Wheatley Senior Mathletes Take 2nd Place; Junior Team Earns 10th Place Honors!

On Friday, February 2nd, twenty of our students participated in the 35th Annual Nassau Mathematics Tournament (NMT) at SUNY College of Old Westbury. The contest was attended by students representing the majority of Nassau County schools. Our students performed admirably in both the individual and the team rounds.

The “Senior” team earned 2nd Place overall! This team was comprised of:

  • Tony Deluxe
  • Vedant Singh
  • Trenton Wong
  • Kenton Wu
  • Brandon Zhu

In the individual contests, Brandon Zhu and Vedant Singh finished in 1st and 2nd place, respectively. (A tiebreaker was implemented to decide their final rankings.)

Our “Junior” team brought home 10th Place Honors overall. This team consisted of

  • Sahil Jain
  • Viraj Jayam
  • Karen Li
  • Victor Li
  • Ryan Wu

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 for the write-up and some of the photos!]

Congratulations to Krittika Prajapati, Wheatley’s 2018 Geography Bee Winner!

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

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

  • Jaime Behar
  • Declan Brady
  • Brian Chirel
  • Aidan Dearborn
  • Ben Gold
  • Charlotte Iannone
  • Jeremy Kang
  • Andrew Kim
  • Luke Kupstas
  • Jeffrey Melnikov
  • Nike Oshodi
  • Armaan Pahuja
  • Krittika Prajapati
  • Brian Schmuck
  • Lucas Schmuck
  • Daniel Solomon
  • Evan Wang
  • Justin Wong
  • Jace Yagoda

Congratulations to Krittika Prajapati, this year’s Geography Bee champion! Krittiaka outlasted an impressive field of candidates, edging out Andrew Kim in the final round! Mr. Eckers, our Social Studies Chair, needed to go through eight rounds before a winner could be declared!

Thank you to Mr. Scott Eckers, our Social Studies Chair, for hosting the final round, and Mr. Matt Haig for keeping score. Thank you as well to all of the teachers (Mr. Patrick Clarke, Mr. Matt Haig, Mr. Michael Haig, Mrs. Cindy Schwartz and Mr. Scott Eckers) for supporting this competition in their classrooms.


John Li Named a Regeneron Scholar!

On 9 January, Wheatley Senior John Li was named a scholar in the 2018 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 300 Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,818 applicants from 555 high schools in 45 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico and six American and international high schools overseas.  The scholars were selected based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists.

John’s project, “Three Efficient Inventions That Work Together to Reduce the Time and Cost of Automobile Transmission Fluid and Filter Changes by 3/4th,” looked at streamlining the current procedures for changing transmission fluid and filters.  The proposed three inventions work in conjunction to reduce cost and time for not only the consumer but the automobile industries as well.

John’s project summary is as follows:

Transmission fluid and filter changes usually cost greater than two hundred dollars and require an hour. Inefficient design makes these common maintenance procedures expensive and slow because of many unnecessary steps. Car owners have to wait a long time for maintenance and also pay high labor costs. These problems are solved by a combination of three inventions that are very simple for car manufacturers to adopt. The three inventions work together to make transmission fluid and filter changes fast, inexpensive, and mess-free. It is estimated that transmission fluid and filter changes will only cost 55 dollars and require 12 minutes, resulting in a 3/4th reduction in time and cost for car owners.

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_10Jan18

Congratulations John!


Megan Kirschner is a “Voice of Democracy” Winner!

Megan Kirschner (Class of 2018) was recently recognized for her winning essay in the Veterans of Foreign Wars “Voice of Democracy” contest. Alerted to the competition by her grandfather, a VFW member, Megan submitted a terrific essay on the Electoral College system. Her winning essay earned Megan a certificate of recognition along with an award check.

Students from across the country submit essays related to the 2017-18 theme, “American History: Our Hope for the Future.”

Congratulations to Megan for her terrific work, and Thank you to our local VFW Post for sponsoring the program.


Khavi Earns the Top Spot in the Federalist/Anti-Federalist Debate!

