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A Day That Will Go Down In History

By Mark Harris, Director of Aerie
The Aerie Approach is Wheeler's unique way of being a school that adapts to your child's natural strengths and interests. It is the way Wheeler provides a rich environment for identifying and developing individual student interests and talents and can mean developing a pocket translator, writing a novel while in Middle School, or taking a trip into the past. 

On Saturday, April 6th, at 6:45 AM, the caravan set off. . .
Twenty-two intrepid Lower and Middle Schoolers began a journey into the past, or, more specifically, a trek to the Boston Regional Finals of the National History Bee. The long drive up to Reading, MA featured nine students in the minibus, the rest riding with parents. In many cases, entire families made the trip. It was worthwhile. Every qualifier (from the January online competition) spent three intense rounds in a quiz bowl-style format, buzzers clutched, thumbs twitching, as each vied to answer as many questions as possible out of 25 or 30 read by the moderator in each round. Each round featured ten kids from schools throughout the New England Region. Subjects ranged from Hammurabi to William Henry Harrison, from the Battle of Hastings to the Tet Offensive. Win or lose, everyone had fun. Several used the "off period" to take a geography exam.
 
Seven hours later, awards were announced. Middle Schoolers Conner Olsen, Ella Harris, and Seoyon Kim qualified for the Nationals to be held in Chicago in June. Conner and Seoyon also qualified for the Geography event to be held at the same venue, as did Amol Rathore. Daniel Rogers missed qualifying by one question but performed nobly throughout.
 
The Lower School results were quite dramatic. Ethan Stites and Sabi Gonzalez qualified for Nationals, and if that wasn't exciting enough, the event's ten top scorers were asked to participate in a final round for medals. Five of those top ten were Wheeler kids: Austin Nolan-Bidwell (who'd finished 2nd last year) David Schneider, Billie Kennedy, Maizie Rampino, and Luis Dal Bo. When the dust settled, Austin had won the event by being the first finalist to reach 6 correct answers. The rest of the Wheeler contingent is listed below. What a brain trust!
 
Elliott Wildman
Bhargav Shah 
Bridget Pearson
Sophia Mocco
Charlie Dal Bo
Anika Mehta
Jack Himmelfarb
George Karonis
Robin Linden
Emilio Wu
 
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The Wheeler School is an independent coeducational college preparatory day school for Nursery, Pre-K, K-Grade 12 serving Providence, RI, Greater Providence and Greater Boston. The Hamilton School welcomes Grades 1-8 with language-based learning differences.