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Wheatley Shines In Italian Poetry

 Two Wheatley students won awards in this year’s Italian Poetry Contest recently held at SUNY Old Westbury. 

 

Freshman Rene Venable of Mineola was awarded second place in the Level 2 category for her recitation of “Portami il Girasole” by Eugenio Montale.  Senior Caitlin Calio was awarded Honorable Mention for her recitation of Dante’s L’Inferno Canto V in Level 5.

 

The annual event is sponsored by the Long Island Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Italian.

 

“I am pleased that our students always accept the challenge and am so proud of their performance this year,” Wheatley’s Italian teacher Susan Vasselman stated. “We received so many compliments on our recitations from the other competitors and their teachers.”

 

The 2014 event was extremely competitive, with 25 schools and more than  300 students participating. Students are rated on their interpretation of the works, poise, pronunciation and intonation. 

 

Joan Anderson, chairperson of the foreign language department in the East Williston School District added her praise: “Our Italian program is always well represented with so many of our students participating. We are so proud of the public recognition they have received.”

 

Mineola residents Alana Osroff, Daniel Singh, Jade Marcus and Rachel Tomei also presented at the event, along with Wheatley schoolmates Jason Manzano, Ryan Schnur, Eva Suppa, Brittany Haber, Morgan Misk and Julia Haghighi. 

Bravissimo a tutti! 

News

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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