Congratulations to the following Wheeler students who were selected to participate in the Governor's Honor Program.
More than 3,000 students from across the state, representing 1% of all sophomores and juniors in public, private, and home schools were nominated last fall by their schools in twenty separate majors. These nominees attended state-level interviews in January and February where panels of judges and interviewers applied the program's selection criteria to select 690 finalists. Students qualified in core academics, fine arts, and career/technology education. For four weeks during the summer, this select group of students will participate in a challenging and enriching educational experience on the Valdosta State University campus, in Valdosta, Georgia.
Mirna Nath, Biology
Marianne Danneman, Communicative Arts
Adam Piendel, Design
Grace Maloney, Latin
Karan Achtani, Math
Alissa Ji, Math
Kyle Varnedoe, Math
Sophia Freaney, Music
Kyoo Kim, Music
Kyoung Kim, Music
Richard Udall, Physics
Naim Vasay, Technology
Congratulations to Suneet Mishra, '14, and Anirudh Udutha '14, who have been awarded 2014 Cobb Schools Foundation Scholarships. The Cobb Schools Foundation recognizes and rewards outstanding students in Cobb County high schools.
Congratulations to Karan Achtani,'16, who placed first in the annual Georgia Tech AP Computer Science Bowl. This year over 164 students participated from 22 different schools. The competition involves the students answering 40 AP level questions.
Congratulations to Anirudh Udutha, '14, for being awarded the Margie Hatfield Scholarship. The scholarship, established in 1990, is named in honor of Mrs. Hatfield who served tirelessly as the ECCC PTA President and remains an active member of the Cobb community.
Congratulations to Emily Maloney, '14, who has been offered a Foundation Fellowship at UGA.
Congratulations to Maxwell Sandberg, '14, for winning first place in the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra's (GYSO) Concerto Competition. He'll be performing the Schumann Piano Concerto, 1st Movement, on May 11, 2014. The GYSO concerto competition is open to all 400 GYSO regional musicians. Max also plays cello with the Wheeler orchestra and GYSO, and plans to major in piano performance and mathematics.
Congratulations to Kevin Sholl,'15, for receiving a 36 Composite score on the ACT! Among ACT-tested US high school graduates in the class of 2013, only 1,162 out of more than 1.79 million students (.06%) earned a Composite score of 36.
Congratulations to Aish Rameshkumar,'14, who was awarded the President's Scholarship at Georgia Tech. The President's Scholarship is Georgia Tech's most prestigious merit award and is offered annually to about 50 incredible high-school seniors who have demonstrated superb leadership skills, are among the top few in their class in academic performance, and show promise of continuing such performance.
Congratulations to our STAR Students, Anirudh Udutha and Linda Zhou. Their STAR Teachers are Mr. Sergio Corvalan and Dr. Jimmy Carter respectively.
Click here to see the TEDx Talk that TEAM Shift gave recently at the TEDx Youth@the Beltline event. The team members shared their 5 year journey in F1 in Schools, an engineering competition where teams design, analyze, make, test, and race model formula one cars.
Congratulations to Martin Cheung, '15, who is a member of the 2014 Junior Achievement Fellows. His team, "Ruff It Up", sold quality handmade dog toys, had a return on investment of 852%, and donated 10% of proceeds to the Fulton County Animal Services. They won first place at the state competition and earned the title of JA Company of the Year in Georgia. They also won Best Video Award and Innovation Award.
Wheeler Shines Again!
The Georgia Department of Education announced the 2013-2014 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools,
recognizing schools that have increased access to rigorous AP coursework. This year, Wheeler was recognized in two categories, based on the results of last year's AP exams.Those categories are:
2014 AP STEM SCHOOLS
Schools with students testing in at least two (2) AP math courses and two (2) AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science)
2014 AP STEM ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOLS
Schools with students testing in at least 2 AP math courses and 2 AP science courses and at least 40% of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of three (3) or higher
Thanks and congratulations go to our AP Coordinator, students, and teachers for their dedication and success.
On February 4, 54 students participated in the American Mathematics Competition, a 75-minute, 25-question multiple choice test sponsored by the Mathematics Association of America. Junior, Michael Li and Seniors Sina Monfared, Kevin Sholl, and Anirudh Udutha were Wheeler's top scorers for the AMC 12A and sophomores Karan Achtani, Alissa Ji, Paul Miloro, and Richard Udall were the top scorers for the AMC 10A.
Michael Li and Sina Monfared posted AMC 12-A scores that exceeded 93.0 which qualified them to move on to the next level of competition, the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME) which will be given at Wheeler on Thursday, March 13.
Wheeler High School's two Science Olympiad teams competed in the regional competition at Georgia Perimeter College on Saturday, Feb. 22. They had a great time and showed so much excitement about science! The Wheeler Gold team came in 8th place overall. Wheeler Gold won 2nd place in Compound Machines and 4th place Dynamic Planet. Wheeler Blue won 4th place in Scrambler. Medal Winners were Wenhan Fan (2), Robert Taylor, Tori Kraj, Abigail Kimber, Jesse Gutierrez, Angela Su & Makda Mulugeta
Camille Mapua is one of 27 students in the entire state that is a 6 year All State chorus member. She also received one of the two scholarships given by the recording company for GMEA. It is a highly prestigious scholarship whose recipient is selected by the state choral GMEA leaders.
Magnet Honors Night was held on February 24. We celebrated the accomplishments of students who earned the Highest Average and Class Award for Magnet & Technology classes that were taken last semester. Our 22 National Merit Finalists were also honored. View the recipients
The CircuitRunners Robotics Team had a busy weekend hosting a regional qualifier for the First Tech Challenge Robotics Competition. There were hundreds of students from multiple teams from all over the state of Georgia who came to compete. Wheeler's qualifier was the largest qualifier in the state of Georgia! The event went off without a hitch, and the students and sponsors all did an incredible job making this experience a memorable one for all of the teams competing.
Congratulations to Wheeler's Science Bowl Team, Anirudh Udutha, Ildemaro Gonzalez, Taylor Gardner, and Paul Miloro, who placed 3rd in the Sub-Regional Science Bowl last weekend. They have been invited to participate in the State Science Bowl on Feb. 22.
Congratulations to Sneha Divan '17, who was featured in the Suwanee Magazine for her efforts in organizing a 5K Walk and Heath Seminar to raise awareness of healthier lifestyles in the Asian Indian community.
Congratulations to Anirudh Udutha '14 who was selected as a 2014-2015 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship program recipient.
Congratulations to our new Club 36 members: Stephen Johnston,'15, scored a 36 on both the Reading and Science sections of the ACT, Camille Mapua,'14, scored a 36 on both the Math and Reading sections, and Aishwarya Rameshkumar,'14, scored a 36 on the Math section.
Three Magnet juniors, Anna Awald, Kelly Fitzgerald and Claire McCoy, from Team Shift, the 2012 US National Champions for the F1 in Schools program were selected to speak at this year's TEDx Youth event. TEDx is an annual event modeled after TED conferences, which bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to share "Ideas Worth Spreading". TEDx's vision is to: inspire curiosity, ignite new ideas and empower young leaders. Coinciding with Universal Children's Day, there were over 100 TEDx Youth Day events in 50 countries this past week! Anna, Kelly and Claire were honored to be one of 10 speakers chosen for the Atlanta TEDx. Their theme was "Inspiring People to Follow Their Passion".
Congratulations to Wheeler's Robotics Team, The CircuitRunners! Our Team won the highest award given at FTC competitions – the Inspire Award, at the 2013-2014 Robotic Explorers Qualifying Tournament. The Inspire Award is given to FTC Teams seen as role models who excel not only in the STEM field but also in their inspiring efforts to spread their enjoyment of STEM to the community. This award qualifies the team for the State Championship for the 4th year in a row. The CircuitRunners also won 2nd Place in the Robot Competition at the Tournament.
Congratulations to our newest 800 Club members! Martin Cheung,'15, scored an 800 in Critical Reading, Tim Gregg,'14, scored an 800 in Math, and Jason Peng,'14, scored an 800 in Math.
Congratulations to Jason Boone '14 and Ryan Peck '15 who represented Wheeler at the GHSA state cross country championship this past weekend in Carrollton. They earned their spots at the Region 5-AAAAAA meet Saturday, November 2, where Ryan placed 4th and Jason, 5th. Good luck to both in Carrollton.
Congratulations to Wheeler debaters Richard Udall '16 and Akilan Narayanaswamy '16 for their 4th Place JV finish at the recent Houston County Debate tournament! Kudos to Richard who was also named 2nd Place JV Speaker.
What an amazing job all our Wheeler Debaters did at the Sequoyah High Tournament on November 9! Congratulations to:
Erin Kreus '15 and Alissa Ji '16 as Co-champions earning a State Varsity Tournament invitation as well as 2nd and 6th place Varsity Speaker Awards, respectively; Richard Udall '16 and Jonathan Paul '17 for their 5th Place JV Team award as well as 4th and 8th place JV Speaker Awards, respectively; Grace Maloney '16 for her 6th place JV Speaker Award; Laura Zhang '17 and Jash Padhiar '16 for their 5th place Novice Team Award: Sophia Freaney '16 for being awarded 6th place Novice Team and 8th place Novice Speaker; Mihir Bellamkonda '17 and Shreya Krishnan '17 for their 7th place Novice Team Award; Sophia Azhar '17 and Meghana Sridhar '17 for their 10th Place Novice Team Award as well as 7th and 9th place Novice Speakers, respectively.
