Awards & Honors

Awards and honors for our students and faculty/staff can be found in the various category sections below and are added to all year long.


See below the photo gallery for Subject-Area Awards Categories.

    • 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars: Eric Tang ’21. Congrats to the 10 Wheeler seniors named among the 4,500 candidates in the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program (see list under General). Eric Tang selected as one of  625 semifinalists. Did you know…Wheeler has had a State Winner for this from 2011-15, 2017, 2019, and now 2021?

  • 8th Grader Seoyon Kim is the RI Spelling Bee Champion and will represent the state in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee this year.
  • National High School Model UN Conference:  Isaiah Suchman won an individual Award of Distinction for his role as Judge in the International Criminal Court and The Wheeler delegation won an Award of Distinction in the Research & Preparation category.  As one of the conference directors wrote: “Multiple awards of distinction is a big deal – Wheeler always impresses”
  • Wheeler Middle and Upper School chess teams have won the RI Championships for 2021.
  • 22 Wheeler students have received honors in the RI Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, including one American Visions Award (see English/Writing and Visual Arts categories)
  • Wheeler announces the 7 Semifinalists’ and 6 Commended Students’ names in the National Merit Scholarship Program (see list under General)

2020-21 Awards

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Awards of a nature that do not fit in the categories below.

US Awards

Junior Awards

Naomi Blank
Paul Chirkov
Tim Chirkov
Carl Wehbe

The Ricanne Hadrian ’78 Award

David Alexander
Erica Dabanka
Mia Shih
Tamar Weil

Community Council Award

Sophie Blackman

Claiborne Pell  Award

Isaiah Suchman

Nancy Sizer  Award

Jane Josefowicz

The Priscilla Wolff Award for Excellence in Writing

Anneke Cornelissen

The English Award

Sam Goldstein
Nathan Haronian

The Army Armstrong Math Award

Anna Clyne
Eric Tang

Edith Erlenmeyer Award

Jamey Mayer
Mira Pensa

Society of Women Engineers Award

Lila Rizvi
Will Augustyn

Elizabeth Gao ’11 Award

Luc Gaitskell
Tara Lecamwasam

Scholar Athlete Awards

Kate Keenan
Nate Fogarty

Senior Leadership Award

Taj Jensen
Talia Jellinek-Knight

Lieutenant Governor’s Award

Izzy Santana

The Spirit Giveth Life Award

Evan Harrison
Ella Rudisill

2021 US Presidential Scholars 
Eric Tang ’21 (among 161 high school seniors nationwide).

Cum Laude Society 2021

Sophia Blackman ’21
Nathan Fogarty ’21
Samuel Goldstein ’21
Ayush Gupta ’21
Jane Josefowicz ’21
Jakob Kase ’21
Darshan Mehta ’21
Giselle Virga ’21
Tahseen Younus ’21

Anna Block ’22
Elizabeth Chivers ’22
Manolo Dal Bo ’22
Ruby Goldstein ’22
Jillian Iredale ’22
Ella Levine ’22
Emma Mirrer ’22
Zeah Pivorunas ’22

RI Academic Decathlon

Top scorer in the entire competition: Eric Tang, with an amazing 9 medals,
4  of them Gold.
Andrew Song tied Eric for Gold in Math
Josh Shin got the Bronze in Math
Myles Johnson got the Bronze in Interview
Amol Rathore also competed on this year’s team.

National High School Model UN Conference 

Isaiah Suchman won an individual Award of Distinction for his role as Judge in the International Criminal Court

The Wheeler delegation won an Award of Distinction in the Research & Preparation category.

As one of the conference directors wrote: “Multiple awards of distinction is a big deal – Wheeler always impresses :)”

2021 Independent School Spelling Bee
2021 Rhode Island State Spelling Bee

Seoyon Kim, 8th grader, won both the Independent School Spelling Bee and the subsequent RI State competition and will go on to compete in the National Bee.

To get to the wider contests: After three days of competition, Seoyon Kim won the Wheeler contest by outlasting classmate Selina Kao with the word kookaburra.

