Wheatley Wildcat Scores Big at Adelphi Press Day!

On Wednesday, 28 February, 9 students representing the editorial staff of The Wheatley Wildcat attended Press Day at Adelphi. Students were accompanied by Mrs. Jo Beth Roberts, our librarian and newspaper advisor. This annual event is an opportunity for High School students to learn more about Journalism, culminating with the Quill awards for outstanding work in the field by High School newspapers.

Wheatley’s Wildcat newspaper has won multiple awards over the years, but this year the format of the newspaper moved to an entirely online environment, which in turn created new challenges and opportunities. The staff of The Wildcat, led by Editors-In -Chief Karan Amin and Mara Zuckerman, are able to write articles and publish expediently, which makes the student paper more exciting and timely.

Adelphi began the event with a presentation about “Fake News” history and impact, followed by a panel discussion with journalism professors, magazine writers and publishers. The students then went to breakout sessions to discuss how the news and the structure of a school setting impact their own reporting.

The highlight of the day is the presentation of the Quill Awards, featuring 15 categories. Each school may enter up to six categories. The Wildcat entered the following categories:

  • Best Online Newspaper: Karen Amin & Mara Zukerman, Eds. in Chief
  • Most Outstanding Reporter: Camellia Yi
  • Best Arts Review: Jacob Ribotsky
  • Best Opinion Piece: Kenton Wu
  • Best Feature: Abhishek Kumar

The staff was nervous as it was the first year that the paper was written exclusively online. The students were thrilled when it was announced that the Wildcat had been recognized with 2nd place for Best Online Newspaper.

The students probably should also have received an award for most creative; after lunch Kenton and Abhishek collected empty lunch boxes from all the students and created an impressive tower, much to the delight of all in attendance.

Read The Wildcat online at https://wheatleywildcat.org/

Congratulations to the students! Thanks to Mrs. Roberts for the write-up and photos!

Wheatley Wildcat Recognized at Press Day @AdelphiU

On Wednesday, 9 March, some of our Wildcat Newspaper editors attended Press Day at Adelphi University. In addition to breakout sessions featuring newspaper and magazine editors and reporters, the conference features the Quill Awards, which serve to recognized high school newspapers in a variety of categories.

Wheatley’s Wildcat earned recognition in a variety of categories:

Best Opinion Piece, 1st Place

  • Andrew Zuckerman, Jeffrey Poomkudy and Luke Cuomo for “DON’T READ THIS IF YOU ARE EASILY OFFENDED!: A Cold, Hard Look at Trigger Warnings, Free Speech, Racial Insensitivity , and the Right to Not be Offended”

Best Photograph, 3rd Place

  • David Rosenzweig

Outstanding Newspaper, 3rd Place

  • The Wheatley Wildcat – Joy Bestourous and Andrew Zuckerman, Editors in Chief

Best Opinion Piece, Honorable Mention

  • Krista Chen for “Global State of Emergency”

Congratulations to the student editors:

  • Editors-in-Chief: Joy Bestourous and Andrew Zuckerman
  • Editor-in-Chief of Photography and Design: David Rosenzweig
  • Editor-in-Chief of Media: Josh Dinetz
  • Managing Editors: Krista Chen and Andrew Jin
  • News Editors: Jared Bernstein and Jordan Shaked
  • Business and Technology Editors: Arihant Jain and Karan Amin
  • Features Editor: Jessica Chu
  • Entertainment Editor: Erica Kim
  • Op-Ed Editor: Sienna Brancato
  • Sports Editor: Chris Vazquez

Finally, thanks to our Faculty Advisors, Jen Fatone and Jo Beth Roberts.

(Thanks to Ms. Roberts for the photo!)

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Andrew, Joy, David, Jeffrey, Ari, Sienna and Andrew!

Wheatley Wildcat Recognized as Best Newspaper!

On 25 March, members of Wheatley’s school newspaper, the Wildcat, attended the 2015 Quill Awards at Adelphi University. At this annual celebration of high school journalism, the Wildcat was recognized as the Best Newspaper!

Additionally, Josh Dinetz (Class of 2016) was awarded 2nd place in the Freelance category. Congratulations to the student editors and staff members of the Wildcat, along with the faculty advisors, Jo Beth Roberts and Jennifer Fatone.

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Congratulations to the Editors-in-Chief: Sarah Golden and Seungmin Yi; Managing Editors: Andrew Zuckerman and Josh Dinetz; Editor-in-Chief of Social Media: Hannah Mittman; Business & Technology Editors: Andrew Jin and Harris Wekselblatt; News Editors: Krista Chen and Kuan Yu; Features Editors: Jacqueline LaGinestra and Sabrina Lee; Entertainment Editors: Dara Bahk and Erica Kim; Op-Ed Editors: Joy Bestourours and Donna Nazarian; Sports Editors: Danielle Wasserman and Brian Gong; and Photography Editor: David Rosenzweig.  Congratulations and thank you to the faculty advisors Jen Fatone and Jo Beth Roberts.

(Thanks to Susan Checkla for the photographs and staff description.)