On Friday, 16 November, our school converged on the auditorium in order to watch the newest iteration of Tri-M’s Wheatley Idol. Our friends at Island Photography were present to capture the action!
On Friday night, the Wheatley auditorium was filled with spectators enjoying the 14th edition of Tri-M’s Wheatley Idol! Hosted by Ashley Vincenzo and Brenda Zhong, the evening featured performances from nine incredibly talented competitors. From these nine initial competitors, four finalists were selected by our “celebrity” judges: Ms. Calvagno, Mr. Gadamowitz and Mr. Orlovsky. These four finalists then performed another song and the winner was selected by audience vote.
This year’s ten competitors were:
From these nine initial competitors, the four finalists selected were: Shruti Goyal, Emma Melnikov, Kajal Kapoor and Brianna Werny! Each of these finalists performed another song for the audience.
Shruti Goyal, Round 2
Brianna Werny, Round 2
Emma Melnikov, Round 2
Kajal Kapoor, Round 2
After these three performances, the audience voted. When the vote count came in, Kajal Kapoor was declared the winner of Wheatley Idol XIV! She performed one more song for the audience:
Thank you to our Tri-M students and our Tri-M Advisor (Angela Luftig) for all of their work putting together this wonderful evening!
Here are some photos from the event:
In an exciting and hard-fought match, the Wheatley Varsity Volleyball team defeated a tenacious Island Trees team to earn the Nassau County Championship crown for the second consecutive year! The girls earned this victory in a four-game set, 25-16, 28-26, 21-25, 25-19. Congratulations to the athletes and coach Tom Greely!
The team will play for the Long Island Championship on Sunday, 11 November at 3:00 pm at SUNY Farmingdale.
Update: You can read Newsday’s coverage of the game through this link: Volleyball County Champions Newsday_9Nov18
At the end of August, Wheatley 9th Grader Charlotte Iannone learned that a short story she had submitted to an online contest had earned her 1st Place! The Amy Wahl Short Story Contest was established to honor a librarian and writer who died far too young.
Charlotte submitted her story Footprints Washed Away to the contest, which was one of the stories she wrote for last year’s Vintage. Congratulations to Charlotte!
The Wheatley School community is pleased to announce that three of our students have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students are:
- Khavi Ahmed
- John Scudero
- Manan Shukla
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
The outstanding performance of three eight students speaks to their academic talents and educational commitment. We wish them the best as they continue to pursue their educational opportunities!
Earlier this month, two of our Wheatley student-musicians were selected as 2018 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State musicians. These students were chosen out of thousands of students who auditioned for this honor at solo and ensemble festivals throughout New York State last spring.
Congratulations to Allison Keller (viola) and Brandon Zhu (violin). Allison will play with Symphonic Orchestra at the NYSSMA All-State conference in December, and Brandon will serve as an alternate.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named six Wheatley seniors as Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. The students earning this prestigious honor are:
- Antony Deluxe
- Amanda Kim
- Vedant Singh
- Kenton Wu
- Camellia Ye
- Brandon Zhu
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 $31 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 Tony, Amanda, Vedant, Kenton, Camellia and Brandon!