Wheatley’s Science Olympiad Team Competes in Regional Science Olympiad!

On Saturday, 2 February, 41 teams competed at the Nassau East Science Olympiad Regional. Wheatley’s Science Olympiad team finished 12th overall.

Top-10 performances for the competition included:

  • Chemistry Lab – 3rd – Karan Amin & Vedant Singh
  • Circuit Lab – 8th – Vedant Singh & Viraj Jayam
  • Codebusters – 10th – Kenton Wu, Sahill Jain, Ryan Wu
  • Designer Genes – Victor Li & Rebecca Sparacio
  • Disease Detectives – Sarah Hassan & Karen Li
  • Fermi Questions – Vedant Singh & Viraj Jayam
  • Fossils – 6th – Hitangee Jain & Victor Li
  • Geologic Mapping – 1st – Karan Amin & Victor Li
  • Herpetology – 7th – Victor Li & Hitangee Jain
  • Mission Possible – 10th – Karen Li & Hitangee Jain
  • Thermodynamics – 2nd – Vedant Singh & Karen Li

Other performance of note:

  • Dynamic Planet – 12th – Kristin Zachariah & Anya Chabria

Congratulations to the students on their efforts! Thanks to Mr. Paulson and Mr. Gottlieb, the club advisors, for spending the day with the students!

[Thanks to Mr. Paulson for the photos!]

Wheatley’s Brainstormers Are Back in Business!

On Saturday, February 9th, The Wheatley School’s Brainstormers Club competed in The National History Bee & Bowl’s Long Island Winter Tournament at Freeport High School. In the tournament, members from the Brainstormers Club participated in several competitions, including the History Bowl (group competition), the History Bee (individual competition), the United States History Bee (Qualifying Exam), and the United States Geography Olympiad (Qualifying Exam).

History Bowl Results

In the History Bowl, the Junior Varsity Team, consisting of Frederick Lin, maintained a 3-2 record in the tournament and went on to be awarded the Runner-Up (second-place) award for the Junior Varsity Division in the playoffs. The Varsity Team, consisting of Rahul Ajmera, Padraig Brady, Peter Cuomo, and James Li, demonstrated a strong effort—maintaining a 2-3 record in the tournament—but did not advance to playoffs.

History Bee Results

In the History Bee, Frederick Lin advanced to the playoffs and was awarded a Silver Medal (second place) for the Junior Varsity Division. Frederick Lin qualified to advance to the National History Bee & Bowl National Tournament hosted at Arlington, Virginia & Washington D.C. in April 2019. At the moment, scores are still being examined for the club’s performance in the United States History Bee and United States Geography Olympiad.

A special thanks to Club Advisor John Beleckas for his work in preparing our outstanding Brainstormers for the tournament.  A huge thank you as well to Joseph Crotty for accompanying the students and preparing the write-up!


Wheatley Celebrates our Winter Athletics with a Pep Rally!

This past Friday afternoon, we finished a busy week of activity with a Winter Pep Rally! Organized and run by the Wheatley Student Senate, the pep rally gave teams an opportunity to introduce themselves to the school. The festivities began with the singing of the national anthem by Shruti Goyal (signed by Charlotte Goldbaum) and continued with performances by the Dance Team and our Cheer Team. Our very own Wheatley Wildcat (ably performed by sophomore Sage Silber) helped get the crowd enthused! We even demonstrated a new activity based on the “Hungry Hungry Hippos” game!


Wheatley’s Wildcat Newspaper Wins Big at Adelphi Press Day Quill Awards!

On Wednesday, 6 February, the editors and writers for Wheatley’s Wildcat Newspaper attended the annual Press Day at Adelphi University. The day permits students across Long Island to learn from newspaper and magazine editors, reporters and writers about the ever-changing world of media.

A highlight of the event is the presentation of the Quill Awards, which provide recognition to outstanding student writers, editors and newspapers.

Wheatley was recognized in several of the categories, including:

Best Online Newspaper

Best Arts Review

  • Second Place: Jacob Ribotsky (“A Brief History of Colonization: A Heart-Wrenching Story Made Fun”)

Best Opinion Piece

  • Second Place: Kenton Wu (“Contingency Plans for December 15th”)

Congratulations to the entire Wildcat staff! Particular thanks to Jennifer Fatone and Jo Beth Roberts for their work with the students.

You can check out the award-winning newspaper here: https://wheatleywildcat.org/

[Thanks to Mrs. Fatone for some of the photos!]

DECA Innovations Challenge Brings together Schools and Students to Solve Problems!

On Thursday, 7 February, Wheatley’s DECA Club hosted the 1st Annual Wheatley Innovations Challenge. Nearly ninety students from seven schools (Carle Place, Great Neck South, Herricks, Jericho, Roslyn, Schreiber and Wheatley) participated in the day’s events.
Students competed in teams of 4 in a business role-play simulation as well as a Principal’s Challenge. For the Innovations challenge, students were asked to reimagine and reinvent the Source Mall property and then make a verbal presentation of their business plan to our judges.

The second challenge involved boosting the sales of The Wheatley School Store run by our Life Skills program. The DECA students were encouraged to browse the store’s selection and ask questions to Mrs. Laurino and her students.  Mrs. Laurino said she received great feedback from not only the winning team but many of the teams; she plans to incorporate the suggestions in the near future.

Feedback from participants, as well as the judges, indicated the competition was a great experience for the students.  It truly gave them the opportunity to participate in real-world business situations. It also helped to prepare them for their future endeavors and gave them the confidence to try new things. Overall, the competition was a great success, and we look forward to hosting it again next year!

Thank you to Diane Ikliw, Jo Beth Roberts, Robert Teseo, Corey Ribotsky, Armando Amselen, Francine Federman, and Lauren McMullen for judging. A special thank you goes to Mrs. Malik who advises the DECA Club.

[Thank you to Dr. Teseo and Mrs. Malik for the write-up and the photos.]