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

Congratulations to all of the students, and a big “Thank You” to Mr. Orlovsky for accompanying the students to the copetition!2017-05-29 20.17.29

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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Manan Shukla Earns Bronze at iSWEEP 2017!

In March, Sophomore Manan Shukla was selected as a Finalist for the 2017 International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering, Environment) Project Olympiad (iSWEEEP).

Last weekend, Manan traveled to Houston, Texas where he presented his project, The Utilization of Cellular Technology and Medication Dispensers as Effective and Inexpensive Solutions to Medical Nonadherence in Healthcare. Manan was accompanied by Wheatley’s Science Research Coordinator, Alexis Blondrage.

Over 1,000 students from around the globe gathered at the competition to present their projects related to renewable energy, sustainable developments, and medical breakthroughs.

Manan came away with a Bronze Medal for his project!

Congratulations to Manan! Thank you to Ms. Blondrage for accompanying him to the competition and providing the write-up and photos!

Students Find Success at New York History Day in Cooperstown!

Based on their performance at the Long Island Regional History Day competition, nine of our students competed in the New York State History Day competition at Cooperstown last month. They departed on Sunday, 23 April and returned on Monday evening, 23 April. Students were accompanied by our very own Jo Beth Roberts and Willets Road faculty members Patrick Shanahan and Diane Ilkiw.

The topics presented were:

Junior Historical Paper

  • Victor Li: Florence Kelley: Taking a Stand for Women & Children

Junior Group Documentary

  • Joseph Doria, Jack Keys and Neil Shah: Lewis Hine & His Stand Against Child Labor in America

Junior Performance

  • Emma Melnikov: Power of Voice: Sojourner Truth-Taking a Stand for Women & African Americans

Junior Individual Website

  • Layla Jarrahy: Alice Paul: Taking a Stand to Win Suffrage for Women

Senior Historical Paper

  • Ananya Bansal: Lewis Hine: Standing in the Shadows, Casting Light on a World of Darkness

Senior Group Website

  • Roxane Ghadami and Ally Wang: Nat Turner: Freedom Fighter or Murderer

At the end of the State judging, Emma Melnikov earned 2nd place! Additionally, Joseph Doria, Jack Keys and Neil Shah earned 1st place. Finally, Ananya Bansal earned 3rd place recognition.

Because of their top two finishes, Emma, Joseph, Jack and Neil have earned the right to represent New York State in the National History Day finals in Maryland next month! Congratulations to all of the competitors!

[Thanks to Jo Beth Roberts and Susan Checkla for the photos.]

Wheatley Brainstormers Compete in National History Bee and Bowl!

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!

Mock Trial Team’s Wonderful Season Ends with a Tough Loss…

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.]

The Robotics Video You Need to See!

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!)