Day 2 finalists
Yonas Krzystolik
Daniel Shea
Eloise Harvey
Selina Kao
Seoyon Kim

School finalists
5th graders
Yonas Krzystolik
Kush Patel
Indira Peckham
Daniel Shea
6th graders
Eloise Harvey
8th graders
Selina Kao
Jane Kennedy
Seoyon Kim

RI State Chess Champions

Upper School Championship Roster:
William Schroeder
Declan Allio
Sam Goldstein
Nathan Fogarty
Iman Khanbhai
Middle School Championship Roster:
Jacob Himelfarb
Ian Chang
Reid Wemple
Bodhi Becker
Bobby Colbert-Muetterties
Tomas Castano
Odysseas Pavlides

9 Wheeler seniors named among the 4,500 candidates in the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Declan Allio
Anna Cornelissen
Nathan Fogarty
Ayush Gupta
Nathan Haronian
Jane Josefowicz
Jamey Mayer
Katherine Noonan
Isaiah Suchman
Eric Tang

2020 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Declan Allio
Anna Cornelissen
Jane Josefowicz
Darshan Mehta
Isaiah Suchman
Eric Tang
William Xia

Commended Students
Lucien Gaitskell
Samuel Goldstein
Ayush Gupta
Nathan Haronian
Jamey Mayer
Mira Pensa

RI “I Vote” Sticker Design Contest
First Prize, Sticker will be used statewide in fall elections
Isaiah Suchman

RI Law Day Essay Contest
1st place: Declan Allio
2nd place: Lilie Young

Upper School SY19-20 Awards 

Junior Awards — honors positive contributions to classes:  through being a role model for peers in classes, being invested in learning and scholarship, through demonstrating intellectual curiosity and breadth of knowledge, and attaining significant academic achievement.

Nate Fogarty

Chiara Guglielmo

Ella Rudisill

Isaiah Suchman

The Ricanne Hadrian ’78 Award

Honoring good citizenship in the community: extending oneself here on our campus, giving attention to others, demonstrating a mature attitude, being an excellent role model for behavior, being respected by both faculty and peers.

Evan Harrison

Tara Lecamwasam

Ronnie Parrillo

Mira Pensa

Community Council Award 
Biomed Club — Mick Chivers, Yasmine Mechrefe, Hannah Singer

Claiborne Pell Award (History) 
Alex Mirrer

Nancy Sizer Award (History)
Chloe Guo

The  Priscilla Wolff Award for Excellence in Writing
Caroline Capozzi and Catherine Sawoski

The English Dept. Award
Mick Chivers

The  Army Armstrong Math Award
Kat Chaltas and Daniel Shimberg
Edith Erlenmeyer Award (Modern Languages) 
Zoe Rudolph-Larrea

Society of Women Engineers Award
Eric Tang and Jane Josefewicz

Elizabeth Gao’11” Award 
Gaurav Rathore and Ashrita Iyengar

Community Service Award 
Michael Barone

Scholar-Athlete Awards 
Jack Mancini and Jaqueline Faulise

Providence Journal Award (Athletics)
Ross Cornelissen and Allison Paik

Senior Leadership Award
Rhessa Weber Langstaff, Arvind Sridhar

First Congressional District Leadership Award for Academic Achievement, Leadership abilities, and Community service
Maddie Lee

The Spirit Giveth Life Award — The Spirit Giveth Life Award is conferred annually by the Upper School Faculty on two seniors of different genders whose actions in their lives at Wheeler exemplify the community values we hold esteem: Integrity, Compassion,  Responsibility,  Respect for Learning

Ben Thornton and Elizabeth Poku

2020 RI Storymap Competition
Isaiah Suchman has won first place and $100 in the High School Division for the 2020 RI Storymap (GIS software) competition. His storymap will be entered in the National Competition.

National Mythology Bee
Gabe Oliva-Booth (5th) and Willie Kinnicutt (4H) received medals for their scores of over 90% on the exam, 8th Grader Quinn Kennedy earned a bronze medal.

Cum Laude International Honor Society
Class of 2021

Declan Allio
Anneke Cornelissen
Lucien Gaitskill
Nathan Haronian
Iman Khanbhai
Jamey Mayer
Mira Pensa
Isaiah Suchman
Eric Tang

Class of 2020

Michael Barone
Katherine Chaltas
Chloe Guo
Sherry Huang
Richard Kang
Ella Pike
Gaurav Rathore
Zoe Rudolph-Larrea
Gabriella Streisand

Isaiah Suchman earned an Award of Excellence as “Judge Suchman” in the International Court of Justice.

