Kajal Kapoor is the Newest Wheatley Idol!

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:

Charlotte Iannone

Julia Dioguardi

Sarah Amselem

Brianna Werny

Jaime Behar

Kajal Kapoor

Krittika Prajapati

Emma Melnikov

Shruti Goyal


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:

Wheatley Inducts 81 Students into the National Honor Society!

Earlier this evening, 81 students were inducted into Wheatley’s Chapter of the National Honor Society. Students inducted into the National Honor Society have met the requirements of the organization’s four pillars: Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Service. In a wonderful ceremony organized by Wheatley’s NHS advisor, Mrs. Allison Chanin-Bermudez, some of the current National Honor Society officers spoke about each pillar of the society. Kenton Wu spoke about Scholarship, Dina Aldad spoke about Leadership, Kristen Leong read Yusuf Meghji’s essay about Character (Yusuf was ill and could not attend) and Pricilla Prasad spoke about Service.

The Keynote Address was given by Dr. Tamir Aldad, a 2002 Wheatley graduate and member of the NHS. Dr. Aldad spoke of the important role failure and struggle play in one’s personal and professional development.

Thank you to Ms. Chanin-Bermudez for organizing such a wonderful ceremony! Congratulations to the following inductees:

  • Rahul Ajmera
  • Alison Amarain
  • Kavina Amin
  • Kaya Amin
  • Alex ArbitalJacoby
  • Meredith Ardizzone
  • Isabel Avila
  • Zachary Azevedo
  • Brandon Behar
  • Alyssa Belle
  • Skylar Blechner
  • Emma Blennau
  • Emily Blumberg
  • Patrick Brady
  • Jessica Calabrese
  • Maggie Caroddo
  • Eric Chu
  • Samantha Chusid
  • Joseph Contrastano
  • Aidan Cozzolino
  • Peter Cuomo
  • Maxwell Davidoff
  • Nicolas DeBellis
  • Kaitlyn Ducroiset
  • Jacquelyn Dunne
  • Thomas Dwyer
  • Matthew Ferrone
  • Jenna Fey
  • Sofia Fuertes
  • April Garnock
  • Norah Gidanian
  • Derek Gilbert
  • Katharine Gold
  • Emily Gothelf
  • Alex Horowitz
  • Hitangee Jain
  • Sahil Jain
  • Ansh Jhaveri
  • Jacob Kaufman
  • Megan Kaye
  • Sanjana Khana
  • Jason Koty
  • Theodore Koutsoftas
  • Hema Kumar
  • Eliana Li
  • James Li
  • Karen Li
  • Samantha Lew
  • Akiva Mohebban
  • Amanda Molstad
  • Victoria Mora
  • Kaila Nabatian
  • Vana Nath-Mahadeo
  • Ilana Nimkoff
  • Ari Ostad
  • Karthik Pitchayan
  • Natalia Potrapeluk
  • Madison Ramos
  • Orell Rayhan
  • Isabella Rios
  • Brenden Resnick
  • Brooke Rubenstein
  • Tyler Schore
  • Diya Shah
  • Dean Sheinman
  • Jaylyn Soleimani
  • Rebecca Sparacio
  • Alexander Tu
  • Amanda Ustick
  • Ashley Vincenzo
  • Aidan Wong
  • Trenton Wong
  • Erin Wu
  • Emily Yagoda
  • Zachary Yakubovich
  • Alia Yamin
  • Aaron Zachariah
  • Rebecca Zeltsman
  • Allison Zheng
  • Brenda Zhong
  • Sharon Zhong

Frederick Lin Finds Success in Germany!

This past summer, freshman Frederick Lin earned the distinction of participating at the International History Olympiad hosted in Berlin, Germany. The 2018 International History Olympiad was attended by over 200 students with more than 30 global affiliations. In the competition, he finished 2nd place in art history and 3rd in women’s history. At the closing ceremonies held at Charlottenburg Palace, he was awarded a silver medal (art history) and bronze medal (women’s history).

The International History Olympiad is a biennial week-long competition of history, attended by some of the best young history students from around the world.

Congratulations, Freddy!

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.