Vedant Singh Recognized as an Outstanding Chemistry Student!

On 9 May, in a ceremony at Nassau Community College, Vedant Singh (Class of 2019) was recognized by the Long Island subsection of the American Chemical Society for outstanding scholastic achievement in High School Chemistry. An outstanding chemistry student, Vedant has demonstrated both wonderful talent and interest in chemistry.

Vedat was accompanied to the awards ceremony by his teacher, Mr. Timothy Schwalm.

Congratulations to Vedant!

[Thanks to Mr. Schwalm for the photos!]

Jo Beth Roberts Recognized as Nassau School Librarian of the Year!

Earlier today, our very own Jo Beth Roberts was recognized as the Nassau County School Librarian of the Year! I was honored to have nominated Jo Beth and was thrilled to be able to present her for this recognition at the final meeting of Nassau School Librarians!

Jo Beth is an extraordinary librarian! Our school, our district and our community are all very fortunate to have her as part of our learning community.

After being introduced, Jo Beth shared some words and even a brief presentation about her pathway to becoming a school librarian!

Jo Beth’s husband, Jamie, accompanied her to the ceremony. Present as well were Jo Beth’s colleagues, Diane Ilkiw (Willets Road) and Karen Homer (North Side). Ed Kemnitzer, our Director of Innovation and Technology (and recipient of last year’s Administrator of the Year Award), was also present.


Jo Beth Roberts Celebrated at Simmons Award Coffeehouse!

On Thursday, 19 April, the East Williston community came together to celebrate one outstanding educator from each of the three schools as the recipient of the Simmons Award.

The Simmons Award, named after Steve Simmons (Class of 1964), was started in 1996, when he, in appreciation of the extraordinary education he, his family and his classmates received here, donated $100,000 to the East Williston Education Foundation to establish an annual awards night. Over 100 staff members have been honored with certificates and monetary awards in appreciation for what they contribute to the education of our students.

This year’s recipients were:

  • Jo Beth Roberts (Wheatley’s Library Media Specialist)
  • Vanessa Dimascio (Willets Road 5th Grade)
  • Jill Widyn (North Side 4th Grade)

The recipients were introduced by a colleague from their school who highlighted just some of the numerous accomplishments and attributes which resulted in each of our awardees being nominated for and selected for this special award. Steve Collier, our secondary English Chair, introduced Mrs. Roberts to the audience. Rick Wilson, a member of our English department, coordinated the creation of a wonderful commemorative album.

Congratulations to Mrs. Roberts for this well-deserved recognition!

John Li Recognized by Town of North Hempstead!

Earlier this year, John Li was recognized as a Regeneron Scholar for his project, “Three Efficient Inventions That Work Together to Reduce the Time and Cost of Automobile Transmission Fluid and Filter Changes by 3/4th.” As part of his research, John looked at streamlining the current procedures for changing transmission fluid and filters.  The proposed three inventions work in conjunction to reduce cost and time for not only the consumer but the automobile industries as well.

During a ceremony at the Town of North Hempstead’s Town Hall on Tuesday evening, John was recognized for this wonderful accomplishment!

Thank you to our Science Department Chair, Alexis Blondrage Pace, for the photos!

Wheatley Announces 141 AP Scholars!

One hundred forty-one (141) students at The Wheatley School have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the nearly 1.9 million high school students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.

National Scholar Award

At Wheatley, thirteen students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. The students who earned this distinction are:

  • Ananya Bansal*
  • Kathryn Feil
  • Jakob Gilbert
  • Samuel Goldman
  • Abdullah Hassan
  • Brett Katz*
  • John Li*
  • Michelle Lin
  • Dylan Nektalov
  • Sumughan Pitchayan
  • Justin Spar
  • Joshua Wolff
  • Angela Yang

AP Scholar with Distinction

Fifty-nine students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are:

  • Isabella Araujo
  • Samuel Avila*
  • Ananya Bansal*
  • Benjamin Barnett
  • Rachel Bergsohn*
  • Carly Brensilber
  • Stephanie Buchheim
  • Zachary Calabrese
  • Jacob Chimerine*
  • Aileen Chowdhury
  • Alana Conroy*
  • Laura D’Angelo
  • Meaghan Doherty*
  • Kathryn Feil
  • William Feil*
  • Lauren Frantz
  • Rachel Fuzaylov*
  • Nirel Gidanian
  • Jakob Gilbert
  • Samuel Goldman
  • Brittany Haber
  • Sana Haroon*
  • Abdullah Hassan
  • Jessica Hastings*
  • Steven John
  • Charlotte Kaminsky*
  • Brett Katz*
  • Rebecca Khorsandi
  • Jeehyun Kim*
  • Megan Kirschner*
  • Rachel Koty
  • Abhishek Kumar*
  • Vani Kumar*
  • Lauren Levine
  • Theodore Lewis
  • John Li*
  • Michelle Lin
  • Mitchell Lin*
  • Mary Ma*
  • Elan Mizhiritsky*
  • Dylan Nektalov
  • Jax Nussbaum
  • Alexandra Ostad*
  • Hannah Ostad*
  • Erin Patterson*
  • Sumughan Pitchayan
  • Michelle Raja*
  • Jesse Romano*
  • Hunter Schore*
  • Justin Spar
  • Saman Suleman*
  • Justin Vega*
  • Emily Wang*
  • Joshua Wolff
  • Aiden Wong*
  • Carol Wu*
  • Anne Yan*
  • Angela Yang
  • Alice Ye*