National History Bee
Austin Nolan Bidwell who won last year’s Boston Regional (elementary division) won the Bridgeport regional for 2020
5th grader Gabe Oliva Booth placed 6th

School Spelling Bee Winner
Laila Muhanna, Winner
Philip Spradlin, 2nd
Selina Kao, 3rd
Kush Patel, LS High Score

2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
James Chivers (Mick)
Philip Cornelissen
Shivesh Mehrotra
Elisseos Papandonatos
Abigail Paull
Daniel Shimberg
Arvind Shridhar

United Way/Pop-Tarts Microgrant 2020
Junior Jane Josefowicz has won a $5,000 grant for her “Refugee Translation Assistance Project”

Model UN
Boston Invitational MUN
Alex Mirrer, Best Delegate Award as reporter for China Daily
Catherine Sawoski, Verbal Commendation as Food Service Director, Ad hoc Crisis Committee

2020 Nat Geo Bee
School Winner
6th Grader Philip Spradlin will advance to the State Bee in April.
7th Grader Seoyon Kim finished second.
Theo Carman
Kush Patel
Raahil Ganguly
Bobby Colbert-Muetterties
Austin Nolan Bidwell
Ty Scarcella
Cole Beattie
Anika Mehta
Sabi Gonzalez
Krish Devkota
Ella Harris
Victoria Spradlin

Brown Model UN Conference 2019
Our delegation was made up of 10 Freshmen, 3 Sophomores, 2 Juniors and for the second year running, we were able to sponsor one Classical student. Students tackled difficult and relevant topics such as refugee resettlement, the feminization of poverty, the privatization of space, rights of prisoners, and the moral and ethical complexities of human genome editing. Two veteran delegates were awarded prizes for exceptional work:
Madison McDougall was awarded a Verbal Commendation for her spirited portrayal of Jean Jacques Marat representing the Third Estate in the Estates General (1789) Joint Crisis Committee.
Isiaih Suchman was awarded a Best Delegate gavel for his work representing India in the UN Climate Change Conference (2020).

Harvey School Hall of Fame
Wheeler Science Faculty member Bob Schmidt has been inducted into the NY school’s Hall of Fame in recognition of his time as a teacher, department chair and athletics coach.

2019 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Philip Cornelissen
Delaney Foss
Chloe Guo
Elisseos Papandonatos
Arvind Shridhar
Brandon Zhang
Commended Students
Katherine Chaltas
Gabriel Insler
Shivesh Mehrotra
Alexandra Mirrer
Abigail Paull
Gavin Rardin
Daniel Shimberg

National Hispanic Recognition Program

Alex Hojman
Juan Sanchez-Ayesta


Wheeler’s Golf Team Coach Shane Drury has been honored.

“It is an honor to be recognized as the regions top PGA instructor by my peers and students- The 2020 golf season , dealing with many COVID -19 restrictions actually proved to be one of the busiest ever with more novice golfers taking lessons and all of my ladies instructional leagues and junior camps selling out to capacity – I am looking forward to the 2021 golf instruction season and coaching my Wheeler Warriors golf team and attempting to defend our Rhode Island Interscholastic High School Golf Championship…Hope vaccinations and testing gets COVID 19 under control in 2021- As we all experienced during this pandemic golf was the top recreational activity for our area and the local courses were as busy as ever,” Drury told GolfNewsRI.

Upper School Fall Sports Assembly

FALL SPORTS ASSEMBLY 2020 from Wheeler School Broadcasting 


Providence Journal 2020 All-State Awards
Girls Tennis
First Team
Anneke Cornelissen ’21, Giulana Mardo ’21 and Miranda Ye ’23
Second Team
Zeah Pivorunas ’22

