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

The second of our two spring concerts was held on Tuesday, 11 June in the Wheatley Auditorium. The evening featured our Stage Band (under the direction of Peggy Ho), our Jazz Band (under the direction of Steve Fitzko), our Intermediate Chorus (under the direction of Angela Luftig with Rick Wilson as accompanist), our Intermediate/Concert Band (under the direction of Peggy Ho and Stan Orlovsky) and our Symphonic Band (under the direction of Peggy Ho).

The concert featured scores of student performers, with 10 of them being members of the Class of 2019. 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:

  • Dina Aldad
  • William Cafarelli
  • Antony Deluxe
  • Andrew Gullotta
  • Mahesh Pitchayan
  • Madeline Rick
  • Michael Roudbai
  • Brooke Schwartz
  • Samantha Williams
  • Mara Zuckerman


Karen, Victor and Freddy are National Academic Champions!

After being crowned the Long Island Regional Quiz Bowl Champions for the second straight year, Wheatley’s JV Brainstormers team qualified for participation in the 37th annual National Academic Championship in Chicago, Illinois.

On June 8th, an immensely talented JV team consisting of Karen Li, Victor Li, and Frederick Lin arrived in The Windy City and proceeded to blow away the competition. After finishing with a 5-1 record in the preliminary rounds, the Wheatley Brainstormers decisively won the 2019 National Academic Championship with a final score of 365-180.

In between matches, the team made its way to downtown Chicago to visit Cloud Gate, which is more affectionately known as “The Bean” to tourists. Additionally, the Brainstormers were afforded the opportunity to visit The Art Institute of Chicago as well as the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field.

Congratulations to Karen, Victor and Freddy for this remarkable accomplishment! A huge “Thank You” to John Beleckas, who coached the students and accompanied them to Chicago for this trip!

[Thanks to Mr. Beleckas for the write-up and the photos!]

Wheatley’s Tri-M Music Honor Society Inducts Ten New Members!

Earlier today, before our first Spring Concerts, Wheatley’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society inducted 10 new members!

Congratulations to the newest members:

  • Joyce Chen
  • Kaileigh Fiorillo
  • Jonathan Friedrich
  • Shruti Goyal
  • Andrew Kim
  • Ian Kim
  • Emma Melnikov
  • Krittika Prajapati
  • Hasan Suleman
  • Aaron Zachariah

As part of the induction ceremony, the audience was treated to some wonderful individual and group performances:

  • Shruti Goyal: Star Spangled Banner
  • Layla Jarrahy and Elizabeth Yuen: Double Violin Concerto in D minor
  • Ian Kim (oboe), Joyce Chen (violin), Allison Keller (viola), Camellia Ye (cello): Oboe Quartet in F Major
  • Kaileigh FiorilloNever Enough (from “The Greatest Showman”)
  • Amanda Kim and Camellia YeWith or Without You (cello arrangement)

Thank you to our Tri-M Faculty Advisor, Angela Luftig, for supporting this active student club!

Vintage Coffee and Tea House Highlights Students’ Musical and Literary Talents!

After months of submitting, revising, editing, and proofing, the 49th Edition of Vintage, Wheatley’s award-winning student literary magazine, was released amidst great fanfare at tonight’s Vintage Coffee and Tea House.

During this enjoyable event, students, faculty and family members assembled in Room 450 to hear some of the selections included in this year’s edition and to be entertained by the incredible talents of our students.

Congratulations to our Editor-in-Chief, Camellia Ye and our Editor-at-Large, Pádraig Brady,  for assembling a wonderful team of editorial assistants for this year’s truly remarkable edition. Thank you as well to Rick Wilson, the Vintage Faculty Advisor.

Performers at tonight’s evening included:

  • Tiffany Jiao
  • Ally and the Suncats
  • Grant Callahan
  • Nikolai Sotelo and Emme Resnick
  • Anya Chabria
  • Shruti Goyal
  • Huda Ayaz
  • Ben Casella
  • Lucy Zha
  • Amanda Kim
  • Kajal Kapoor
  • Maliha Ayaz
  • Kenton Wu
  • Janice Zheng
  • Emma Melnikov
  • Pádgraig Brady
  • Camellia Ye
  • Alex Horowitz
  • Charlotte Iannone

Wheatley’s Mock Trial Team Competes in the State Finals!

Last month, Wheatley’s Mock Trial Team captured the Nassau County Championship—the first time in our school’s history! As part of this victory, the team was celebrated (along with finalist Locust Valley High School) by the Nassau Bar Association with a lovely dinner during which the championship trophy was presented to the team and school.

This past Sunday, the team departed for the State Finals Competition. They were accompanied by Mr. Ronald Roaldsen, the Mock Trial Advisor, and Ms. Melinda Gomez, who accompanied the team as a chaperone. Mr. David Schwartz, the team’s legal advisor, also took the trip to Albany.

Going up against the best teams in New York State, the students performed admirably. Although they just missed advancing to the final round, they had a great experience and are proud of their work!

Congratulations to the team members:


  • Jacob Ribotsky
  • Rebecca Sparacio
  • Ashley Vincenzo
  • Emily Yagoda
  • Brenda Zhong


  • Maggie Caroddo
  • James Li
  • Brooke Schwartz
  • Rebecca Zeltsman

The students were led by our Mock Trial Advisor, Mr. Ron Roaldsen, and have been supported throughout the season by Mr. David Schwartz, who has served as the team’s legal counsel.

Thank you to Mr. Roaldsen for the team photo at the State Competition. Thanks as well to Melinda Gomez for the wonderful courtroom sketches from today’s action!

Wheatley’s Fine and Practical Arts Dinner is a Festive Celebration of Student Talent and Commitment!

Wheatley has an incredibly talented student body, involved in so many activities both inside and outside the classroom. Areas in which students have always excelled have been the fine and practical arts. From incredible stage performances to award-winning literary magazines and newspapers, Wheatley students have provided so much entertainment and value to our school and community. To recognize some of the students who have made special contributions in these areas, the faculty advisors invite them to a special dinner held at The INN at New Hyde Park.

In addition to a lovely sit-down dinner, the evening features student performances and a mini art show. The faculty advisors and students are reminded of the critical role they play in helping Wheatley remain a school where there is a place for everyone to shine.

A highlight of this evening is the presentation of the Eve and Jerry Jerome Award, a recognition given to the music student who has demonstrated outstanding skill, character and citizenship at Wheatley. Presented by Mr. Orlovsky, this year’s recipient is the incredibly talented Amanda Kim!

[Thanks to Dr. Eckers for some of the photos.]