AP Scholar with Honor

Thirty students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are:

  • Reuben Alexander
  • Maya Alfia
  • Adeel Anwar*
  • Ariana Arralde
  • Michaela Balboni*
  • Brett Bloomberg*
  • Kevin Contreras*
  • Antony Deluxe**
  • Joseph Dinetz
  • Joshua Druz
  • Evan Gitlitz*
  • Christopher Giunta*
  • Lianna Golden
  • Remi Goldfarb*
  • Jack Goldman
  • Gretchen Keller
  • Jacob Klee
  • Antonio Liparoto
  • Jason Manzano*
  • Michael Medvedev*
  • Lucas Miller*
  • Lindsay Mosca
  • Aamir Muneer*
  • Matthew Porges
  • Naomi Schlesinger
  • Ryan Schnur*
  • Manan Shukla**
  • Vedant Singh**
  • Cooper Tanenhaus*
  • Kenton Wu**

AP Scholar

Fifty-two students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with grades of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are:

  • Sufia Ainechi*
  • Sanjay Allahdad
  • Justin Antunes*
  • Claire Baker
  • Matthew Baltzer*
  • Kayla Bellan
  • Alekya Bokka*
  • Devin Brancato*
  • Yat-Hei Cheng
  • Jona Chorost*
  • Caroline Crimmins*
  • Matthew Cristina
  • Eric Fox
  • Rikki Gassman*
  • Roxane Ghadami*
  • Zachary Groveman
  • Sahaj Gulati
  • Evan Hirsch
  • Jamie Horowitz*
  • Andrew Hyon
  • Jessica Igoe*
  • Taliah Ilyadi*
  • Arvin Jadonath
  • Tiffany Jiao**
  • Coby Kamhi*
  • Tessa Karikas*
  • Alexandra Kasparian*
  • Punit Kaur*
  • Amanda Kim*
  • Megan Klein*
  • Joshua Koelsch*
  • Taylor Kristal
  • Allison LaMonica
  • Diana Lee
  • Ashley Lessen
  • Allison Levy
  • Gil Lotzky
  • Darren Novel
  • Brianna O’Brien
  • Raffaela Palmieri
  • Mahesh Pitchayan**
  • Austin Pomerantz
  • Jessica Poomkudy*
  • Anusha Ramnarayan*
  • Micki Wain
  • Ally Wang*
  • Jeffrey Wu
  • Kevin Yi
  • Ilan Zarin*
  • Eric Zhou*
  • Brandon Zhu**
  • Sara Zulfiqar

Of this year’s award recipients at Wheatley, seventy-three earned them as juniors (designated with *) and six earned them as sophomores (designated with **). These members of the Class of 2018 and 2019 have more time during which to complete college-level work and possibly earn another AP Scholar Award Recognition.

Students and Staff Celebrated at our 13th Annual “In Recognition of Excellence” Dinner

Earlier this evening, 14 June, our 13th Annual In Recognition of Excellence dinner was held. During a very busy time of the year, this remains one of my favorite evenings. Through our students’ own voices, attendees are reminded of the deep and lasting impact our faculty have on our students’ academic, emotional and social lives. The celebration of the relationships formed and connections made is what makes for such a special evening!

With so much talent in our school, it is still possible for some students to not get the recognition that they deserve. To recognize these students, the In Recognition of Excellence award was introduced thirteen years ago. This honor is given to a group of students who have demonstrated outstanding service to school and community, demonstrated respect and concern for fellow students, and set high expectations for themselves as they have achieved their goals.

The recipients of this award were asked to select one teacher, staff member or coach from their experiences at North Side, Willets Road, and Wheatley who had the greatest positive impact on their life.

Congratulations to our recognized students and the faculty they acknowledged:

Jack Goldman

  • Donna Casano (NS)
  • Dr. Joseph Coladonato (WR)
  • Adam Plana (Wh)

Zachary Groveman

  • Kerri Spieler (NS)
  • Matthew Gottlieb (WR)
  • Cynthia Schwartz (Wh)

Allison LaMonica

  • Christopher Campbell (NS)
  • Michelle Santoro (WR)
  • Ashley Rogala (Wh)

Julia Mongelluzzo

  • Roxee Lore (NS-Ret.)
  • Bridget Lennon (WR)
  • Kristen Guyton (Wh)

Dylan Nektalov

  • Kelly Powers (NS)
  • Matthew Gottlieb (WR)
  • Adam Plana (Wh)

Taylor Ribotsky

  • Jill Widyn (NS)
  • Karen Stein (WR)
  • Danielle Calvagno (Wh)

Micki Wain

  • Roxee Lore (NS-Ret.)
  • Michelle Santoro (WR)
  • Dr. John Staudt (Wh)

Joshua Wolff

  • Henry Kupstas (NS)
  • Denise Giulano (WR)
  • Steve Cadet (Wh)

Kevin Yi

  • Scott Hoefling (WR)
  • Dr. John Staudt (Wh)
  • Adam Plana (Wh)

Heydi Manjano Selected as BOCES Outstanding Student!

Heydi Manjano, one of our graduating students, has been involved in Nassau BOCES Cosmetology program at its Barry Tech Campus. As part of this program, Heydi takes classes at Wheatley in the morning and classes at Barry Tech in the afternoon. On Wednesday evening, Barry Tech had its graduation ceremony for students who had successfully completed one of its many programs, and as part of that program, Heydi was recognized as the Outstanding Cosmetology Student.

Congratulations to Heydi on this wonderful