US Athletics Assembly Fall 2020

Wheeler US Athletic Award Winners

Girls Cross Country 

Coaches Award – Audrey Lee

Most Improved – Amelia Lynch


Boys Cross Country

Coaches Award – Alex Michaud

Most Improved – Sylvan Schrank


Boys Soccer

Coaches Award – Aiden Pastora, Jamey Mayer

Most Improved – Toby Pike


Boys JV Soccer

Most Improved – Thomas Lynch


Girls Tennis

Coaches Award -Anneke Cornelissen

Most Improved – Giselle Virga


Field Hockey

Coaches Award – Margot Bernardo

Most Improved – Urvi Mehta


JV Field Hockey

Most Improved – Nina Gonzalez 


Girls Soccer

Coaches Award- Kate Keenan, Isabella Santana

Most Improved- Genna Steever





Winter Season Coaches Awards
Upper School


Girls Basketball — Jacqueline Faulise

Squash — Anna Alford, Ben Sapovits

Swimming — Molly Mungovan, Clark Telfeian

Boys Basketball — Jack Mancini

Indoor Track — Daniel Shimberg, Olivia Bush


Girls Basketball—Alex Mirrer

Squash — Camille Morocco, Stephan Bejger

Swimming — Leah Harrison-Lurie, Sam Block

Boys Basketball — Paul Eyo, Jake Faulise

Indoor Track — John Atanasoff, Anna Marston


Girls Basketball — Beyanca Guilme

Boys Basketball — Ben Stone, Grayson Sparr

Middle School Winter Season Awards


Girls Basketball  — Sadie Martiesian

Boys Basketball — Toby Pike

Swimming — Jackson Page


Girls Basketball  A—Nora Kiley; B—Luca Cook; C—Bridget Pearson

Boys Basketball     A—Jay Heller; B 1—Vijay Shah; B 2—Jack Beade; C—Jacob Sarkady

Swimming — Daisy Zhang and Michael Adelstein

Fall Season Coaches Awards

Boys Soccer: Taj Lessa, Ross Cornelissen
Cross Country: Nina Conklin, Nate Fogarty
Field Hockey: Olivia Bush (signed D1 Letter of Intent with Bucknell)
Girls Soccer: Jacqueline Faulise
Girls Tennis: Miranda Ye
Most Improved Award
Boys Soccer: Manolo Dal Bo’
Cross Country: Anna Marston, Noah Medina
Field Hockey: Sophie Blackman
Girls Soccer: Isabella Santana
Girls Tennis: Anna Alford
JV Most Improved Award
Boys Soccer: Will Augustyn
Field Hockey: Ella Woodward
Girls Soccer: Abby Tyrrell
Girls Tennis: Giselle Virga

Fall Middle School Coaches Award
Girls Soccer: Sadie Martiesian
Boys Soccer: Toby Pike
Field Hockey: Gabrielle Gamble Campopiano, Natalia Centofanti
Cross Country: Abby Butlin, Lucas Hurtado
Most Improved Award
Girls Soccer:Hailey Nickerson
Boys Soccer: Franklin Pizzarello (A Team), Tatsuya Bojarski (B Team), Will Munro (C Team)
Field Hockey: Nora Kiley (A Team), Emma Routhier (B Team)
Cross Country: Amelia Lynch, Yiuhon Chan, Selah Rust, Joey Macek

Heisman High School Scholarship
State Winner for Rhode Island
Philip Cornelissen

Fall Season League Awards

Girls Tennis
3rd place in RIIL Division 1 (Quarterfinal Round Playoffs)
1st Team All-State:
Anneke Cornelissen
Giuliana Mardo
Miranda Ye
1st Team All-Division:
Anneke Cornelissen
2nd Team All-Division:
Giuliana Mardo
Miranda Ye
Ada Bruno & Ellie Feldman
Team Sportsmanship Award:
Zeah Pivorunas

Boys Soccer
9th place in RIIL Division II (Preliminary Round Playoffs)
1st Team All-Division:
Travis Cobain
2nd Team All-Division:
Taj Lessa
3rd Team All-Division:
Ross Cornelissen

Girls Soccer
9th place in RIIL Division II (Quarterfinal Round Playoffs)

Field Hockey
1st place in RIIL Division II (State Finalist)
Player of the Year: Olivia Bush
1st team All-Division: Margot Bernardo, Olivia Bush, Annabella Clyne
2nd Team All-Division: Chloe Cazzani, Victoria Wassouf
Honorable Mention All-Division: Yasmine Mechrefe
All-Tournament Team: Margot Bernardo, Olivia Bush, Annabella Clyne
All-Academic Team: Olivia Bush, Maddie Lee, Yasmine Mechrefe, Molly O’Hara, Hannah Zevon

