Hallie ArbitalJacoby is the Newest Wheatley Idol!

On Friday night, the Wheatley auditorium was packed with spectators enjoying the 13th edition of Tri-M’s Wheatley Idol! Hosted by Michaela Balboni and Saman Suleman, the evening featured performances from ten competitors. From these ten initial competitors, three finalists were selected by our “celebrity” judges: Mr. Eckers, Ms. Seferian and Mr. Wilson. These three finalists then performed another song and the winner was selected by audience vote.

This year’s ten competitors were:

Grace McPhillips (11th Grade)

Kavina Amin (10th Grade)

Shruti Goyal (9th Grade)

Gabriella Zucker, Accompanied by Grace McPhillips (11th Grade)

Brianna Werney (9th Grade)

Jaime Behar (8th Grade)

Michelle Porter (11th Grade)

Tessa Karikas, accompanied by Nicole Hetzel (both 12th Grade)

Emma Melnikov (9th Grade)

Hallie ArbitalJacoby (12th Grade)


From these ten initial competitors, the three finalists selected were: Tessa Karikas, Emma Melnikov and Hallie ArbitalJacoby! Each of these finalists performed another song for the audience.

Tessa Karikas (with Nicole Hetzel), Round 2

Hallie ArbitalJacoby (Round 2)

Emma Melnikov (Round 2)

After these three performances, the audience voted. While the votes were being tallied, last year’s Wheatley Idol, Kaileigh Fiorillo, dazzled the audience with her renditio of “Burn” from Hamilton:


When the vote count came in, Hallie ArbitalJacoby was declared the winner of Wheatley Idol XIII! 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!

Wheatley Spring Concert (Part 2) Wraps up the Season!

At tonight’s Spring Concert (Part 2), the audience was treated to wonderful performances by our Stage Band, Jazz Band, Intermediate Chorus, Intermediate & Concert Band and Symphonic Band.

Under the guidance of our music teachers, Angela Luftig, Dr. Peggy Ho and Stan Orlovsky — as well as faculty members Steven Fitzko and Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson — our music students did a wonderful job with some engaging musical pieces!

This was a special concert for many of our students, as 9 members of the Class of 2017 performed at their final Wheatley concert. We will miss them, and we wish them the best as they grow musically beyond Wheatley! The graduating seniors performing tonight were:

  • Aileen Chowdhury
  • Lianna Golden
  • Steven John
  • Allison Levy
  • Antonio Liparoto
  • Gil Lotzky
  • Brianna O’Brien
  • Sumu Pitchayan
  • Kevin Yi


Spring Concert (Part 1) Delights!

The first of our two spring concerts was held earlier this evening (Tuesday, 23 May) in the Wheatley Auditorium. The evening featured our Intermediate Orchestra (under the direction of Angela Luftig), our Concert Orchestra (under the direction of Stan Orlovsky), our Chorale (under the direction of Angela Luftig with Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson as accompanist), our Honors String Ensemble (under the direction of Angela Luftig) and our Symphonic Orchestra (under the direction of Stan Orlovsky).

The concert featured scores of student performers, with 16 of them being members of the Class of 2015. These graduating students have committed countless hours to our music program over the years. We are grateful for their participation and wish them a music-filled life as they graduate from Wheatley!

The graduating seniors include:

  • Ariana Arralde
  • Claire Baker
  • Laura D’Angelo
  • Lianna Golden
  • Sahaj Gulati
  • Rebecca Khorsandi
  • Jane Kim
  • Diana Lee
  • Lauren Levine
  • Allison Levy
  • Antonio Liparoto
  • Elizabeth Nolan
  • Kevin Yi
  • Sara Zulfiqar

Although there were so many wonderful aspects of this concert, I would be remiss if I were to not mention that Pastoral, one of the pieces performed by the Intermediate Orchestra, was composed by our very own 8th Grader, Elizabeth Yuen.


EWSD Senior Citizens Treated to Lunch and a Wonderful Show!

On Saturday afternoon, nearly 100 of our community Senior Citizens enjoyed a wonderful luncheon followed by a special matinee production of Xanadu: The Musical! This annual tradition was organized and supported by the efforts of the following staff:

  • Linda Leff
  • Allison Chanin-Bermudez
  • Joan Anderson
  • Diane Fezza
  • Barbara Klein
  • Karen Love

Additionally, a number of students volunteered their time to serve the community members, including:

  • Rachel Fuzaylov
  • Diana Lee
  • Mary Ma
  • Ethan Moreh
  • Sumu Pitchayan
  • Jessica Poomkudy
  • Jesse Romano
  • Cooper Tanenhaus
  • Alice Ye

During the luncheon, members of the cas spent time intermingling with the attendees.

Thanks to Linda Leff for the photos of this wonderful event!



GenderFest 2017 a Wonderful Celebration!

On Monday, 6 March, Wheatley’s Gender Equality Club hosted our very first GenderFest in the cafeteria from 3:00-5:00 pm in honor of Women’s History Month. Students honored women in the entertainment industry by showcasing a local Long Island female band, Antigone Rising. This band has performed all throughout the United States and the world. Their outreach program, Girls Rising, seeks to engage students at home and abroad about the challenges that women have faced in the entertainment industry and how they personally have addressed and learned from these challenges. 

Following the concert, the club and additional Wheatley clubs will be hosted henna booths, poetry readings and seminars on gender inequalities. Of course, there was plenty of food as well!

Our Gender Equality Club worked tirelessly to prepare for GenderFest! We are thankful for the work of its advisor, Cindy Schwartz, in guiding the students in preparation for the successful event!