New AP Final Exam Policy
If students register and pay for the AP exam on or before December 1 (for fall AP Courses), or if students take the AP exam before spring final exams (for Spring AP Courses), the teachers may administer an "alternative" final exam to those students.
This alternative final exam may be turned in any time prior to or on the day of the final exam.
The max grade on this alternative final exam must be no greater than the student's current grade.
Students must have a minimum grade of 80 to qualify for the alternative final exam. Students may choose to take the traditional final exam if they are trying to raise their final average in the course. See more info
Congratulations to the newest members of Club 36: Patricia Ray, '15, scored a 36 in English, June Ding,'14, scored a 36 in English & Science, Young Ye,'14, scored a 36 in English, and Matthew Zacune scored a 36 in Science.
Congratulations to the Wheeler Science Bowl Team for their Quarterfinal finish at the Walton Invitational Science Competition (WISC) on October 19, 2013. The Wheeler team is sponsored by Dr. Stark and Mr. Nelson and was represented by Anirudh Udutha '14, Philip Kaltman '14, Chelsea Chen ' 16, Sidhant Bhatia '17, and John Hillock '17.
Congratulations to Wheeler JV Debaters, Alec Agee '16 and Stephen Pokowitz '16, for their 3rd place finish at the Alpharetta High School Debate Tournament this past weekend.
Congratulations to Emily Maloney '14 and Patricia Ray, '14, who created an app called Play It By Ear, through their Senior Internship and Research relationship, that was just accepted by Apple and released in the App Store. The App is designed to increase awareness of hearing impairments by allowing you to speak into it and then hear how your speech would sound to someone with a hearing impairment. Please download it, try it out, rate it, and comment on it!
Congratulations to, Maia Nichols,'14, the newest member of Club 36. Maia scored a 36 on the reading & science sections of the ACT.
Congratulations to Riannon Colton, '14, for her successful completion of WISH 2012-2013 (Women in Stem High School Aerospace Scholars) at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). WISH is an interactive, on-line learning experience culminated by a 6-day hands-on experience at JSC where selected students work under the guidance of NASA scientists, engineers and certified teachers to develop an engineering design challenge.
Congratulations to James Farley, '14, the newest member of Club 36. James scored a 36 on the science and math sections of the ACT.
Congratulations to our National Merit Award Recipients!
National Merit Semifinalists
William Andrews, June Ding, Ildemaro Gonzalez, Timothy Gregg, Kurt Klinkmueller, Emily Maloney, Suneet Mishra, Sina Monfared, Alex Nussey, Yuanhan Pan, Jason Peng, Lydia Piendel, Patricia Ray, Priscilla Ryan, Nathan Su, Robert Taylor, Sarah Tran, Lydia Turnage, Anirudh Udutha,Young Ye, and Linda Zhou.
National Merit Commended
Joseph Farleo, Barbara Fichtner, Taylor Gardner, Akhil Gupta, David Herszenhaut, Grant Holton, Pawan Jada, Philip Kaltman, Wesley Kao, Joshua Kim, Camille Mapua, Rohan Mondal, Emily Moore, Maia Nichols, Miya Oliver, Neel Patil, Trisha Ramakrishnan, Aish Rameshkumar, David Riazati, Ibrahim Saberi, Maxwell Sandberg, Rachel Schwartz, Emil Thomas, and Joshua Valdez
National Achievement Semifinalists
Brandon Redmond, Jordan Riviere, Catherine Squirewell, Robert Taylor, and Emil Thomas
National Achievement Commended
Sarah Lamothe and Javon Williams
Congratulations to Stephen Pokowitz '16 and Akilan Naranayaswamy '16 for finishing as semi-finalists in the JV Policy Debate Division and to Alissa Ji '16 for being awarded 7th place individual JV speaker.
Congratulations to Alissa Ji, '16 and Grace Maloney, '16 for their 5th place finish at Roswell High School's Debate Tournament in the JV Policy Division. In addition, they were 3rd and 6th place JV Individual Speakers, respectively. Kudos to Sarah Azhar, '17 and for finishing as 11th Individual Speaker in the Novice Policy Division.
Circuit Runners Robotics Team Named STEM Award Finalist
Congratulations to the Wheeler Circuit Runners Robotics Team for being chosen by the Selection Committee of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) as a finalist for the 2013 STEM Education Awards in the Extracurricular Program category. Winners will be announced at the 2013 STEM Education Awards Gala September 27th at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.
Wheeler High Tops ACT Scores
Ranking of the 2013 ACT Scores for CCSD High Schools places Wheeler as 3rd highest in the county with an average score of 24.6.
Wheeler Policy Debate Team
Congratulations to the Wheeler Policy Debate Team for winning arguments at the Emory Barkley Forum Novice and JV Tournament this past weekend! Grace Maloney '16 was awarded 1st Place JV Speaker Award and 4th Place JV Team Award with her debate partner, Alissa Ji '16. Alissa was also 11th Place JV Speaker. Novice Debaters Jash Padhiar '16, Emily Johnson '16 and Sophia Freaney '16 were recognized as 10th, 14th, and 27th Individual Speakers respectively at the tournament.
Cutting Edge Technology available at Wheeler with 3D Printer Donations
Thanks to the generosity of one of our Magnet families, our students will be able to experiment and create new products using 3D Printing (stereo-lithography) technology. The printers use micro-thin layers of material to create solid three-dimensional objects. The two 3D printers will initially be used by our Magnet Physics and Magnet Foundations teachers.
Congratulations to Ammu Kumar, '16 who was chosen to serve on the 21st Century Leaders Youth Leadership Council.
Congratulations to Linda Zhou,'14, Aishwarya Rameshkumar,'14, & Yuanhan Pan,'14, our newest 800 Club members!. Yuanhan scored an 800 in the Math section of the SAT, Aishwarya scored an 800 in the Writing section and Linda scored an 800 in the Critical Reading & Writing sections.
Congratulations to the newest member of our 800 Club, Joshua Valdez, '14. Joshua scored an 800 on the Math section of the SAT.
Congratulations to Martin Cheung, '15, who was recently selected as a member of Cobb Youth Leadership Class of 2013-14.
Congratulations to Diane Portwood, '14, whose team at the North American Junior Young Rider Championships (the Junior Olympics) won gold.
Congratulations to the Wheeler Magnet Class of 2013 who will be moving on to MIT, Harvard, Dartmouth, Georgia Tech (28), UGA (30), UNC Chapel Hill, US Air Force Academy, Univ of Virginia, Duke (2), Tufts Univ, Washington Univ. in St. Louis, Penn State, Emory, UC Berkeley, Lafayette College, Univ of Maryland, Auburn, Augusta State Univ., Valdosta State Univ., Florida State Univ., Univ of South Carolina (3), Univ of Southern California, California Polytechnic San-Luis Obispo, GA State, Clemson, San Diego Univ, Univ of Alabama, Univ of Michigan, SPSU, Mercer Univ, Berry College, KSU, Case Western Univ., Univ of Mississippi, and Lipscomb Univ.
Congratulations to the following Juniors who have joined the 800 Club by scoring an 800 on one or more sections of the SAT: June Ding (Math), Suneet Mishra (Reading), Miya Oliver (Writing), Nathaniel Parr (Writing), and Sarah Tran (Writing).
Congratulations to Paul Miloro, '16, the newest member of Club 36! Paul scored a 36 on the reading section of the ACT.
Congratulations to Kurt Klinkmueller, '14, for receiving a 36 Composite score on the ACT! Kurt scored a 36 on the Reading, Math, and Science sections as well as the overall composite. Among ACT-tested US high school graduates in the class of 2012, only 781 out of more than 1.66 million students earned a Composite score of 36.
Congratulations to our newest Club 36 member, Martin Cheung, '15. Martin scored a 36 on the Reading section of the ACT.
Congratulations to the Wheeler Academic Bowl Team for their 5th place finish among Georgia teams and 75th place worldwide out of 496 teams at the Spring 2013 Knowledge Master Open Competition on Wednesday, April 24. The results are available at this Link
Congratulations to our newest 800 Club member, Alex Nussey, '14. Alex scored an 800 on the Math section of the SAT.
Congratulations to Juniors Sina Monfared, Ilde Gonzalez & Vikram Shingane for their entry into Club 36. Sina scored a 36 on the Math and Science sections of the ACT, Ilde scored a 36 on the English and Reading sections and Vikram scored a 36 on the Math section.
Congratulations to Michael Li, Ian McAulay, Sina Monfared and Anirudh Udutha who represented Wheeler at the GA State Mathematics Tournament on Saturday, April 27 in Macon. The team placed 2nd in the AAAAAA category and 5th overall in the state. In addition, Michael Li, Sina Monfared and Anirudh Udutha were selected to be part of the GA ARML (American Regions Mathematics League) team that will compete at UGA in June against teams from across the country.
Congratulations to Anirudh Udutha and Sina Monfared who were among the 34 highest scoring students in Georgia at the 2012 - 2013 Kennesaw State University Mathematics Competition earlier this year. Anirudh and Sina were recognized at a ceremony on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Kennesaw State University. 1,749 students from 124 schools in 52 counties from Georgia and one school from South Carolina participated in this rigorous two part competition.
Congratulations to the entire Wheeler Math team for their performances throughout the year at the three Cobb County Competitions. The Varsity team came in 2nd overall with Anirudh Udutha placing 3rd, Ian McAulay 5th and Michael Li 7th in the individual competition. The JV team came 3rd overall with Alissa Ji placing 4th, Karen Wu 6th, Karan Achtani 7th, Richard Udall 9th and Jerry Yao 10th in the individual competition.
