Scholar/Athlete Team Champions


The Wheatley School’s Girls Varsity Tennis and Girls Varsity Soccer teams have both been recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) for academic excellence and have been declared New York State Champions 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 upon a composite of the grade point averages among team members, the team champions (a teams with the highest GPA) are selected for each varsity sport from high schools across New York State.

For the 2015-2016 fall sports season, the girls’ varsity tennis team’s unweighted GPA of 99.04 is the highest GPA in that sport. Team members are: Stephanie Buchheim, Sarah Chimerine, Charlotte Goldbaum, Jolie Katz, Sydney Kotin, Diana Lee, Michelle Lin, Ashley Lessen, Alexa Mizhiritsky, Ali Ostad, Hannah Ostad, Hunter Schore, Brooke Schwartz, Ariana Turkalj and Emily Wang.

The girls’ varsity soccer team has followed up its third consecutive Nassau County Class B championship with its second consecutive NYSPHSAA Scholar/Athlete team championship. The soccer team accomplished this feat with a 98.138 unweighted GPA. Team members are: Crystal Barroca, Kayla Barroca, Adena Bernot, Tiffany Bernot, Rebecca Besada, Joy Bestourous, Krista Chen, Alana Conroy, Lisa Di Fiore, Nicole Hetzel, Gretchen Keller, Rebecca Khorsandi, Stephanie Klar, Allison LaMonica, Jessie LoBocchiaro, Brianna O’Brien, Samantha Palazzolo, Samantha Rothstein, Sydney Silverman, Micki Wain and Hannah Woodward.

The tennis and soccer teams are the twenty-ninth and thirtieth Wheatley varsity athletic team to have received New York State Championship honors for academic excellence in the past fifteen years.


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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.

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