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Wheatley Honors Star Athletes

Fifteen Wheatley High School students have been recognized by the Nassau County Interscholastic Athletic Association for their exceptional performance in athletics, scholarship and leadership qualities for the winter 2012-2013 season.  All winter teams were recognized as NYS Scholar/Athlete Team Award winners. The Boys Indoor Track team was crowned NYS State Scholar Athlete Team Champions.  The Boys Varsity Basketball team won the Nassau County Class B Championship.

Boys Fencing

Scholar Athlete Team

Kuan Yu: All County – 2nd Team

Girls Fencing

Scholar Athlete Team


Scholar Athlete Team

Erik Rodriguez: All County

Bryan Dennis: All County

Vincent Ali: All County

Shawn Mosca: All County

Boys Basketball

Scholar Athlete Team

Nassau County Class B Champions

Christian Hyon: Conference Scholar Athlete, All County And MVP Nassau County Tournament

Alex Israel: All Conference

Andrew Tripi: All Conference

Joshua Hyon: All Conference

Girls Basketball

Scholar Athlete Team

Rebecca Braito: All County

Chelsea Pincus: All Class And BCANY Scholar Athlete

Allie Giller: All Conference And BCANY Scholar Athlete

Taylor Kaminsky: NCGBCA Scholar Athlete

Boys Indoor Track

New York State Champion

Scholar Athlete Team

Girls Indoor Track

Scholar Athlete Team

Leigh Anderson: All Conference

Katie Keller: All Conference

Wheatley Award Recipients – Winter 2012-2013

Varsity Boys Track

Wildcat Award: Tom Giunta

Coaches Award: Greg Pfadenhauer

Unsung Hero: Dillon Hanel

JV Boys Track

Spirit Award: Nick Vazquez And Mike Koszalka

Varsity Girls Track

Wildcat Award: Morgan Hanel

Coaches Award: Sarah Golden

Unsung Hero: Maura Koszalka

Varsity Girls Basketball

Wildcat Award: Rebecca Braito

Coaches Award: Chelsea Pincus

Unsung Hero: Allie Giller

JV Girls Basketball

Spirit Award: Perri Schreiber And Lauren Hogg

Varsity Boys Basketball

Wildcat Award: Christian Hyon

Coaches Award: Ethan Abrishamian 

Unsung Hero: Alex Israel

JV Boys Basketball 

Spirit Award

Matt Hogg & Blake Hargrove

Varsity Dance

Wildcat Award: Fallon Roher

Coaches Award: Sam Golden

Unsung Hero: Maria Hincapie

JV Dance Spirit Award:  Taylor Keenan And Ashley Saparzedeh

Varsity Boys Fencing

Wildcat Award: Kuan Yu

Coaches Award: Gary Kim

Unsung Hero: Ben Goldbaum

Varsity Girls Fencing

Wildcat Award: Samantha Siegler

Coaches Award: Kristina Tarnok

Unsung Hero: Gabriella Leccese

Varsity Wrestling

Wildcat Award: Bryan Dennis

Coaches Award: Erik Rodriguez

Unsung Hero: Mark Perrone

Spirit Award: Kurrel Fabian


Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.


Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.


Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


SUNY College at Old Westbury recently named Dr. Anthony DeLuca of Levittown as the College’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  

DeLuca, now entering his third year at Old Westbury, also holds the position as director Old Westbury’s Honors College.


“We are thrilled that Dr. DeLuca will serve as Old Westbury’s Faculty Athletics Representative,” said director of athletics Lenore Walsh.  “He is a champion for intercollegiate athletics and has been involved with our program since his arrival at Old Westbury.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Dr. DeLuca in support of our students’ academic and athletic pursuits at Old Westbury.”

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


Pete Hamill Lecture - December 5

Chazak Celebration - December 7

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