Congratulations to Sabrena Rutledge, '15, who has been selected to participate in the UGA Young Scholars Internship Program. She will be one of 22 summer research interns working with UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences researchers on a science project.
Our Magnet Counselor, Ms. Moudgal is going on a Counselor Tour of some of the schools in the University of California (UC) system. Her journey begins on April 18. Follow her blog at http://www.magnetcounseling.blogspot.com.
Congratulations to Mina Ezikpe, Nicholas Ngare, & Haley Booker-Lauridson for being named National Achievement Scholarship winners. They are 3 out of the 6 Cobb County winners.
Governor Nathan Deal signed a proclamation declaring May 3 the first STEM Day for Georgia. Magnet student, Veena Anilkumar, ’13, (second from left) represented Wheeler. Gilda Lyon, GA Department of Education – STEM Program Manager, Michael Robertson, TAG Education Collaborative Executive Director, State Senator John Albers, students, teachers, and parents where all in attendance at the State Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.
Congratulations to Wheeler's Cobb Schools Foundation Schoarship recipients, Divya Achtani & Lucy Zhang. Scholarship applicants are selected based on academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, community service and essay. Each recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Congratulations to Divya Achtani ('13), who was recently selected as a 2013 Bank of America Student Leader. As part of the Student Leaders Program, Divya will participate in an eight-week paid internship with a local nonprofit organization. In addition, she will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Bank of America Leadership Summit held in Washington D.C. this summer.
Congratulations to Wheeler's Academic Bowl Team for their 10th place finish at the 2013 GATA Varsity State Championship on Saturday, March 23 at Ola High School. Varsity team members Anirudh Udutha, Suneet Mishra, Karen Wu, and Paul Miloro represented Wheeler and finished strong.
Mr. Shield's economics students participated in the Personal Finance Challenge sponsored by the National Council on Economics Education.Team members Kevin Han, Josue Luna, Nick Schappaugh, and Pranav Shenoy placed 2nd in the state!
Five orchestra students were selected to participate in the All State Orchestra in Savannah February 28-March 2. Participation in All State is based on a rigorous audition process that selects the state's best string players. Wheeler Orchestra was represented by Will Bull, David Herszenhaut, Eunmin Park, Maxwell Sandberg, and Michael Swann
Congratulations to Wheeler State Reflections Winners
Literature - Sara Dada (12th) - 3rd Place
Literature - Lydia Turnage (11th) - 1st Place & Senior Division Entry to National PTA
Literature - Marianne Danneman (10th) - 2nd Place
Congratulations to the 14 Wheeler students who have been selected to attend this year’s Governors Honors Program - more than any other school in Cobb County. They are a special bunch representing a variety of talents.
Philip Kaltman, Biology
Timothy Gregg, Chemistry
Allison Dupui,s Communicative Arts
Rachel Schwartz, Communicative Arts
Lydia Turnage, Communicative Arts
Shruti Kulkarni, French
Priscilla Ryan, French
Lauren Nguyen, Latin
Wenhan Fan, Mathematics
Michael Li, Mathematics
Camilee Mapua, Music/Voice (Soprano)
Michael Vobejda, Music/Woodwinds (Saxophone)
Suborno (Dev) Chatterjee, Social Studies
Aishwarya Rameshkumar, Technology
Congratulations to Hana Obeidat, Miya Oliver, and Rachel Schwartz for winning First Honors at the Georgia State Science and Engineering Fair on March 22-23. Also, congratulations to Ildemaro Gonzalez, Philip Kaltman, and Natalie Schuster for winning Best in Category for Animal Sciences as well as First Honors. First Honors was awarded to science fair projects which scored above the 90th percentile mark of the 300 high school projects represented at the fair, while Best in Category was awarded to the project with the highest score for that particular category.
Congratulations to Wheeler’s Academic Bowl Team represented by Anirudh Udutha, Suneet Mishra, Karen Wu, and Paul Miloro for their 10th place finish at the 2013 GATA Varsity State Championship on Saturday, March 23 at Ola High School.
Congratulations to Magnet seniors, Sneha Reddy, Janae Hoyle, and Divya Achtani, who were honored by The National Center for Women & Technology (NCWIT) with awards for aspirations in computing. Sneha Reddy won a Georgia Affiliate Award, Divya Achtani was a national runner-up and Janae Hoyle won the Georgia Affiliate Award and the National Award that included a $500 cash prize, a laptop provided by Bank of America, mentoring opportunities with Bank of America employees, and a trip to the Bank of America Technology showcase and awards ceremony in Charlotte, NC. As a national winner, Janae was one of the 35 winners selected out of 1800 applicants from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and overseas U.S. military bases.
Wheeler Scores Highest AP Passing Rate
Wheeler students had an 89% pass rate (a score of 3 or higher) on our 2012 AP Exams. The next highest number in Cobb County was Walton High School with 81% passing. Congratulations to Wheeler's AP teachers and students! See the full MDJ article
Congratulations to Maxwell Sandberg ,'14 for being the newest member of Club 36! Max scored a 36 on the Science portion of the ACT.
Anirudh Udutha, ’14, represented the State of Georgia at the 2013 USA National Brain Bee Championship on March 2 - 4, at the University of Maryland and placed 12th in the nation. Forty-seven students representing Alaska to Washington DC participated in the competition. The results were very close with 0.25 points separating each contestant’s placement in the Top 15 ranks.
Congratulations to Taylor Gardner,'14, for scoring an 800 on the Math section of the SAT & Lydia Piendel,'14, for scoring a 36 on the English section of the ACT.
Congratulations to the newest members of the 800 Club! Joseph Farleo, ‘14, Ian McAulay,’15, Maxwell Sandberg,’14, and Annie Son,’14, scored 800’s on the Math portion of the SAT, Suneet Mishra,’14, scored an 800 on the Writing section and Michael Li,’15, scored an 800 on the Reading section.
Congratulations to Sina Monfared,'14 for being the newest member of Club 36! Sina scored a 36 on the Math portion of the ACT.
Sara Dada Recognized for Volunteer Service
Sara Dada, '13, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a state-level Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program. Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor young people across America for outstanding community service activities.
Wheeler named 2013 Georgia AP Honor School
Wheeler High School was named an AP STEM School for having students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses (Calculus, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics or Computer Science). Wheeler was also named to the AP STEM Achievement Schools list for having at least 40 percent of the exam scorers on AP math and science exams earning scores of three (3) or higher.
Congratulations to Sina Monfared, Sneha Sareddy, and Anirudh Udutha who qualified for the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 12 and Stephen Johnston, Ian McAulay, and Kevin Sholl who qualified from the AMC 10. Sixty-two students participated in the AMC, a challenging 25-question multiple choice exam. Students scoring 88.5 or higher on the AMC 12 ( for grades 11 and 12) and students scoring at least 108.0 on the AMC 10 (for grades 9 and 10) qualify to participate in the three-hour AMC Exam which will be given March 14, 2013 during 1st and 2nd block.
Congratulations to Tejas Khorana, '13, who was selected as a statewide winner of the 2012-13 Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement. The award recognizes the nation's top achievers in AP courses in science, technology, engineering and math with a $2,000 college scholarship to one male and one female student in each state.
Congratulations to Lucy Zhang, Wheeler's STAR student, and Dr. Cheryl Crooks, the STAR teacher. The STAR student award is given to the student having the highest scores on any single date of the 3-part SAT taken through November and are also in the top 10% or top 10 students of their class based on GPA. Each STAR student is asked to nominate his or her STAR teacher.
Congratulations to our Cobb-Paulding Science Fair winners! Miya Oliver, Rachel Schwartz, Linda Zhou, Hana Obeidat, Ildemaro Gonzalez, Philip Kaltman, & Natalie Schuster all won First Place for their entries. The Science Fair was held on Saturday, Feb. 2. Each student will move on to the Georgia State Science and Engineering Fair to be held at the University of Georgia in March.
Congratulations to our National Merit & National Achievement Honorees! Wheeler has 2 Special Scholarship Candidates, 15 National Merit Commended students, 4 National Achievement Outstanding Students, 4 National Achievement finalists, and 12 National Merit Finalists! We will be having a reception in their honor on Wednesday, February 13 at 7:45 – 8:15 am in Room 512. Honorees and their parents are invited to attend.View the list of all honorees
Congratulations to all of the students who were honored at the Magnet Academic Awards Night on February 5. Class Awards were given to the students who had a very positive impact on the entire class because of motivation, character, passion and helpfulness. Highest Average Awards were given to the students who attained the highest average in the class at the end of the semester.
Highest Average Award Recipients
Class Award Recipient
Congratulations to our Wheeler FTC Robotics team for receiving the "INSPIRE Award", the highest of all the awards given by FIRST to FTC robotics teams, at the qualifier on Feb. 2. Wheeler's FTC team was also the Finalist Alliance Captain, and nominated for all the other awards. They will be competing in the State competition on March 2nd at SPSU.
Congratulations to Wheeler's Science Olympiad team for their 15th place finish at the regional competition at North Georgia College, in Dahlonega this past Saturday. Special congratulations to Leonard Tsai '14 and Ben Mains '14 for achieving 3rd place in the Circuit Lab competition!
