geography Bee Winner!

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

The event was the first round in the annual National Geographic GeoBee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward middle-level students’ curiosity about the world.  Questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, physical features, history, and earth science.   The contestants answered increasingly difficult questions about five themes of geography in seven rounds that included favorites such as “Weird… But True!” and “Odd One Out” before several students advanced to the final rounds.

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

  • Amir Agarwal (GT)
  • Rachel Aquino-Okeke
  • Skye Blau
  • Grant Callahan
  • William Caroddo
  • Daniel Dayter
  • Michael Emouna
  • Neha George
  • Tobey Hirsch
  • Sonia Patel
  • Grant Peterson
  • Andrew Pinto
  • Tyler Richman
  • Zachary Samuel
  • Lauren Tavolacci
  • James Tercynski

Congratulations to Grant Peterson, this year’s Geography Bee champion! Grant outlasted Daniel Dayter and Sonia Patel in a nerve-wracking final round. Grant will now have the opportunity to take a qualifying test for the State GeoBee, which will be held in Albany this coming March.

Thank you to Dr. Scott Eckers, our Social Studies Chair, for hosting the final round. Thank you as well to all of the 8th Grade teachers (Mr. Michael Haig, Ms. Courtney Clarake and Mrs. Gina Topping) for supporting this competition in their classrooms.