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!

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Wheatley’s Huda Ayaz Fifth Book is Published!

In November, Wheatley 9th Grader Huda Ayaz presented me with a signed copy of her most recently-published book! Huda and her family joined Wheatley this past summer, and we are thrilled to have them as part of our learning community. Huda is the published author of five books: the first four books of the Freeze-land series and the fifth, most recent book, Angie Moon and the Legends.

Freeze-land, a fantasy series for children, revolves around a girl named Samantha who goes to a secret planet and tries to save it from an evil man who is trying to make the world sad and dark.

Angie Moon and the Legends is a YA science fiction novel about a half Loch Ness Monster named Angie who must fight against time and rescue her missing friends. Huda is currently working on the sequel to Angie Moon and the Legends.

Huda’s younger sister, Maliha, is also a published author! Maliha wrote the fiction children’s novel The Heart of Time, centered around Amber’s search for a necklace that can help ghosts move on from an in-between world and into the afterlives. Finally, Huda and Maliha’s older sister, Sadaf, has also published a YA mystery novel called Crossing Red Lights! You can find out more about these three remarkable sisters at www.ayazsisters.com

 

WSTV is Back on the Air!

Each morning, a group of students under the guidance of Technology teacher Patrick Hurley prepare and deliver a four-minute live broadcast of the day’s news and activities. The live broadcast originates in the WSTV studio. Using multiple cameras and live blue screen technology, the students prepare, edit, and deliver the news on their own.

Students who prepare this daily broadcast are enrolled in the Fundamentals of Film Production and Editing course.

Here are some behind the scenes footage from the rehearsal for this morning’s broadcast:

Nick Tagios Named by Newsday as a Top 50 Long Island Boys Soccer Player!

Junior Nick Tagios is a three-year varsity player for the Wildcats Soccer Team, helping to lead them to the Nassau County Championship game last year while also being named an All-State Soccer player. Last week, Nick was named by Newsday as one of Long Island’s top 50 Boys soccer players.

You can view the article through this link: https://goo.gl/oWiyK8

You can download a PDF of the article through this link: Top 50 Long Island boys soccer players for 2017

Congratulations to Nick! Go Wildcats!

Vani Kumar Published in Online International Magazine!

Wheatley Junior Vani Kumar is one of our extraordinary science research students. In the spring, she had an article published in The Epoch Herald, a new online international magazine (of which she is the Chief of Editing).

Vani’s article was entitled “CRISPR- The Little Known Technology Which Will Change the Future of Humanity” and was based on her science research work. The magazine article is quite approachable, so please take a moment to read it here: http://wp.me/p7Mlzz-Ro

Congratulations to Vani and thanks to our Science Research Coordinator, Alexis Blondrage, for her support of all of our research students.

Samantha Hurtado Featured in Newsday!

Earlier this month, Newsday’s High School Sports section featured Samantha Hurtado (Class of 2017). Samantha, an outstanding student-athlete, was featured for her work since last season to develop from a right-sided power hitter into a left-sided leadoff hitter on Wheatley’s Varsity Softball team. As one reads in the article, the results of her efforts have been impressive from both an individual and team point of view.

Congratulations to Samantha for this wonderful recognition!

You can read the full article here: SHurtado_Newsday16Apr17

Samantha Rothstein Named Newsday Athlete of the Week!

Congratulations to sophomore Samantha Rothstein for being named the Newsday Athlete of the Week. Sami earned this recognition after scoring 11 goals in a 19-7 Girls Varsity Lacrosse victory over Roosevelt High School. Two days later, she scored 9 goals in an 18-12 win over Sewanhaka.

Sami’s 11 goals earned her a new school record!

You can read the Newsday article through this link: SRothstein_Newsday_6Apr17

Congratulations to Sami!