Girls Cross Country
4th place in Class C; State Qualifier


2018-19 RIIL Coach of the Year
Golf, Shane Drury, Wheeler School

2019-20 Season


At each tournament, the RI Forensics League recognizes some debaters for their outstanding performance.  Specifically, the top 25% of Novice teams and the top 25% of Varsity teams are recognized.  In addition, the top 25% of Novice debaters sorted by their individual scores and the top 25% of Varsity debaters sorted by their individual scores are also recognized.  Many times, there are ties in the scores, and so the choice of which debaters get “recognized” comes down to other tie-breaking categories, which sometimes works in the favor of debaters, and sometimes works against them. Coach Ange Strom-Weber

Mount Hope Tournament

Novice Individuals
90 novice debaters competed in this tournament, so the top 22 were recognized by the league.  From Wheeler:  15th place – Amol Rathore

We also had some high scoring individual rounds on the novice side; Amol Rathore had 27 in one of his rounds, and Sophia Blythe and Conner Olsen each earned scores of 28.  

Novice Teams
45 novice teams competed in this tournament, so the top 11 were recognized by the league. From Wheeler: 9th place – Amol Rathore & Sophia Blythe
5th place – Anna Marston & Audrey Lee

Varsity Individuals
92 varsity debaters competed in this tournament, so the top 23 were recognized by the league.  From Wheeler:
10th place – Alex Mirrer
9th place – Arvind Sridhar
2nd place – Eric Tang
1st place – Declan Allio

We had some very impressive high scores on the varsity team today.  Charlie Ragona and Gaurav Rathore each had a high score of 27.  Noah Medina, Arvind Sridhar and Anna Block each earned a high score of 28.   Declan Allio and Alex Mirrer each earned a high score of 29.  And Eric Tang pulled off the very rare perfect 30 in one of his rounds.  

Varsity Teams
46 varsity teams competed in this tournament, so the top 11 were recognized by the league.  From Wheeler:  7th place – Eric Tang & Noah Medina
5th place – Charlie Ragona & Arvind Sridhar
2nd place – Naomi Blank & Declan Allio


Heels Into The Soil, anthology
7th grader Lara Miller has a work titled “Identity of a Daughter” published in an anthology of works about social and racial justice published by the International Women’s Writing Guild. The book will be distributed to Boston Public Schools and for sale at the Smithsonian in DC, Museum of African American History and on Amazon. All proceeds to benefit writing programs for girls of color.

PEN America

Upper School English faculty member Emma Ramadan won PEN America’s 2021 Translation Prize for her work with Abdellah Taia’s A Country for Dying: A Novel!

Write Rhode Island Short Fiction Competition
Claire Hagerty’s short story “7-Eleven” was named a notable story in this year’s Write Rhode Island Short Fiction Competition.

Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest, Hollins University
Samantha Flum, Honorable Mention (one of 89 selected from 965 entries)

Scholastic Writing Awards
Please join the English department in congratulating the following students for this year’s honors in the Scholastic Writing Awards:

Nick Avalos  — Honorable Mention — Flash Fiction — “Solar Wind”

Nick Avalos  — Honorable Mention — Personal Essay & Memoir — “Dust”

Nick Avalos  — Honorable Mention — Short Story — “Baba Yaga”

Nick Avalos  — Honorable Mention — Short Story — “El Viejo”

Naomi Blank — Silver Key — Short Story — “Mary Jane”

Anneke Cornelissen– Silver Key — Personal Essay & Memoir — “Blues”

Nathan Fogarty — Honorable Mention — Personal Essay & Memoir — “Ten Twenty”

Chantel Kardous — Honorable Mention — Poetry — “A Simple Complication”

Chantel Kardous — Honorable Mention — Poetry — “Grape Leaves”

Chantel Kardous — Honorable Mention — Short Story — “Fish & Match”

Laila Muhanna — Honorable Mention — Personal Essay & Memoir — “Playing with Colors”

Arden Pryor — Silver Key — Personal Essay & Memoir — “More Than Fear”

Avery Pryor — Honorable Mention — Personal Essay & Memoir — “Food can be a Culture”

Madison McDougall — Silver Key — Poetry — “Dear the Silencers from My Childhood”

Special interdivisional congratulations to our colleague in the middle school:

Seoyon Kim — Honorable Mention — Flash Fiction — “Honey”



Hollins University, Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest
Honorable Mention, Chantel Kardous

New England Young Writers’ Conference
Sally Beckett ’21 and Jillian Iredale ’22 were accepted into the 2020 New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf.

