Class of 2018 is Celebrated at the 61st Annual Commencement Exercises!

Earlier today, Wheatley held its 61st Commencement Exercises — this year in celebration of the Class of 2018! The 10:00 am ceremony included four wonderful musical performances and four impressive student speeches. It was a moving ceremony befitting this remarkable graduating class.

Congratulations to all of the graduates and their families!

You can view a copy of the Commencement Program here: Graduation Program 2018

Julia Schriefer, an 8th Grader (!), is Heading the NYS Championship Meet!

After an impressive season that included breaking school records and accomplishing much on the track and field, 8th Grader Julia Schriefer is heading to the New York State Track and Field Championship Meet in Cicero-North Syracuse! This is an amazing accomplishment for a relatively young runner.

Julia earned the right to compete in the State Championship meet after winning the 800 m run and 400 m hurdles in last week’s State Qualifier meet. (These two races were separated by a mere 30 minutes…and she WON both of them!)

Congratulations to Julia and Coach Paulson for this wonderful accomplishment! Good luck, Julia!

[Thanks to DJ Paulson for the action photos!]

Vintage Coffeehouse 2018 Dazzles the Audience!

After months of submitting, revising, editing, and proofing, the 48th Edition of Vintage, Wheatley’s student literary magazine, was released amidst great fanfare at Friday evening’s Vintage Coffeehouse. During this wonderful 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.

A huge “Thank You” and “Congratulations” to our Editor-in-Chief, Vani Kumar, our Junior Editors of Literature, Saman Suleman and Anne Yan, for assembling a wonderful team of editors for this year’s truly remarkable edition. Thank you as well to Rick Allen Wilson, our Faculty Advisor to Vintage.

Performers included:

  • Ally and the Suncats
  • Emma Melnikov
  • Kenton Wu
  • Alekya Bokka and Adeel Anwar
  • Michaela Balboni
  • Robert Boubour
  • Alexandra Levine
  • Spectrum (see Wheatley’s Got Talent 2018)
  • Shruti Goyal and Talia Rosen
  • Kimberly Esquillin
  • Kajal Kapoor
  • Justin Vega
  • Vani Kumar
  • Patrick Brady
  • Halli ArbitalJacoby

Ally and Saman are National Merit Award Winners!

Congratulations to Ally Kim and Saman Suleman for being recognized as National Merit Scholars! This impressive recognition is a testimony to these students’ efforts and accomplishment throughout their high school years!

As National Merit Scholars, these three students join approximately 7,500 students from across the country as this year’s National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

 

These Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official. Scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

This year’s competition for National Merit Scholarships began in October 2016 when
over 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools took the PSAT, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were named Semifinalists on a state representational basis.

From the Semifinalist group, 15,000 students met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. By the conclusion of the 2016 program, about 7,500 Finalists earned the “Merit Scholar” title and received a total of about $33 million in college scholarships.

 

Students Compete in New York History Day!

On Sunday, 22 April, thirteen EWSD regional winners of Long Island History Day traveled to Cooperstown, New York to participate in the New York State History Day competition.  Their participation in this competition was as a result of their recognition at the Long Island Regional History Day in March. The contestants spent the weeks between the two contests tweaking their websites, documentaries, and exhibits and worked hard to present their research to teachers, historians, and archivists at the state level.

Students were accompanied by Mr. Eckers, Mr. Shanahan, and Ms. Ilkiw.  Between the initial interviews and the run-offs, the students enjoyed a beautiful spring day near the shores of Otsego Lake, visiting the Farmers’ Museum and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Wheatley students competing in the State Competition included:

Senior Individual Exhibit

  • Rahul Ajmera: The 1902 Anthracite Coal Strike: A Successful Compromise

Junior Group Website

  • Maia Cale and Janice Zeng: Women’s Road to Enlightenment Coeducation

Junior Group Documentary

  • Lauren Hackett, Charlotte Iannone, Victoria Potrapeluk and Jaina Shah: Helen Hunt Jackson

Having placed in the top two of their category in Cooperstown, Maia Cale and Janice Zeng (Junior Group Website) will be advancing to the National History Day finals in Maryland in June! These Wheatley students will be accompanied by Grant Callahan and Benjamin Casella from Willets Road.

Congratulations to all of the students who competed!

[Thanks to Mr. Eckers for some of the write-up and the photos!]

 

 

Wheatley Students Achieve in Italian Poetry Contest!

Congratulations to our Wheatley Italian students for their excellent performance in the Italian Poetry Contest held at SUNY Old Westbury on Friday, 13 April.  Senior Adeel Anwar won 3rd place in the Level 3 category for his recitation of Dante Aligheri’s poem, “Tanto gentile e tanto onesta pare.”

Receiving Honorable Mention in their respective categories were:

  • Eric Ness (Level 2)
  • Patrick Brady (Level 3)
  • Cecilia Jozef (Level 4)

Other participants included:

  • Dean Sheinman
  • Victoria Mora
  • Jason Liu

This annual event is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Italian.

Special thanks to Mrs. Susan Vasselman for her continued commitment and devotion to providing our Italian students with the opportunities to participate in such meaningful competitions.

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Cecelia, Adeel, Patrick and Eric

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Adeel with his 3rd Place Recognition

Ally, John and Saman Earn National Merit Finalist Status!

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has advanced three Wheatley seniors as Finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. The seniors earning this prestigious honor are:

  • Aly Kim
  • John Li
  • Saman Suleman

As Finalists, the students have scored in the top one half of one percent of the more than 1.5 million juniors who entered the program by taking the PSAT last year.

By advancing to Finalist status, these students remain eligible for Merit Scholarship awards worth $34 million that will be offered this spring.

We congratulate the work of our Finalists!