Vedant Singh is a Siemens Competition Regional Finalist!

Yesterday, Vedant Singh (Class of 2019) was named a Semifinalist in the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. (You can see the Newsday article through this link: Siemens Semifinalist Oct2017_Newsday.)

Today, Vedant was informed that he moved on to the next level of the competition, earning recognition as a Regional Finalist! Vedant was one of 101 students across the United States who was recognized with this honor; he was one of 11 in Long Island to earn this prestigious recognition!

You can read the Newsday cover article about Long Island’s Regional Finalists through this link: Siemens Regional Finalists Oct2017_Newsday

This year more than 1800 projects were submitted, an all-time high.  Vedant researched at Stony Brook University where he was a fellow at the Garcia Research Program under the direction of Dr. Miriam Rafailovich.

The title of Vedant’s project is: Evaluating the Effects of Graphene-Loaded Poly (4-vinylpyridine) Electrospun Fiber Scaffolds and Spun-cast Thin Films on the Proliferation and Differentiation of Dental Pulp Stem Cells in vitro.

Congratulations to Vedant!

[Thanks to Ms. Pace for the write-up!]

Vedant is Siemens Regional Finalist



Photos and Videos from Wheatley’s 60th Commencement Exercises!

On Sunday, 18 June, the Class of 2017 was celebrated during Wheatley’s 60th Annual Commencement Exercises! It was a wonderful ceremony filled with outstanding student speeches and musical performances.

Susan Checkla, our District Publicist, has shared some additional photos from the day. Furthermore, I was able to secure from parents some videos of some of the student performances.

You can view the Commencement Program here: Graduation Program 2017


Class of 2017 Celebrates at Wheatley’s 60th Commencement Exercises!

Earlier today, Wheatley held its 60th Commencement Exercises — this year in celebration of the Class of 2017! The 10:00 am ceremony included four wonderful musical performances and four impressive student speeches. It was a moving ceremony befitting Wheatley’s 60th graduating class! The ceremony also debuted the new Commencement Gowns!

Congratulations to all of the graduates and their families!

You can view a copy of the Commencement Program here: Graduation Program 2017

Tri-M Music Honor Society Inducts New Members!

Earlier today, before the second of our Spring Concerts, Wheatley’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society inducted 16 new members!

Congratulations to the newest members:

  • Kavina Amin
  • Kaya Amin
  • Robert Boubour
  • Patrick Brady
  • Aidan Cozzolino
  • Emily Gothelf
  • Jacob Kaufman
  • Eliana Li
  • Karthik Pitchayan
  • John Scudero
  • Vedant Singh
  • Ashley Vincenzo
  • Trenton Wong
  • Alia Yamin
  • Brenda Zhong
  • Sharon Zhong

As part of the induction ceremony, the audience was treated to some wonderful individual and group performances! We even had some alumni return to perform with our Honor String Ensemble!

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

John Li Earns a Top 50 Score on National Chemistry Olympiad!

This past March, Wheatley Junior, John Li, participated in the Local National Chemistry Olympiad exam at Adelphi University. Over 16,000 students nationwide participate in the local exam. John scored high enough on the local exam to qualify to participate in the National exam. The national exam is a three part, four hour, forty-five minute exam. John took this exam in April at Adelphi. The top twenty students in the nation who score the highest on this exam are selected to be on the United States Chemistry Olympiad team to compete internationally.

Although John did not quite crack the top 20 in the nation, he did score in the top 50 in the nation. This is a truly a great accomplishment. Congratulations to John!

Thanks to Dr. Casamento for the write-up and Mrs. Checkla for the photo!

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Wheatley Students Compete in Math Fair @HofstraU

On Friday afternoon, 23 Wheatley students headed to Hofstra University in order to compete in the annual Mathematics Fair. Students competing included:

8th Grade:

  • Manav Bansal (“Finding Area Under a Curve Using Geometry and Definite Integrals)
  • Anya Chabria (“Fibonacci Numbers”)
  • Nadav Cohen (“Transformations”)
  • Sarah Hassan (“Matrices and their applications in Computer Schience and Mathematics”)
  • Ubaidullah Hassan (“Magic Squares”)
  • Eric Ness (“Music and Mathematics”)
  • Temitope Oshodi (“The Use of Math in Fantasy Sports”)

9th Grade

  • Rahul Ajmera (“The Mathematics Behind the GPS”)
  • Brandon Behar (“The Infinite Qualities of Twin Primes”)
  • Alyssa Belle (“Fractals”)
  • Madison Ramos (“The Mathematics Behind the Construction of the Sagruda Familia”)
  • Ashley Vincenzo (“Inflation and its Connection to Investments”)
  • Emily Yagoda (“Compound Interest”)
  • Sharon Zhong (“Mathematics within Origami”)

10th Grade

  • Andrew Hirsch (“Linear Programming”)
  • Manan Shukla (“The Banach-Tarski Pradox”)

11th Grade

  • Sufia Ainechi (“Planet X”)
  • Justin Vega (“Schrodinger’s Equation”)

12th Grade

  • Jakob Gilbert (“Equation for Combining Exponents”)
  • Arvin Jadonath (“The Lorenze Attractor”)
  • Ashley Lessen (“Chinese Remainder Theorem”)
  • Gil Lotzky (“Martin Gardner’s Puzzles”)
  • Jax Nussbaum (“Finite Differences”)

While the aforementioned students were presenting their research, the following Wheatley faculty members served as judges for the competition:

  • Maryrose Ambrose
  • John Beleckas
  • Robert Gadamowitz
  • Casey Marks
  • Kevin Meyers
  • Robert Teseo

At the end of the competition, 9 Wheatley students earned Gold Medals, 3 Wheatley students earned Silver Medals and 5 Wheatley students earned Bronze Medals. Congratulations to the following medal winners:

Gold Medal Winners:

  • Rahul Ajmera
  • Anya Chabria
  • Jakob Gilbert
  • Sarah Hassan
  • Madison Ramos
  • Manan Shukla
  • Vedant Singh (Awarded for competing in Suffolk Math Fair)
  • Justin Vega
  • Emily Yagoda

Silver Medal Winners

  • Manav Bansal
  • Arvin Jadonath
  • Jax Nussbaum

Bronze Medal Winners

  • Brandon Behar
  • Alyssa Belle
  • Ubaidullah Hassan
  • Ashley Vincenzo
  • Sharon Zhong


Thanks to Mr. Teseo, we have a few pictures from the event:

Wheatley Students Win Recognition at French Poetry Competition!

Five Wheatley students were rewarded for their outstanding performances at the French Poetry Competition on Wednesday, 29 March at The Portledge School in Locust Valley.

Freshman Emily Yagoda and sophomore Zachary Schloss both won first place for their recitations in their respective categories.  Emily chose to recite, “Unsaid” by Aliette Audra.  Zachary’s poem was “Correspondences” by Charles Baudelaire. 

Junior Vani Kumar won first place distinction in the upper level category for her recitation of “L’automne” by Alphonse de Lamartine.

Michelle Raja received the second place award for her recitation on “Hymne à la Beauté” also by Charles Baudelaire.

Eighth grader Manav Bansal won second place in the novice category for his recitation of “Le Cancre” by Jacques Prévert.

Wheatley French teacher J.F. Henley stated:

It is very rewarding to see the students take such an interest in poetry and apply that interest and enthusiasm to a setting such as this interscholastic competition.

This annual event is sponsored by the Nassau County Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French and is attended by students throughout the county.  Félicitations!

[Thanks to Susan Checkla for the photo.]

French Poetry 1

Vani, Michelle, Emily, Manan and Zachary