Congratulations to Anirudh Udutha, '14, who won the Georgia Regional Brain Bee on January 26, conducted by the Atlanta Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience at Emory University and Sara Dada, '13, who placed second. Anirudh will be representing the State of Georgia in the USA National Brain Bee Championship at the University of Maryland in March.
Wheeler's Science Bowl Team placed 3rd at the Sub-Regional Science Bowl on January 26 at KSU. Congratulations to team members, Yash Mehta, Sneha Sareddy, Veena Anilkumar and Kevin Han.
Congratulations to the newest member of the 800 Club, David Riazati, ’14, who scored an 800 on the Math section of the SAT.
Congratulations to Emily Maloney, ‘14, for scoring an 800 on the Critical Reading section of the SAT. This is Emily's second entry into the 800 Club!
Congratulations to the Wheeler Academic Bowl Team! The team placed 4th in Georgia and 58th in the world out of 551 teams at the Knowledge Master Open on December 5. The results are available here.
Mr. Corvalan's AP Physics C students are involved in semester long
STEM projects that are applications of the course standards. Projects include: Cars that meet the specifications of the F-1 in Schools Competition,
Rockets to compete in the Team America Rocketry Competition,
and Tower Crane, Truss Bridge, & Cantilever Bridge models.
Math Team Scores High, Moves on To Next Round
Nineteen members of the Math Team recently competed in the first round of the KSU Math Competition along with over 1700 other students from around the state. Students who scored in the 90th percentile or higher were invited to take part in the second round of the competition,which will be held in January. Congratulations to the following students who are moving on: Steve Fan, Michael Li, Ian McAulay, Sina Monfared, Jason Peng, Aish Rameshkuara, Sneha Sareddy, Kevin Sholl and Anirudh Udutha.
Congratulations to Rachel Bradford, ’13, & Maharshi Patel, ’13, the newest members of Club 36. Rachel scored a 36 on the Reading section of the ACT and Maharshi scored a 36 on the Science section
Congratulations to Anirudh Udutha for becoming our 100th 800 Club member!
The 800 Club includes students who have scored a perfect 800 on one or more sections of the SAT. The Club started with the Class of 2004, and its most recent members come from the class of 2014. Anirudh Udutha’s perfect 800 scores on Critical Reading and Math made
him the 100th student to join the club. Approximately 10% of all Wheeler Magnet students
make it into the 800 Club.
Congratulations to Pranav Shenoy, ’13, the newest member of Club 36. Pranov scored a 36 on the Math section of the ACT.
Congratulations to Robert Taylor, ’14, and Shaun Goh, '13, the newest members of the 800 Club. Robert scored an 800 on the Math section of the SAT and Shaun scored an 800 on the Reading section.
Congratulations to the Wheeler Academic Team – Anirudh Udutha ’14, Suneet Mishra ’14, Allison Dupuis ’14, and Philip Katlman’14 - who appeared on Wsb-tv channel 2 (ABC) in the High Q competition on Sunday, November 11 at 12:30 PM. This show may be viewed online
Mr. Jack Federick, Patriot Propulsion Lead at Raytheon, gave a presentation to our students entitled Rocket Science & Leadership.
Team Shift (Kelly Fitzgerald, Claire McCoy, Anna Awald (Wheeler HS), and Sabine Saldanha (Campbell HS) have completed their competition in The F1 In Schools World Competition in Abu Daubi, UAE. The girls represented the United States, Wheeler and Campbell High Schools to the highest level. They finished with the 4th fastest car in the world based on time alone, and were Nominated for Best Portfolio Award and the FIA Women in Motorsport Award. Team Shift won the Outstanding Sportsmanship Award sponsored by Sahara Force India F1.
Congratulations to Seniors, Kevin Pluckter, Ananyaveena Anilkumar, Sneha Sareddy, Jake Lehman, and Nicholas Schappaugh who were recognized as the best and brightest future biomedical engineers at the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting at GWCC on October 27.
Congratulations to the Wheeler Math Team who competed In the Rockdale Magnet Math tournament. Michael Li placed 5th in the JV individual competition and the JV team placed 3rd overall (Michael Li, Ian McAulay, Kevin Sholl, Martin Cheung and Karen Wu). The Varsity team placed 7th overall (Sina Monfared, Yuanhan Pan, Jason Peng, Wenhan Fan, Anirudh Udutha, Aishwarya Rameshkumar).
Congratulations to the Wheeler Policy Debate Team for their performance at the recent Alpharetta Debate Tournament where Erin Kreus ‘15 and Matthew Coffin ‘15 finished as quarterfinalists in the JV division.
Congratulations to the newest members of Club 36, Madeline O’Connell, ’13 and Matthew Alber, ‘13. Madeline scored a 36 on the Reading section and Matthew scored a 36 on the Math section of the ACT. View full list
Congratulations to Ansley Rowan, '13, who was crowned Football Homecoming Queen!
Congratulations to our National Achievement Semifinalists!
4 Wheeler students were named among 8 Cobb County semifinalists in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program.
• Haley Booker-Lauridson
• Khorizon Dunn
• Mina Ezikpe
• Nicholas Ngare
Congratulations to the newest member of Club 36, Sneha Sareddy, ’13. Sneha scored a 36 on both the Math and Reading sections of the ACT. View full list
Congratulations to the Wheeler Debate Team for their success at the Chattahoochee Cougar Classic Debate Tournament this past weekend. One team in each division advanced to break rounds. Pranav Shenoy and Lucy Zhang advanced to Varsity octofinals, Erin Kreus and Rahul Singi advanced to JV quarterfinals, and Matthew Coffin and Avi Lyons advanced to Novice octofinals. In addition, Erin Kreus received the 2nd Place JV individual Speaker Award.
Wheeler Academic Bowl Team to Represent Cobb County in Televised High Q Competition
The Wheeler Academic Bowl Team won second place in the Cobb County High Q Qualifier Competition. Wheeler and Walton will represent Cobb County in the High Q competition on WSB-TV in November. The Wheeler team consisted of: Anirudh Udutha (Captain), Suneet Mishra, Allison Dupuis, and Philip Kaltman.
Congratulations to our National Merit Semifinalists!
2013 National Merit® Scholarship Program Semifinalists
• Haley M. Booker-Lauridson
• Christopher Fletcher
• Jenny N. Guo
• Kevin Han
• Andrew M. Johnson
• Tejas Khorana
• Josue R. Luna
• Madeline C. O’Connell
• Eunmin Park
• Alan W. Peters
• Snehitha N. Reddy
• Sneha Sareddy
• Pranav M. Shenoy
• Lucy S. Zhang
The CircuitRunners, Wheeler's Robotics Team,
held a demonstration at the Atlanta Dream Game last week in
conjunction with GE, Kell High School, and Walton High School.
Congratulations to the Wheeler Policy Debate Team for their solid performance at the recent Westminster Debate Tournament!
The JV teams of Michael Li, ’15 / Yaunhan Pan ’14 placed 3rd and Erin Kreus ’15 / Harshaan Singh ’14 came in 6th place. JV Individual Speaker Awards went to Michael Li (1st Place), Yaunhan Pan (3rd Place) and Erin Kreus received (9th place).
Our Novice teams had a strong showing as well. Richard Udall ’16 / Avi Lyons ’16 placed 3rd and Matthew Coffin ’15 / Grace Maloney ’16 placed 6th. Novice Individual Speaker Awards went to Richard Udall (1st Place), Matthew Coffin (6th Place), Avi Lyons (8th Place) and Grace Maloney garnered (14th Place).
Congratulations to all participants! If you’d like to find out more about the Wheeler Debate Team, checkout our website at https://sites.google.com/site/wheelerhighdebateteam/.
Congratulations to our newest Club 36 member, Josue Luna,'13, who scored a 36 on the math section of the ACT. View full list
Wheeler High School’s F1 in Schools Team, Team Shift (Anna Awald, Sabine Saldanha, Kelly Fitzgerald, and Claire McCoy) will be highlighted in the October issue of Motor Trend Magazine. The article is currently posted on Motor Trend’s blog. Team Shift is a team of four girls, three of whom attend The Center for Advanced Studies. The team won 1st place at the national competition, hosted by The Society of Automotive Engineers last May. The win afforded them the chance to compete in the world championship in Abu Dhabi in October.
Congratulations to Sina Monfared, Sneha Sareddy, and Lucy Zhang for their outstanding scores on last February's American Mathematical Competition 12 (AMC 12) which is sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The sum of their three scores, 325.5, was one of the five highest school team scores in Region Three which is composed of schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and American Embassy and APO/FPO Schools. As a result of this placement, Wheeler has been awarded an Undergrad E-Membership to the Mathematical Association of America.
Seniors, Keon Mahmoudi, Ananyaveena Anilkumar, & Yash Mehta completed a 6 week research internship at
Emory's Winship Cancer Institute this past summer.
The program is facilitated by Dr. Mary Jo Lechowicz, Program Director
and Ms. Shirley Miller, Program Coordinator.
Wheeler High School & The Center for Advanced Studies' Summer Camps, Camp GAMES and Science Spectrum,
were selected as finalists for the S.T.E.M. Education Awards presented by the Technology Association of Georgia! Read more
Congratulations to our newest 800 Club members: Alan Peters, '13, Snehitha Reddy, '13, & Josue Luna,'13, scored an 800 on the Math section; Haley Booker-Lauridson,'13, Pranav Shenoy,'13 & Lucy Zhang,'13, scored an 800 on the Critical Reading section; Kaitlyn Murdock, '13, scored an 800 on Math and Writing; and Andrew Johnson scored an 800 on the Math & Critical Reading sections. See the full list of 800 Club members.