2019-20 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Declan Allio ‘21 — Gold Key — Critical Essay — “Review of American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassins”

Nicholas Avalos ‘21 — Gold Key — Flash Fiction — “Darkwood”

Nicholas Avalos ‘21 — Silver Key — Personal Essay & Memoir — “The Art of Performing”

Anneke Cornelissen ‘21 — Gold Key — Poetry — “Enough”

Anna Cornelissen ‘21 —  Gold Key — American Voices Nominee/Personal Essay & Memoir — “Peace Without Pretense” (one of only 5 students in this region nominated)

Sam Goldstein ‘21 — Gold Key — Dramatic Script — “An Unhappy Medium”

Jillian Iredale ‘22 — Gold Key — Science Fiction & Fantasy — “The Blue Hour”

Judy Liu ‘22 — Honorable Mention — Poetry — “Dragonfly”

Madison McDougall ‘21 –Gold Key — Poetry — “Ideal Memories are 3D”

Darshan Mehta ‘21 — Gold Key — Short Story — “Lemon Man”

Catherine Sawoski ‘20 — Gold Key — Poetry  — “Impressionism”

2021 History Bee
The following students have qualified for the Regional Bee:

Middle School:

Lower School:


2020 History Bee

Postponed last spring due to the pandemic, the National History Bee held its Boston Regional make-up event and 7th grader Philip Spradlin qualified for the Nationals.


National Latin Exam

Level 1: Gold (Summa Cum Laude)
Alden Beals ’25
Kelly Young ’24

Level 2: Silver (Maxima Cum Laude)
Alejandro Rivera ’23

Level 4: Magna Cum Laude
Ayoung Lee ’21
Lillie Young ’21

Level 5: Magna Cum Laude
Jane Josefowicz ’21

American Association of Teachers of Italian
2021 National Italian Exam
Bronze Awards
Jacob Faulise, also 2nd in RI
Camille Morocco

Olympiada of Spoken Russian

Gold Medal
Nathan Haronian ’21


National Latin Exam Awards

Latin I
Silver Maxima Cum Laude
Alejandro Rivera

Latin II
Cum Laude
Tamar Weil

Latin III
Gold Summa Cum Laude
Lilie Young
Magna Cum Laude
Ben Sapovits

Latin IV
Gold Summa Cum Laude
Jane Josefowicz
Cum Laude
Alexandra Mirrer


New England Math League 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Contest: April 2021

Wheeler 6th grade – 6th in New England
Wheeler 7th grade – 4th in New England
Wheeler 8th grade – 3rd in New England 

Top Ranking Students
(alphabetical order)

Tessa Adams ’25
William Bruno ’25
Willie Chivers ’25
Griffin Haisman ’25
Seoyon Kim ’25
Philip Spradlin ’26
Nathan Woo ’27
Evelyn Zhang ’25

RI MathCounts
William Bruno, Grade 8, was one of the top 4 scorers in this year’s RI MathCounts Tournament and thus becomes a member of the State Team for the National Championships. This accomplishment is William’s amazing 3rd time representing RI for the Nationals!

The American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME)

3 Wheeler students have qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME)

Neil Panth ’22
Andrew Song ’24
Eric Tang ’21

New England Math League / April

Wheeler is first in RI, Top 10 in NEW ENGLAND!

New England Math League/ February Report

Wheeler is the top-ranked Rhode Island school and 7th in the region as of the January Score Report.

January Report

Perfect Score:
Noah Medina

High Scoring Students:
Andrew Song
Eric Tang


The Mathematical Association of America

AMC 8 test results from November.

Kudos to Wheeler’s students for doing so well!
1st: Seoyon K 8th Top 5% in the nation
2nd: William B 8th Top 5% in the nation
3rd: Philip S 7th
4th: Robert O 8th
5th: Nathan W 6th
6th: Luyeo L 7th
7th: Griff H 8th


Math Olympiads

Fourth/Fifth Graders:
1. Daniel Shea top 2% nationally
2. Nathan Woo top 10%
3. Theo Carman top 10%
4. tie, Austin Nolan Bidwell & Ty Scarcella, top 20%
5. Samantha Mocco, top 20%
6. Lia Serre Tovar, top 30%

Sixth Graders:
1. tie, Chi Chi Manami & Lucas Murphy & Philip Spradlin top 10%
2. tie, George Karonis & Luyao Lei top 10%
3. Will Warner top 20%
4. Lila Stone top 20%

