Wheatley Brainstormers Shine at Columbia University’s Fall Tournament!

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!]


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Ananya and Emily Recognized by New York State Archives!

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!)

Manav Bansal Wins New York State Archives Student Research Award!

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.


Camellia, Amanda and Justin Named NYSMAA All-State Musicians!

Earlier this month, the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) named three Wheatley students All-State musicians!

Congratulations to:

  • Camellia Ye, Junior (cello)
  • Amanda Kim, Junior (cello)
  • Justin Vega, Senior (violin)

Students earn NYSSMA recognition through the various NYSMAA festivals held around the state in the spring. Approximately 6,500 student musicians are evaluated during this process, with roughly 900 earning All-State recognition.

Camellia will play with the Symphonic Orchestra at the NYSSMA All-State Conference in Rochester later this fall, with Amanda and Justin serving as alternates.

Thanks to our music faculty, Dr. Peggy Ho, Angela Luftig and Stan Orlovsky, for their support of all of our student musicians!

Ally, John and Saman Named National Merit Semifinalists!

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named three Wheatley seniors as Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. The students earning this prestigious honor are:

  • Ally Kim
  • John Li
  • Saman Suleman

As Semifinalists, these students scored in the top one percent of the more than 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools who entered the program by taking the PSAT last year.

The 16,000 national Semifinalists are now eligible to compete for Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements and advance to the Finalist level of competition.  About 15,000 of the Semifinalists are expected to become Finalists, and approximately half of the Finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners.

Congratulations and good luck to Ally, John and Saman!

Wheatley Students Honored and Recognized at Herricks Model UN Conference!

On Friday afternoon, when most everyone at Wheatley was ready for the long weekend, Stan Orlovsky chaperoned a whole contingent of Wheatley students to the 11th Annual Herricks Model UN Conference, where our students did incredibly well!

As reported by Mr. Orlovsky, students received the following recognition:

Honorable Mention

  • Maggie Caroddo
  • Aidan Cozzolino
  • Jacob Ribotsky
  • Diya Shah

Best Position Paper

  • Sarah Hassan
  • Freddy Lin

Outstanding Delegate

  • Manan Shukla
  • Kevin Contreras

Best Delegate

  • John Scudero
  • Ashley Vincenzo
  • Brett Katz

Best Delegation of the Night

  • The Wheatley School

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Thanks to Mr. Orlovsky for the write-up and the photo!

John Li Earns a Top 50 Score on National Chemistry Olympiad!

This past March, Wheatley Junior, John Li, participated in the Local National Chemistry Olympiad exam at Adelphi University. Over 16,000 students nationwide participate in the local exam. John scored high enough on the local exam to qualify to participate in the National exam. The national exam is a three part, four hour, forty-five minute exam. John took this exam in April at Adelphi. The top twenty students in the nation who score the highest on this exam are selected to be on the United States Chemistry Olympiad team to compete internationally.

Although John did not quite crack the top 20 in the nation, he did score in the top 50 in the nation. This is a truly a great accomplishment. Congratulations to John!

Thanks to Dr. Casamento for the write-up and Mrs. Checkla for the photo!

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