Congratulations to our newest Club 36 members: Leonard Tsai,'13, scored a 36 on the Science portion and Haley Booker-Lauridson,'13, scored a 36 on the Reading section. See the full list of Club 36 members
Wheeler High School has been ranked 13th in the state of Georgia for High Schools and 65th in the Nation for Magnet Schools in US News' Best High Schools list. Schools within the Magnet rankings list include those that are established by school districts and draw only from the district, those that are set up by state governments and draw from multiple districts, those that have several magnet schools with different specializations combined into a single "center," and magnet programs like Wheeler's that are within comprehensive schools or a "school within a school." In cases such as ours, the entire school's performance is evaluated, not just the Magnet Program.
Team Shift in the News
At Michigan International Speedway in May, Team Shift (Kelly Fitzgerald, Anna Awald, Claire McCoy and Sabine Saldanha) finished first in F1 in Schools. F1 is an extracurricular engineering competition in which students from ages 9 to 19 design, build and race a CO2-propelled, balsa-wood model of a Formula One racecar.
Read the article
in the Atlanta Journal Constitution
See more good news about Wheeler kids in the press release from Porsche.
Support our team by "liking" them on Facebook: Shift
Three of our Magnet students are among 12 that were selected from the state of Georgia to participate in the Winship Cancer Institute Summer Scholars Research Program. Keon Mahmoudi (Mentor, Dr. Costas Hadjipanayis - Neurosurgery), Ananyaveena Anilkumar (Mentor, Dr. Jonathan Beitler - Radiation Oncology), and Yash Mehta (Mentor, Dr. Boise - Multiple Myloma). The six week program begins June 4.
Congratulations to John Mains,'13, who scored an 800 on the Reading section of the SAT. Welcome to the 800 Club!
Wheeler Magnet alumnus Michael Beno, '08, graduated first in his class at Vanderbilt University and received the Founders Medal. According to Vanderbilt, Beno is "a consummate example of a learning teacher, one who is consistently and visibly committed to inquiry, mentorship and community service." Read more
Congratulations to Amari El-Amin, who
was awarded a scholarship from the Pearl Foundation of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc
Congratulations to Allison Zoino for winning the 2011-2012 ECMS PTSA Scholarship. She was chosen for the best combination of academic achievement and commitment to community.
Congratulations to magnet junior, Morgan Lide, who will be serving as a Student Ambassador to Indonesia, through the US Department of State's Y.E.S program. Morgan has been awarded a full scholarship to spend the 2012-13 school year attending school and performing the duties of a student ambassador, while living with a host family in Indonesia.
The Wheeler Community Service Recognition Ceremony was held on Friday, May 4. Tobi Akindoju and Gautham Maran are the first two recipients to letter all 4 years in Community Service. They are both recipients of the 2012 Wheeler Graduation Service Medallion. Pictured with Tobi and Gautham is Lucy Zhang, the Leadership Club Service Hours Coordinator.
Wheeler Community Service Letter Awards
2011-2012 Service Hours
2012 Wheeler Graduation Service Medallion Recipients
Three Wheeler Magnet Freshman, Anna Awald, Kelly Fitzgerald and Claire McCoy will compete in the Formula One National Championships at the Michigan International Raceway in Michigan on May 10 - 13. They have designed a miniature F1 race care using the same software real race car designers use, powered by CO2 cartridges to race down a 20 meter track reaching 50+ miles per hour. When competing, milliseconds count in this race. As part of the competition, they are rated on their outreach efforts. Please "like" them on Facebook and you will be able to get competition updates
Wheeler Volunteers of the Year
Maureen Bramblett, Julie Coffin, Liz Fitzgerald, Lana Kendig, Susan Kreft, Kathy Kreus, Teresa Long, Maggie Sandberg, Juhi Shah, and Rochelle Smith
A huge "Thank You" to all of our Foundation Volunteers!
Our program would not be the same without the dedication and support that our volunteers provide. Dr. Stark and the Foundation Board hosted an evening of appreciation for our tireless volunteers on April 29. One of the Magnet Program's Founders, Ms. Cathie Banks, entertained everyone with a presentation on Learning Styles. View the presentation and handouts.
Congratulations to the nearly 60 students who were recognized at Faculty Honors Night on May 3. We recognized and celebrated their outstanding academic and community service achievements in all curricular areas. View the program and list of award winners.
Congratulations to Dr. Dawn Adams and Dr. Jimmy Carter for being honored by the ABC as winners of the Above and Beyond award.
Congratulations to Swetha Sareddy,'13, and Kevin Han,'13, for joining the 800 Club! Swetha scored an 800 on the Math section of the SAT and Kevin scored an 800 on the Critical Reading section.
Congratulations to Anirudh Udutha '14 and Eric Avari '13 for being selected to participate in the Columbus State University STEM Honors Summer Camp, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Society of American Military Engineers.
Congratulations to Ananyaveena Anilkumar '13 for being selected to participate in the 2012 Winship Summer Scholars Research Program (SSRP) at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.
Congratulations to Sara Dada, '13, who was selected as the first place winner for the Cobb EMC Washington Youth Tour and scholarship and was honored at the Cobb EMC Annual Task Force dinner on April 12. The Washington Youth Tour is an all-expenses-paid week-long trip to Washington D.C. Three winners are selected for the trip and receive scholarships of $1500, $1000, and $500. The winners selected have the opportunity to meet their elected representatives, learn about how the U.S. government works and gain valuable skills.
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Congratulations to Claire Belay who has been awarded the Columbus State University Honors Program four-year scholarship, which includes a study abroad stipend. Claire has also signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent to play soccer for Coach Jay Entlich at Columbus State.
Congratulations to our 47 National Merit Award Recipients.
National Achievement Outstanding Participants
Kimberly Blackett, Tobi Kadri, Ronald Shanderson, Cameron Washington
National Achievement Semifinalists
Oluwatobi Akindoju, Avery Brown, Richard Eboka, Amari El-Amin, Travis Redmond
National Achievement Scholarship Recipients
Oluwatobi Akindoju, Avery Brown (UPS Foundation Scholarship), Amari El-Amin
National Merit Commended
Claire Belay, Avery Brown, Michael Cummings, Maura Gerke, Anupam Goli, Raghuveer Gummadi, Josh Jacobs, Kishore Karnik, Dhruv Karunakaran, Samantha Kiblinger, John Malcolm, Rose Mccarty,
Michael Mcmullan, Alexander Miller, Rachel Muster, Neil Oza, Revanth Rameshkumar, Megan Robertson, Swetha Sareddy, Matthew Siano,
Kelbie Winther, Allison Zoino
National Merit Semifinalists
National Merit Finalists
Catherine Brock, Stephen Gillen, William Gutmann, Daniel Kreus, Keagan Long, Wayne Lu, Gautham Maran, Sameer Mishra, Deborah Paul, Pradeep Prathiba, Marc Singleton, Daniel Wolfson, Benjamin Yao, Lei Zhang, Edward Zhu
National Merit Scholarship Recipients
Catherine Brock, Daniel Wolfson
Congratulations to Brandon Sheu for winning the Margie Hatfield Scholarship. The PTSA Awards are based on an applicant's academic attendance, citizenship, leadership, extracurricular activities, and service to the community which promotes the PTA spirit of volunteerism.
Congratulations to Wheeler's 2012 Cobb Schools Foundation Scholarship Recipients, Samantha Kiblinger and Lei Zhang. Each year, the Foundation awards 2-$1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors at each of the 16 high schools in Cobb County School District based on academics, extracurricular activities and leadership. The recipients will be honored at the Cobb County Board of Education meeting on Thursday, April 26 at 7 pm.
Ms. Kelavkar's Post AP DNA Genetics class mentored Target students from Powers Ferry Elementary during a shark dissection lab on Thursday, March 15.
Read more on the East Cobber School Blog.
Congratulations to Matthew Alber, '13, the newest member of the 800 Club! Matthew scored an 800 on the Math section of the SAT.
Congratulations to Yash Mehta, '13, and Keon Mahmoudi, '13, both were selected to participate in the Winship Summer Scholars Program 2012 June 4, 2012 - July 16, 2012.
Congratulations to the following students who are the finalists, selected to participate in the 2012 Governor’s Honors
Program: Veena Anilkumar, Biology, Mathew Chan, Technology, Andrew Johnson, French, Morgan Lide, Visual Arts, Emily Maloney, Latin, Sina Monfared, Math, Yuanhan Pan, Math, Maxwell Sandberg, Music (Cello), Pranav Shenoy, Technology, Anirudh Udutha, Math, and Lucy Zhang, Math. This select group of students will participate in
a challenging and enriching educational experience on the Valdosta State University campus for four weeks this summer.
Congratulations to Kevin Han, '13 for scoring an 800 on the Writing section of the SAT. Welcome to the 800 Club!
Congratulations to Tommy Long, '12, who was invited to wrestle in the NHSCA Senior Nationals March 29-31 in Virginia. Only the top seniors from each state are asked to attend.
Thank You to the Magnet Advisory Board that designed
and painted the mural in honor or our Robotics Program
Congratulations to Lei Zhang who is a semi-finalist for the USABO (United States of America Biology Olympiad). She is 1 of 10 semi-finalists in Georgia and 564 students from 36 States in the US. She will now go on to take the semi-final (3/21 & 3/30) and then the Final. 204 schools from 36 US States and 2 International Schools participated in the Competition.
