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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

Audience members were treated to an evening of incredible singing by 10 extremely talented Wheatley students during the Tri-M Music Honor Society’s Wheatley Idol X on Friday, Nov. 7, in the packed Wheatley auditorium.

 

Nada Al-Okla, sang “Titanium” by David Guetta, Michaela Balboni sang “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities, Alex Boubour sang “Love Song” by The Cure, Melanie Esquilin sang “At Last” by Etta James, Tessa Karikas sang “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, Ben Lee sang “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5, Lauren Levine sang “Drops of Jupiter” by Train, Ally Levy sang “A

Drop in the Ocean” by Ron Pope, Juliana Luber sang “Reflection” by Alan Menken and Morgan Misk sang “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse.

What Thanksgiving Means In Mineola

Thanksgiving is a holiday, a festival, celebration and food fest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest after a harsh winter. Over a century later, George Washington, the nation’s first president, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.

 

Fast forward to 21st century—the modern day Thanksgiving has come a long way since then. What has not changed however is the shared elaborate meal consumed with family and  friends in the same spirit of celebration and giving thanks for the blessings.


Sports

Mineola High School student Mary Elizabeth Smith signed her letter of intent to attend Stetson University in the fall. She is receiving a partial athletic scholarship and will be a member of the Stetson Rowing team.  

 

Smith is an accomplished rower who has trained locally and competed nationally. She began her rowing career as a 10th grader and ranks 53 in her rowing classification. 


 

In their semifinals home playoff game, the 9-year-old Mineola Chiefs (7-2) shut out perennial power Seaford Broncos 21-0. 

 

The Chiefs defense, the strength of the team, was lights out, making gang tackles all over the field. The defensive line of Charlie Villa, Luigi Kaloudis, Michael Nygaard, Luke Ruiz, John Jochym, Zachary Bohringer, Johnny Kessler, Zakria Zulfiqar and Jack McCormack kept the pressure on Seaford’s offense all game long. The Linebackers John Viggiani and Nick Rios attacked the runners and finished off the Broncos.


Calendar

Rockinghams - November 29

Village Green Tree Lighting - December 2

Village Meeting - December 3 


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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