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!]

The Class of 2019 Prepares for its Final Weeks at Wheatley!

On 4 September 2018, the Class of 2019 greeted its Senior Year at Wheatley with its Senior Sunrise. Earlier this evening, as students began their final week of classes at Wheatley, it was time to prepare for the end of its senior year with the Senior Sunset.

Although the weather was not the most cooperative, members of the Class of 2019 had a great time signing their yearbooks, enjoying some snacks, and reviewing the Senior Year Goals cards they completed at the Senior Sunrise.

When the rain let up a bit, we headed out to the Jessica Cohen Memorial Courtyard for a group photo.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 for what has been a wonderful year!