Congratulations to Jenny Guo, '13, who scored an 800 on the Math portion of the SAT. Welcome to the 800 Club!
Congratulations to Martin Cheung, '15 member of the 2012 Junior Achievement Fellows Company of the Year (second runner up) in the State of Georgia. His teen entrepreneur company, Made by U.S.A, handcrafted and marketed patriotic magnets and coasters created from recycled music album covers. With a 240% return on shareholder's investment, his team qualified for nationals.
Congratulations to Mr. Wildcat 2012, Ilya Gurevich,'12, and to the runner up, William Sandberg, '12.
Congratulations to Daniel Kreus '12 and Lucy Zhang '13 for advancing to the octafinal round at the GFCA Varsity State Debate Tournament. Kudos to Daniel who was named 4th best individual speaker. If you'd like to find out more about the Wheeler Debate Team, checkout our website at https://sites.google.com/site/wheelerhighdebateteam/
2012 Magnet College Tour to DC
The Center for Advanced Studies Foundation sponsored our 1st Annual College Tour to visit Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, & University of Virginia.
Congratulations to Magnet Alumni, James Rundquist, '09, and Greg Cobb, '09, who are finalists for the The InVenure Prize. Both are Computer Science majors at GT, and co-developed CourseShark. The Georgia Tech InVenture Prize is an exciting competition for innovative Georgia Tech undergraduate students. Competitors develop their inventions and present them to celebrity judges and experts in the field of science and technology. The finale will be held March 13 at 7pm at the Ferst Center for the Arts on the Ga Tech Campus and is open to the public. View James' promotional video
Congratulations to Lucy Zhang, '13, who was recently awarded the National Center for Women and Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing. She was selected for her computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history and plans for post-secondary education.
Congratulations to the Wheeler Academic Bowl Team for winning the 4th place in GATA Junior Varsity State Championship Tournament on Saturday, February 25.The Wheeler team is sponsored by Mrs. Kelavkar and represented by team captain, Anirudh Udutha, '14, team members, Suneet Mishra, '14, Neel Patil, '14, Allison Dupuis '14., Martin Cheung, '15, and Kyle Varnedoe, '15.
Congratulations to Samantha Kiblinger, '12, who won the prestigious Bobbie Bailey Award on Feb. 6, 2012. Thirty-four top regional, female athletes were honored at Kennesaw State University as part of the 22nd Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Samantha has lettered in Cross Country and Track each year and has gone on to compete at the AAU National Junior Olympics twice.
Congratulations to Daniel Grey, '13, for scoring an 800 on the Math section of the SAT. Welcome to the 800 Club!
Congratulations to Sameer Mishra, '12, who is now a member of both the 800 Club and Club 36! Sameer scored a 36 on the Science section of the ACT and an 800 on the Reading section of the SAT.
Congratulations to our newest member of Club 36, Adam Aston. Adam scored a 36 on the Math portion of the ACT.
Congratulations to the Wheeler Math Team, once again, in the Winter Cobb County competition held at Wheeler in January the JV and Varsity teams both won the team competitions. In the individual round, Michael Li won the JV competition and Wayne Lu won the varsity competition. The following students placed in the top ten: Steve Fan - JV 6th, Kevin Sholl - JV 8th and Ian McAulay - JV 10th, Sina Monfared - Varsity 6th and Anirudh Udutha - Varsity 8th.
Congratulations to the Wheeler Academic Bowl Team for advancing to the Quarterfinals in the Brookwood JV Scholars Bowl on Saturday, February 18, 2012. Thirty-six teams from four states (Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina) participated in the competition and Wheeler team placed 5th! The Wheeler team is sponsored by Mrs. Kelavkar and represented by team captain, Anirudh Udutha, '14, team members, Suneet Mishra, '14, Neel Patil, '14, Pawan Jada, '14, Martin Cheung, '15, and Kyle Varnedoe, '15.
Congratulations to our 2012 STAR Students, Daniel Kreus and Daniel Wolfson. Daniel Kreus chose Mr. Sergio Corvalan as his STAR teacher because of his ability to ignite in Daniel a passion for the field of physics . Daniel Wolfson chose Ms. Geri Hajduk for his STAR teacher because she is one of the kindest, most approachable teachers Daniel has had while teaching him the intricacies of history.
The STAR program, sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation, the state Chamber of Commerce and Department of Education, honors academic excellence. Danny and Daniel had the highest score in one sitting on the three-part SAT and are in the top 10% of their class.
The Wheeler High School Robotics Team, The CircuitRunners, won the FTC State Qualifier on Feb 4, 2012. They were the only team in the state of Georgia that was able to score a magnet ball in the official field goal. The CircuitRunners did it four times. An achievement which shows the students' talent and creativity.The CircuitRunners obtained first place as the wining alliance, and were mentioned in four of the six FTC awards.
Congratulations to the newest members of our 800 Club, Keagan Long, '12, Lucy Zhang, '13, & Emily Maloney, '14, both of whom scored an 800 on the Math section of the SAT.
Congratulations to the newest member of the 800 Club, Mina Ezikpe, '13. Mina scored an 800 on the Reading section of the SAT.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 MLK Awards:
Students - Brandon Sheu, Stephen Gillen, Netalia Anderson; Faculty - Susan Walls, Ray Furstein; Community - Adriane Simons, Maureen Bramblett; Organization - Wheeler Fights Cancer Club
Wheeler Magnet Alumnus, Drew Regitsky, ' 06, is coauthor of research titled, "An Engineered Microbial Platform for Direct Biofuel Production from Brown Macroalgae", that is featured on the cover of the January issue of Science Magazine.
Congratulations to our seniors who have gained early acceptances to: MIT, CalTech, Yale, Dartmouth, Stanford, West Point, Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Auburn University, Berry College, Case Western Reserve University,
Clemson University, Columbus State University, Drexel University, Florida State University, Georgia College and State University, Georgia Southern, Kennesaw State, Mercer, Northeastern University, Point Park University, Presbyterian College, Purdue, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Savannah College of Art and Design, Southern Polytechnic State University, Ohio State University, University of Alabama, & University of Tennessee.
Congratulations to our newest 800 Club and Club 36 members! Steffen Christoffersen scored a 36 on the Reading section of the ACT, Cathy Brock scored an 800 on the Reading section of the SAT and Sneha Sareddy scored an 800 on both the Math and Reading sections of the SAT.
Atlanta Magazine named Wheeler High School as one of the top 20 public high schools in Atlanta!
Congratulations to Michael McMullen, '12, for being named a semifinalist in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program.
Congratulations to Ronak Mukhopadhyay, '14, and Suneet Mishra, '14, for their 2nd place finish in the JV Division at the Grady Debate Tournament January 13 - 14. Also congratulations to Ronak for being awarded 2nd Place Individual Speaker and Suneet for being awarded 3rd Place Individual Speaker.
The Wheeler Robotics Team, The CircuitRunners, won 1st place as well as the "CONNECT" Award at the FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournament on December 3. The team will now move on to the State Championship Tournament. The "CONNECT" Award is given to the team that most connected with their local community and the engineering community.
CSI Wheeler High - Ms. Phillip's Biochemistry class is investigating a "murder". Dr. Stark is the "victim" and 4 of Wheeler's faculty are "suspects". Through intensive analysis of fibers, blood samples, hair and fingerprints, as well as other clues left at the scene, the students will determine who committed the "crime" and present their findings on Friday, Dec. 16. Read the MDJ article.
Congratulations to Sneha Sareddy,'12, who scored an 800 on the writing section of the SAT. Welcome to the 800 Club!
Congratulations to Lei Zhang, '12, whose research, "Identification of AKAP150 in Presynaptic Axon Terminals of the Basolateral Amygdala", was published in the Journal of Experimental Secondary Science Vol. October 2011. Lei's research was conducted at the Yerkes Primate Center at Emory University
On Dec. 1, Dr. Hinojosa inspired Wheeler Leadership Club members through wisdom and humor with 3 attributes necessary to become a good leader.
Ms. Phillip's Biochemistry class hosted an “Herbfest” on Dec. 1. Each student applied knowledge of common organic functional groups with herbs, spices, and medicinal plants to produce homemade products such as cosmetics, baked goods, and holiday decorations.
Congratulations to the JV Math Team for winning the Lassiter Math Competition on Saturday and to the Varsity Team for placing 3rd. Congratulations to Kevin Sholl for placing 4th and to Michael Li for placing 6th in the individual JV competition and to Sina Monfared for placing 6th in the individual Varsity competition.
Lucy Zhang, '13, was selected for the 21st Century Leaders, Class of 2011 "Georgia's 20 Under 20". Georgia's 21st Century Leaders organization chooses 20 students based on Scholarship, Leadership, and Service.
2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar, Michelle Lee, '11, was one of 141 students selected in the nation and 1 of 13 selected to travel to China for 3 weeks as a US student ambassador. In honoring these Scholars, the President of the United States highlights and spotlights 141 exemplary students. Photo from the Annual Recognition Banquet in Washington, DC.
Pradeep Prathiba, '12, was selected as a 2011 Siemens Competition Semifinalist. The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology is the nation’s leading original research competition in math, science and technology for high school students.
