Written by Tom Fitzpatrick Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00
News 12 Long Island recently recognized William “BJ” Schiela, a senior at The Wheatley School, for his all-around achievement in scholarship, athletics, leadership, and school service. The Scholar-Athlete Recognition Program was started by Bob Wolff, the News 12 Long Island director of sports, in 1988. Each week during the school year, an outstanding Long Island student-athlete is recognized and profiled. On Oct. 13, News 12 Sports anchor, Jamie Stewart, visited Wheatley to present the News 12 Long Island Scholar-Athlete Recognition Award to BJ and film his day at school and his athletic activities. The segment was shown on the News 12 telecast that evening. You can view the video segment on the News 12 website or at www.ewsdonline.org.
BJ has been a starter for the Wildcat’s boys’ varsity soccer team and is one of the team’s captains. As the team’s central defender, he stabilizes a solid defense, provides leadership and inspiration to his teammates on a daily basis and contributed to the team’s 2010 Nassau County Class B Championship. BJ received Honorable Mention All-County as a junior and is a leading force in the team’s surge for a second straight County Championship. BJ is also a two-time captain of varsity track. For the past two years, BJ was All-Division in the high hurdle. BJ continues to be a leader in both sports.
While pursuing a most challenging academic program, BJ has achieved a perfect grade point average of 4.0. He has maintained a high profile in a variety of school and community programs. He is president of the Jazz Band and treasurer for the Student Government, Pep Band and Athletic Leadership Club. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Foreign Language Honor Society, All-Eastern Regional Jazz Ensemble and All-State Symphonic Band. BJ is a three sport athlete, participating in soccer, winter track and track and field. He is also the captain of each team. Somehow BJ finds time in his busy schedule to volunteer his considerable talents to serve the needs of others as a tutor, coach and supporter of many valuable causes.