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Wheatley’s Winter Athletics Receive NYS Scholar/Athlete Recognition

Submitted By Tom Fitzpatrick

The Wheatley School’s Boys Varsity and Girls Varsity Indoor Track, Fencing, Basketball and Boys Varsity Wrestling have been recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) for academic excellence in its Scholar/Athlete Recognition Award Program. This program, which was initiated by NYPHSAA 20 years ago, recognizes athletic teams from across New York State for the exemplary academic performance of its team members.  Based upon 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.

The teams have demonstrated athletic excellence on their fields of play and academic excellence in the classroom. Each team is vying for the crown of New York Scholar/Athlete State Champion in their respective sport. The Wheatley School has received this prestigious recognition for 15 state championships since entering the program in 2000-2001.

The Girls’ Varsity Basketball team, coached by Brian McConaghy and led by captains Megan Murphy and Olivia McCracken, had a grade point average of 94.45. The Boys’ Varsity Wrestling team, coached by Joe Cerulli and led by captains Matt DeBenedittis and Kyle Castoria, had an average of 91.05.

The Boys’ Varsity Basketball team, coached by Jim Curcio and led by captains Chris Gould and Bryan Wilson, had an average of 94.88. The Boys’ Indoor Track team coached by Dan Walsh and led by captains William Schiela and Joe Giunta, had an average of 93.58.

The Girls’ Indoor Track team coached by Joe Kelly and led by captains Jackie Stagnari, Sofia Mancini, Jamie Forrest, Michelle Kalish, Stephanie Cheung and Ariana Beague, had an average of 95.74.  The Girls’ Fencing team, coached by Terry Grace and Aerin Hohensee and led by captain Amy Lessoff, had a near perfect average of 99.01.

The Boys’ Fencing team, coached by Terry Grace and Aerin Hohensee and led by captain David Skwiersky, had an average of 98.58.