RI Math League 2020
Gr 9-12 results

High School Contest 2019-20
Students from schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont participated.  In Rhode Island, Wheeler outpaced the nearest school by 10 points, scoring 151 cumulative points this season.  Wheeler students who earned a perfect score at least once during the season were:
Noah Medina ’22
Neil Panth ’22
Daniel Shimberg ’20
Isaiah Suchman ’21
Eric Tang ’21
Tahseen Younus ’21

RI Math League
Official 2020 Gr 6-8 results

GRADE 6: 11th in New England, Philip Spradlin 14th
At Wheeler:
1- Philip Spradlin
2-George Karonis, David Schneider
3-Charlie Woodcome, Lara Miller

GRADE 7: 8th in New England, William Bruno 2nd
At Wheeler:
1-William Bruno
2-Reid Purdy
3- Seoyon Kim
4-Willie Chivers, Nate Flum, George Tang

GRADE 8: 14th in New England, Josh Shin 23rd
At Wheeler:
1-Josh Shin
2-Annie Xia
3-Tyler Wang
4-Victoria Spradlin

New England Math League

  • #1 in Rhode Island
  • In Rhode Island, Wheeler outpaced the nearest school by 10 points, scoring 151 cumulative points this season.
  • Wheeler students who earned a perfect score at least once during the season were:Noah Medina ’22
    Neil Panth ’22
    Daniel Shimberg ’20
    Isaiah Suchman ’21
    Eric Tang ’21
    Tahseen Younus ’21

Rhode Island Math League

After two meets, Wheeler’s team has a 16-point lead on its nearest opponent.  Of the 606 students competing, Wheeler has 6 in the top 12 scorers.

Cumulative high scorers to date:
Eric Tang, tied for 1st at 36
Neil Panth, 35
Harry Feng, 32
Ayush Gupta, 32
Daniel Shimberg, 31

The season has opened with Wheeler’s A Team taking a 14-point lead over its nearest opponent. Wheeler’s B Team, mostly 9th graders, also took first at the opening match.

Wheeler had three mathletes in the top 8: Victoria Spradlin, William Bruno, and Josh Shin. Two of them (Josh 2nd overall and William 3rd overall) will comprise 50% of the Rhode Island team which will travel to the National Math Counts competition in April.

Mathematics Competition
Congrats to our Gr. 6, 7 and 8 honorees.
Andrew Song, Gr. 8, School Winner, Honor Roll of Distinction, top 1% nationally
Josh Shin, Gr. 8, Gold
Philip Spradlin, Gr. 6, Tyler Wang, Gr. 8, William Bruno, Gr. 7 and Kelly Young, Gr. 8 all tied for Silver
Victoria Spradlin, Gr. 8 and Seoyon Kim, Gr. 7, tied for Bronze


RI Education Music All-State Festival –

All-State Senior Division, Vocal:
Aila Bojarski ’23 – #20 alto
Leenah Gibbs ’23 – #14 alto
Claire Hagerty ’23 – #31 soprano
Audrey Lee ’23 – #17 alto
Miranda Ye ’23 – #4 alto

All-State Junior Division, Vocal:
Emma Bissonnette ’24 – #4 soprano
Alex Mincone ’24 – #1 bass
Laila Muhanna ’24 – #2 soprano
Andrew Song ’24 – #2 bass

All-State Senior Division, Strings:
Mia Shalansky ’22 – #10 viola

All-State Junior Division, Strings:
Caroline Caiati ’24 – #11 violin
Sonia Pensa ’25 – #4 cello
Joshua Shin ’24 – #4 violin
Andrew Song ’24 – #3 cello
Kelly Young ’24 – #1 violin

All-State Senior Division, Winds:
Spencer Krex ’22 – #2 bassoon

All-State Junior Division, Winds:
Pip Ryan ’25 – #1 bassoon
Seoyon Kim ’25 – #6 flute

All-State Senior Division, Trumpet:
Noah Allen ’23 – #1 Jazz trumpet

All-State Senior Division, Guitar:
Mateo Smith ’23 – #4 Classical guitar

All-State Junior Division, Percussion:
Henry Krex ’24 – #1 Jazz drums


International High School A Cappella Competition
Quarterfinal Best Soloist Award
Ben Thornton ’20

All-State Music Educator’s Awards
Wheeler is very proud of its musicians who ranked so highly among large public and other private schools. Bravo!