Pradeep's research is titled, "Expression of Cyan Fluorescent Protein (CFP) in Hepatitis C Viral Genome for Direct Visualization of Infected Cells and Potential Use for Rapid Drug Discovery Inhibitors". Her research was conducted at Emory University. View previous Center for Advanced Studies Science Competition Winners
Congratulations to the Debate Team for another successful debate tournament. Congratulations to Ronak Mukhopadhyay '14 and Yuanhan Pan '14 who placed 1st in the Novice Policy Division at the Northview Titan Debate Tournament and were named 1st and 4th best individual speakers, respectively. Congratulations to June Ding '14 for being named 9th speaker in the JV Policy Division.
Congratulations to the Math Team who won both the Varsity and JV team competitions at the Fall Cobb County competition. Special mention goes to Kevin Sholl and Ian McAulay (joint 1st) and June Ding and Michael Li (joint 9th) for their placement in the individual JV competition and to Wayne Lu (2nd), Sneha Sareddy (5th), Lucy Zhang (8th), Sina Monfared (9th) and Anirudh Udutha (10th) for their placement in the Varsity individual competition.
Congratulations to the seventeen Math Team members who recently competed in the first round of the KSU Math Competition - this competition is open to students throughout Georgia. Nine students scored in the 90th percentile or above and will be taking part in the second round of the competition in January - special congratulations to those students: Kevin Han, Michael Li, Wayne Lu, Sina Monfared, Yuanhan Pan, Jason Peng, Sneha Sareddy, Anirudh Udutha and Lucy Zhang
Congratulations to the Wheeler Academic Bowl Team for winning the 3rd place in the Varsity (Juniors & Seniors) division at the Autumnal North Georgia Scholastic Tournament on Saturday, November 12. The Wheeler team is sponsored by Mrs. Kelavkar and represented by team-captain Anirudh Udutha '14, Suneet Mishra '14, Martin Cheung '15, Allison Dupuis '14, and Neel Patil '14.
Congratulations to Tobi Akindoju, '12, for scoring a 36 on the English and Science sections of the ACT!
The Wheeler Debate Team had an outstanding team performance at the Sequoyah Autumn Argument Tournament! 1st Place Varsity, June Ding & Linda Zhou; 5th Place Varsity, Pranav Shenoy and Dhruv Patel; 1st Place JV, Suneet Mishra and Anirudh Udutha; 2nd Place Novice, Ronak Mukhopadhyay & Michael Li; 5th Place Novice, David Herszenhaut & Yaunhan Pan; 8th Place Novice, Harshaan Singh and Kaela Brown; 1st Place Speaker Varsity, June Ding; 4th Place Speaker Varsity, Linda Zhou; 6th Place Speaker Varsity, Pranav Shenoy; 2nd Place Speaker Junior Varsity, Suneet Mishra; 1st Place Speaker Novice, Ronak Mukhopadhyay; 7th Place Speaker Novice, Yaunhan Pan; 8th Place Speaker Novice, Michael Li; 10th Place Speaker Novice, David Herszenhaut.
Congratulations to the Varsity and JV Math Teams who both placed third at the Rockdale Magnet Math Competition on Saturday, Oct. 29. Special mention goes to Wayne Lu for winning the Varsity individual competition and Sneha Sareddy and Michael Li who both placed tenth in the Varsity and JV competitions respectively.
Congratulations to Daniel Kreus and Pranav Shenoy for advancing to the quarterfinals in the Varsity division of the recent Johns Creek High School Debate Tournament. Congratulations to Jason Peng and Suneet Mishra for advancing to quarterfinals in the Junior Varsity division.
Congratulations to Collin Gutmann for scoring a 36 on the Science section of the ACT. This makes him a triple member of Club 36! He already scored 36 on both the English and Reading sections.
Congratulations to Wheeler Debate Team's Daniel Kreus '12 and Lucy Zhang '11 for their 3rd place finish in the Varsity Division of the Chattahoochee Debate Tournament and also Daniel's 1st place Varsity Individual Speaker award.
Congratulations to the following students who are Wheeler's nominees for the 6 Week summer Governors Honors Program (GHP). They will now compete at the County level to participate in GHP. The Governor's Honors Program is a six-week summer instructional program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. Activities are designed to provide each participant with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become independent, life-long learners.
Comm Arts: Sara Dada, Allison Dupuis, Alternate: Rachel Schwartz; Latin: Ashley Deutsch, Emily Maloney; Spanish; Divya Achtani; French: Andrew Johnson; Math: Sina Monfared, Yuanhan Pan, Lucy Zhang, Alternate: Anirudh Udutha; Biology: Ananyaveena Anilkumar, Megha Kalia, Alternate: Daniel Saunders; Technology: Matt Chan, Pranav Shenoy, Eric Avari, Aish Rameshkumar; Fine Arts: Patricia Bucolo, Lauren Bramblett, Brian Fitzgerald, Maxwell Sandberg, Daniel Bucolo, Linda Zhou, Alexandria Cobrall-Bowers, Morgan Lide, Taylor Puch, Camille Mapua, Gianna Romero.
Congratulations to our 38 National Merit Commended students, 16 National Merit Semifinalists, 9 National Achievement Commended students and 5 National Achievement Semifinalists!
National Merit Commended & National Merit Semifinalist
Semifinalists are noted by an asterisk (*)
National Achievement Commended & National Merit Achievement Semifinalists
Semifinalists are noted by an asterisk (*)
Congratulations to the Wheeler Math Team who competed in the North Fulton High Schools Math Competition on Saturday September 24. The JV team won the overall team competition with Anirudh Udutha 3rd and Michael Li 9th in the individual competition. The Varisty team came 3rd in the overall team competition with Jason Peng our top individual performer finishing 9th. Congratulations to the twelve students who participated!
Congratulations to Deborah Paul, '12, who scored an 800 on the math section of the SAT. Welcome to the 800 Club!
Congratulations to Kishore Karnik, '12, who scored a 36 on the Math portion of the ACT. Welcome to Club 36!
Congratulations to even more new members of the 800 Club and Club 36! Wayne Lu, '12, scored 800 on the Math section of the SAT and the following students scored a 36 on one or more sections of the ACT: Tobi Akindoju, '12, Science; Michael Biddle, '12, Reading; and Collin Gutmann, '12, English & Reading. View all of the 800 Club & Club 36 members.
Current Magnet students, Anna Awald, Kelly Fitzgerald, and Claire McCoy, members of the East Cobb Formula One Team, collaborated with the 2nd place team from
Hamburg, Germany and competed in the World Championships. Read more
Congratulations to Avery Brown,'12, who has been accepted to join an elite group of students that have been admitted into the 2010 class of the Terry Business Academy at the University of Georgia. The Terry Business Academy is a highly selective, pre-collegiate program for upcoming high school juniors and seniors who demonstrate strong leadership skills and a strong interest in business and entrepreneurship.
Congratulations to Aaron Kauffman,'10, for being named the recipient of the 2010 GE STAR Award. In addition to a financial award issued to Aaron, the GE STAR Awards, A GE Foundation Program, also grants an award of $500 to Wheeler High School. Aaron nominated Mr. David Platt to receive this award on behalf of Wheeler.
Congratulations to Kyle Fender,'11, who was named one of 10 Regional Dean's List Finalists Worldwide to be named a Dean's List Award Winner! Students who earn FIRST Dean’s List Award status are great examples of student leaders who have led their teams and communities to increased awareness for FIRST and its mission,
Congratulations to our newest Club 36 members, Niya McCray & Alison Lane. Niya scored a 36 on the Reading section of the ACT and Alison scored a 36 on the English section.
Congratulations to Michelle Lee for scoring 800 on the Writing section on the March SAT, this is in addition to the 800 on the Reading section she received last year. More about the 800 Club
Congratulations to the Wheeler Science Olympiad team for finishing 17th at the Georgia state competition April 10 and for winning the Sportsmanship Award. Aaron Kauffman and Prashanth Saseenthar placed fourth in Dynamic Planet portion of the competition.
David Platt's aerospace engineering students are working with the Georgia Tech Research Institute at Wheeler and at the institute’s wind tunnel lab View video.
Congratulations to Michelle Lee,'11, for being accepted into the Summers Scholars Research Program at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University this summer.
Congratulations to Colin Spalding,'11, who has been accepted to study this summer at UGA’s Young Scholar’s Program. Colin is enrolled in Ms. Hager’s Post-AP DNA/Genetics class and will be working in the plant genome mapping laboratory at UGA. The program is sponsored by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The lab is currently working on projects as diverse as transgenic soybean varieties, aluminum tolerance in alfalfa, and centromere biology, all of which are topics relevant to modern genetics.
Congratulations to Luna Zhang for scoring an 800 on the Writing section of the SAT. This is in addition to the 800 she had scored on the Math section of the SAT previously! More about the 800 Club
Congratulations to the following magnet students that have been selected by the state to attend GHP this summer. Catherine Brock - Technology, Allison Platner - Design, Megan Robertson - Comm. Arts, Jason Rodencal - Music - Saxophone, Joshua Schwartz - Technology, Fatiesa Sulejmani - French, Luna Zhang - Math
Congratulations to Wheeler's Varsity Math team for capturing first place at the spring Cobb County Math Team competition held March 15, 2010. Top Wheeler scorers for this competition were Luna Zhang (195), Chris Leineber (174), Wayne Lu (174), and Pranay Udutha (161).
Final individual county standings for the 2010-2011 competition year include Luna Zhang in second place, Chris Leinweber in third, and Wayne Lu in fifth. Congratulations to all!
