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.  Here are some of last school year’s Awards and Honors as an example of how our students excel.

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Debate season has begun so check out that category! And follow the latest Math awards in that category.

2019 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
The following seniors are among the 16,000 students continuing in the national competition.  Congratulations!
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

 

See below for Awards Categories.  More items added all through the year.

2019-20 Awards

Have an award to tell us about? Email WheelerCommunications@wheelerschool.org

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

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

Scholars
Alex Hojman
Juan Sanchez-Ayesta

2019-20

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

LEAGUE RECOGNITION

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

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2019-20

Celebrating Art Competition
Third-grader Kai Frechette recently received some great news about some artwork he created at Wheeler then submitted to a national art contest last spring. The piece Kai submitted was clay and he titled it “The Big Bait.” The work is a finalist in the competition by Celebrating Art, Kai’s work will be published.

2019-20

New England Math League

  • #1 in Rhode Island
  • Top 20 in New England
  • Eric Tang tied for 10th place in New England after 3 rounds

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.

2019-20

2019-20

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.

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2019-20

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.

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