Yesterday, students in our English 11 course presented speeches based on their study of historical documents and of rhetorical strategies in their social studies and English classes.

This event is the culminating activity of a collaborative, interdisciplinary project developed by Natalia McMillan, Jen Fatone and Mike Haig in our English and social studies departments. Students studied the Constitution, analyzed the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, and then developed speeches arguing for or against the ratification of the proposed Constitution using information from their close reading of these texts. Students were required to reference these texts and used rhetorical techniques such as appeals to pathos, ethos, logos and metaphor.

In their English classes, students developed and delivered speeches, then voted on which speeches were the most effective and convincing. The top six speeches (based on student votes) were presented to an enthusiastic crowd in Room 450. As students delivered their speeches, the audience used a rubric to evaluate each speech on the following four criteria: Presentation, Argument, Counter-argument and Rhetorical technique.

The following students presented speeches:

  • Daniel Fox
  • Angela Signorile
  • Tyler Mosca
  • Matthew Kreitzer
  • Khavi Ahmed
  • Mohammed Jaffer

When the votes were tallied, Khavi was declared the winner, followed by Matthew and Angela!

First Wheatley Model UN Conference a Wonderful Success!

On Friday, 8 December 2017, the Wheatley World Affairs Club hosted its inaugural Model UN Conference (WHEMUNC).  More than a hundred students from five schools were engaged in applying critical thinking and problem-solving skills to resolve international crises.

Wheatley, Manhasset, Kellenberg, North Babylon, and Locust Valley students competed in a variety of committees centering around a multitude of interests.  The committees included:

  • ¡Viva Venezuela!, which addressed a possibility of a regime change in South America
  • NATO: International Peace between Euro-Atlantic Countries in the World focused on the potential proliferation of nuclear capabilities.
  • The Pursuit of Raketa:  Dissembling the Soviet Union was a crisis committee that assessing the impact of the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
  • Accident or Planned?:  MH370 revolved around the disappearance of Malaysian Airline in MH370 in 2013

At the end of this successful evening, Manhasset earned the award for best delegation. Wheatley students also received deserving awards:

  • 9th grader Freddy Lin and 10th graders Teddy Koutsoftas and Zach Azevedo won honorable mention\
  • 9th grader Layla Jarrahy won best position paper

The conference was organized by Jessica Poomkudy and John Scudero (Co-Presidents), Tony Deluxe (Vice President), Brenden Resnick (Treasurer), Ashley Vincenzo (Secretary), Rahul Ajmera and Peter Cuomo (Co-Public Relations Officer), and World Affairs Club advisor Mr. Michael Haig.  The club is already looking forward to planning WHEMUNC II for the 2018-2019 school year!

[Thank you to Rahul Ajmera for the write-up and Jacob Ribotsky for the photos!]

Wheatley Students Earn Recognition at the French Poetry Contest!

On Wednesday, 6 December, ten of our French students headed over to Hofstra University to compete in the annual Nassau Poetry Contest, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). Guided by our French teacher, Jean-François Henley, the students earned notable recognition for their outstanding French.

  • Emily Yagoda won distinction for her reading of her original poem Les leçons que j’ai apprises
  • Anya Chabria won distinction for her reading of her original poem La philosophie de l’avion
  • Sarah Hassan won 1st place (Level 2) for her reading of O triste, triste était mon âme by Paul Verlaine
  • Manav Bansal won 2nd place (Level 2) for his reading of Demain, dès l’aube by Victor Hugo
  • Adeel Anwar won 3rd place for his reading of Il pleure dans mon coeur by Paul Verlaine
  • Danielle Smichok won first place (Level 4, most advanced) for her reading of Quand tu dors by Jacques Prévert
  • Vani Kumar won 3rd place (Level 4, most advanced) for her reading of Paysage by Charles Baudelaire

Additional participants included: Robert Boubour, Zachary Schloss and Kate Seo.

Congratulations to all of the students, and thank you to Mr. Henley for the photo and information!