All-State Senior Division, Choral:
Henry Stanton #1 bass
Ben Thornton #2 bass
Maddie Lee #4 alto
Sally Beckett #26 soprano
Iris Cephas #30 alto

All-State Junior Division, Choral:
Audrey Lee #1 alto
Miranda Ye #7 alto
Claire Hagerty #22 soprano
Leenah Gibbs #23 alto

Senior Orchestra
Richard Kang #2, Strings – 1st Violin
Mia Shalansky #8, Strings-Viola
Henry Stanton #2, Jazz Piano
William Xia #12, Strings – 1st Violin
Lilie Young #5, Strings-2nd Violin

Junior Orchestra
Josh Shin #4 overall violin
Kelly Young #1 overall violin


Haunted Harmonies, Salem, MA

Haunted Harmonies is a one day A Cappella Festival in Salem, Massachusetts open by application to vocal groups of all ages, regions, level, and genres. The festival includes a competition and evening concert, masterclasses led by a cappella professionals, and the opportunity to busk in the crowded streets of Salem during the month of October.

This year, the 18Wheelers were honored to be selected to participate in this fun-filled event. Henry Stanton ’20 and Ben Thornton ’20 picked up the Vocal Chemistry award with their rendition of “Perfect World” by Allen Stone.



Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership
Summer program scholarship
David Alexander

Science Olympiad 

Wheeler placed 1st in Anatomy and Physiology and 2nd in Dynamic Planet.

Our team:
Sanjana Maddipudi ’24
Amol Rathore ’23
Kelly Young ’24

 Upper School Robotics FTC State Finals
//Results// 1st place Connect Award, 2nd place Collins Aerospace Award, 2nd place Think Award, 3rd place Inspire Award


FTC FIRST Dean’s List
Lucien Gaitskell

Upper School Robotics, Qualifier for State Championships

// Results // 14th place robot challenge score 2nd place motivation award 2nd place Collins aerospace innovation award 3rd place Think award

National Envirothon 2019
As the Rhode Island State Champion, Wheeler’s team placed in the Top 20 (#19 out of 53 teams) at the national competition in North Carolina this summer.


RI Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in Visual Arts

Emily Alford, Silver Key, Painting

Margot Bernardo, Gold Key, Glass

Annabella Clyne, Honorable Mention, Glass

Ruby Goldstein, Honorable Mention, Illustration

Wren Hager, Honorable Mention, Painting

Isabelle Jenkins, Silver Key, Illustration

Caitlynna Jian, Honorable Mention, Illustration

  • Benjamin Lambrecht:
    3 Honorable Mentions, Photography
    4 Silver Keys, Photography

Yifei Liu, Silver Key, Illustration

Zeah Pivorunas, Honorable Mention, Fashion

  • Gavin Steever:
    American Visions Award, Drawing & Illustration
    Honorable Mention, Mixed Media

Eric Tang, 2 Honorable Mentions, Photography

Giselle Virga, Silver Key, Glass


 RI Scholastic Art Awards in Visual Arts
Congrats to these students! See examples of their artwork here.

Ada Bruno, Silver Key, Painting
Olivia Bush, Honorable Mention, Ceramics & Glass
Caroline Esposito, Silver Key, Art Portfolio
Delaney Foss, Gold Key, Art Portfolio
Chloe Guo, Silver Key, Art Portfolio
Chloe Guo, Gold Key, American Visions Nominee
Chloe Guo, Honorable Mention, Mixed Media
Caitlynna Jian, Silver Key, Drawing & Illustration
Caitlynna Jian, Silver Key, Painting
Sarah Lee, Honorable Mention, Painting
Yifei Liu, Honorable Mention, Mixed Media
Lucy Miller, Honorable Mention, Design
Ella Rudisill, Honorable Mention, Mixed Media
Gavin Steever, Silver Key, Drawing & Illustration
Gavin Steever, Honorable Mention, Drawing & Illustration
Genevieve Steever, Silver Key, Drawing & Illustration
Genevieve Steever, Silver Key, Painting
Genevieve Steever, Honorable Mention, Drawing & Illustration
Eric Tang, Honorable Mention, Ceramics & Glass