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Wheatley’s Winter Athletic Teams Receive NYS Scholar/Athlete Recognition

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 19 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 average 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 its respective sport.  The Wheatley School has received this prestigious recognition for 17 state championships since entering the program in 2000-2001.

The girls basketball team, coached by Brian McConaghy, and lead by captains Olivia McCracken, Michelle Hucke and Ariel Fieldman, had a grade point average of 96.069. The wrestling team, coached by Zach Korman, and lead by captains Matt DeBenedittis and Kyle Castoria, had an average of 92.042. The boys basketball team, coached by Jim Curcio, and lead by captains Zach Rogers and Bryan Wilson, had an average of 93.241.  The boys indoor track team, coached by Dan Walsh, and lead by captain Nick Conte, had an average of 95.115.  The girls indoor track team, coached by Joe Kelly, and lead by captains Nicole Cutinella, Jamie Forest, Michelle Kalish, Ghazal Mizrahi and Jen Plonski, had an average of 97.181.  The girls fencing team, coached by  Aerin Hohensee, and lead by captains Limor Alevi and Jocelyn Cheung, had a near perfect average of 99.451.  The boys fencing team, also coached by Aerin Hohensee, and lead by captain Liting Chiang, had an average of 99.157.