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Wheatley Teams Commended

 

The Wheatley School’s Boys Varsity and Girls Varsity Indoor Track, Fencing, Girls Basketball and Boys Basketball have been recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for academic excellence in its Scholar/Athlete Recognition Award Program. This program recognizes athletic teams from across New York State for the exemplary academic performance of its team members.

 

Based on a composite of the grade point averages among team members, team champions are selected for each varsity sport from those high schools across New York State that enter the competition. Each team is vying for the crown of New York Scholar/Athlete

State Champion in their respective sport. The Wheatley School has received this recognition for 21 state championships since entering the program in 2000. 

 

The girls’ basketball team, coached by Brian McConaghy and Ashley Rogala led by captain’s Olivia Braito, Ankita Kelkar and Jamie Sellinger, had a grade point average of 98.644. The boys’ basketball team, coached by Jim Curcio and led by captain’s Kevin Martins (Mineola) and Andrew Tripi (Mineola), had an average of 91.006.

 

The boys’ indoor track team, coached by Dan Walsh and led by captains Tom Giunta, Dillon Hanel and Neil Shahdadpuri, had an average of 97.221. The girls’ indoor track team, coached by Laura Gurick, had an average of 97.802. The girls’ fencing team, coached by Pierson Taylor and Terry Grace and led by captains Gabriella Leccese and Samantha Siegler, had an average of 97.250.

 

The boys’ fencing team, coached by Pierson Taylor and Terry Grace and led by captain Ben Goldbaum, had an average of 96.360.

News

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola. 

 

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born. 

Educating The Underprivileged Girl

As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what

exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

 

Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.


Sports

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.

 

Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries.  He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.

 

“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said.  “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”

Mustangs Shut Out Valley Stream

The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).

 

Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.


Calendar

Exercise Class - September 24

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 25

International Night - September 25


Columns

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