Congratulations to our the newest members of Club 36, Daniel Ungaro,'10 and Nick Guzak,'11. Nick scored a perfect 36 on the Science section of the ACT and Daniel scored a perfect 36 on the Science and English portions. View all Club 36 members
Congratulations to Michelle Lee for winning first place in the Mid South Flute Festival High School Soloist Competition which took place in Memphis, TN on March 20.
Congratulations to two Odyssey of the Mind teams from Wheeler for advancing to the state championships April 10 at Columbus State University. The team of Jason Rodencal, Evan Cahill, Cheyenne Dahlmann, Steffen Christofferson, Xander Miller and Tiffany Zeng finished first at the Flowery Branch regional tournament March 6, and the team of Dhruv Karunakaran, James Liu, Pranav Shenoy and Rev Rameshkumar finished second at the Kennesaw regional March 6.
Sam Kiblinger,'12, won Sophomore Class Beauty at the Miss WHS Pageant on Saturday evening. Twenty-six girls participated in this elegant event.
The Wheeler High School Environmental Club recently completed it's 2nd campus clean-up for the 2009-2010 school year. We would like to thank all of the students and teachers who came out to help maintain Wheeler's beauty.
Congratulations to our 2010 National Merit Finalists: Brian Boda,
Congratulations to the Wheeler High School Robotics Team, The
CircuitRunners, for winning the Engineering Inspiration Award at the US FIRST Robotics Peachtree Regional for the second year in a row. As a result, the team will compete at the International Chanpionships in the Georgia Dome, April 14-17, 2010.
Congratulations also to Kyle Fender, the CircuitRunners' Vice President, as the first ever winner of the US FIRST Dean's List Finalist Award. This award celebrates outstanding student leaders whose passion for and
effectiveness at attaining, FIRST ideals is exemplary.
Congratulations to the Science Olympiad team for placing fifth in the region Feb. 27 and qualifying for the state competition April 10. Earning medals were Rev Rameshkumar and Anupam Goli in Technical Problem Solving, Alex Miller and Alex McIntyre in Mission Possible and Write It Do It, Aaron Kauffman and Prashanth Saseenthar in Dynamic Planet, Lei Zhang and Christian Kinney in Anatomy, Rev Rameshkumar and Dhruv Patel in Mousetrap Vehicle, and Thomas Webster and Brian Boda in Fossils and Ornithology.
Congratulations to Drew Carrington, Gabrielle Brown, and Niya McCray who won $2500 scholarships as National Achievement Award Finalists.
Congratulations to Brian Boda, '10, and Kelsey Maloney, '11, for being named to the All County Second Team for Swimming.
Congratulations to two more new members of our 800 Club! Luna Zhang,'11, and Kathy Lim,'11, both scored a perfect 800 on the math section of the SAT. We now have 61 members of the 800 Club.
Congratulations to the students and staff of Wheeler, which the state Department of Education has named an AP Merit School for the 2008-09 school year. That honor goes to schools in which at least 20 percent of the students take at least one AP exam and the students score 3 or better on at least half the AP exams they take. Wheeler is one of four Cobb County schools to earn the honor. Please visit this site for the Cobb County Schools press release.
Congratulations to Alex Miller,'11, who scored a perfect 800 on the Math section of the SAT, becoming our 59th member of the 800 Club.
Congratulations to Jeffrey Seiden,'10, for scoring a perfect 36 on the Science section of the ACT, becoming our 8th member of Club 36.
Congratulations to the Wheeler wrestling team for its success at the Region 6 tournament Feb. 6. Magnet student Peter Moot was among 4 wrestlers who advanced to the sectional tournament. The junior varsity team won the JV regional meet. Magnet student Tommy Long was in the top four.
Congratulations to Allison Brackin,'11, who received the 2009 Bobbie Bailey Award for Athletic Excellence at the Kennesaw State University National Girls and Women in Sports Night for her performance in Wheeler's Cross Country and Track
Congratulations to the following magnet students for qualifying for the Georgia State Swim Championship: Kelsey Maloney, Ansley Rowan, Chelsea Sexton, Brian Boda, Matt Czerwonka, Andrew Davis, Nick Guzak, Chris Leinweber, Peter McKenna, and Max Tannenbaum. The girls finished 23rd in the state, and the boys finished 26th. Kelsey Maloney is a state finalist after placing 9th in the 100 butterfly.
Congratulations to Gabby Brown, Uriah Ellis, Megan Obi and Hannah Radler for being named to the 2010 culinary squad.
Congratulations to Michelle Lee for winning second place in the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra's Concerto Competition. Michelle will perform with the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra on May 15.
Congratulations to the following students for making GMEA Honor Band: Mala Morjaria, Karan Pahawa, Nikhil Kurpad, Michelle Lee, Lucas Needel, Joshua Jacobs, Warren Lawson, Mason Snuggs III, Deborah Paul, Daniel Grey, Michael Douglass, Fatiesa Sulejmani, Lauren Bramblett, Devon Brosius, Wayne Lu, Wyatt Owenby
Congratulations to this year’s STAR student at Wheeler, Jennifer Dou, and to the STAR teacher Jennifer chose as having the greatest impact on her, English teacher Sarah Wheatley. Each year Wheeler recognizes one senior as the STAR student. That student has the highest single-date combined SAT score and must rank in the top 10 percent of the senior class for grade-point average.
Congratulations to senior art students Katherine Biddle, Amber Krebsbach and Emily Zoino, whose artwork is appearing in the All-State Art Symposium at Kennesaw State University from Feb. 7 to 27.
Congratulations to senior Gabe Grisham and freshman Eunmin Park, who were selected to be a part of the 2010 All-State Orchestra. The event will take place March 4 to 6 in Savannah.
Congratulations to the Wheeler Debate Team!
Under the teacher sponsorship of Laura Astorian, the Wheeler Debate Team is currently ranked 3rd among the 24 teams in the AAAA/AAAAA Division. Four of the Debaters - Shyam Shanker, Darpan Patel, Matt Hagerty and Daniel Kreus - are fully qualified for the GHSA State Championships.
The team had another strong showing on January 23rd at the Lincoln County 'Winter by the Lake' Tournament. Matt Hagerty and Daniel Kreus were Co-Champions with 3 other teams. In addition, Daniel was awarded the 8th place Speaker Award.
Congratulations to the Wheeler High School Robotics Team, The CircuitRunners. On January 16 they competed in the FIRST Technology Challenge Regional Qualifier in Gwinnett. Against teams from Georgia, South Carolina & Mississippi the Robot excelled in it's Autonomous (Pre-Programmed Control) and defensive maneuvering. Overall the team won the FIRST Tech Challenge Motivate Award. This award celebrates the team that exemplifies the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition through team spirit and enthusiasm. As a result, they qualified for the State Championship at SPSU on February 27. Come out to cheer them on to victory!
Congratulations to freshman Peter Danis for winning 1st place for his project in the Non-Multimedia Applications category at this past weekend's NAJS Technology Fair. His win at the regional level allows him to compete at the state level at the annual Georgia Educational Technology Fair (GaETF) to be held in March in Macon, GA. Peter finished 2nd place in the region's Technology Literacy Challenge.
Congratulations to the Wheeler Science Olympiad Team for their performance at the competition on Jan. 16: Aaron Kauffman and Thomas Webster, first place, astronomy; Varun Gopinath and Aaron Kauffman, second place, dynamic planet; Varun Gopinath and Melanie Parham, third place, environmental chemistry; Prashanth Saseenthar and Thomas Webster, third place, fossils; and Walter Kim and Varun Gopinath, third place, remote sensing.
Congratulations to the Wheeler Debate Team!
Congratulations to Shyam Shanker and Daniel Kreus of the Wheeler Debate Team who advanced to the Varsity Policy Semifinal round at the Milton High School Eagle Classic on January 15 and 16! They also were awarded 8th and 9th place Speaker Awards.
Congratulations to Jason McElrath and Abigail Halim, who are 2009 state winners of the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement. They will receive a $2,000 college scholarship from the Siemens Foundation. The award is based on their performance in AP math and science.
Congratulations to the teachers and students of Wheeler High School! Wheeler was recognized by the Georgia Department of Education with the Platinum Greatest Gains Award. This award recognizes schools that showed the greatest improvement in scores on the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT) and are awarded on four levels -- Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Wheeler also won the Gold Highest Performance Award which is given to schools that have a very high percentage of students meeting test standards
Congratulations to Darpan Patel,'10, who was named a Semifinalist for the Intel Science Talent Search. He was one of 300 selected from a pool of 1700 nationally and one of three in Georgia. He is the only one from Cobb County. Darpan and Wheeler will receive $1000 dollars. On Jan 27 40 of these 300 will be selected as finalists to compete in DC for awards up to $100,000.
Congratulations to Zack Terry,'10 for scoring a perfect 36 on the Reading and Science portions of the ACT.
Congratulations to this year's ECCC PTA Reflections winners and those who received honorable mention. Good luck at the state level. Literature: 9th Grade Finalist Lucy Zhang, 10th Grade Finalist Megan Robertson, 11th Grade Finalist Lisa Gaines, 12th Grade Honorable Mention Noah Levine, Photography: 9th Grade Finalist Jasmin Mohammed, 11th Grade Honorable Mention Catherine Lide, Finalist James Nagendran
Congratulations to Sara Dada, '13, who wrote an article for a contest sponsored by Teen Ink Magazine. Her article was accepted onto the website and was the top-voted essay, featured on the front page. The article will be published in the January edition of the magazine. Check her article out at:
Congratulations to Alex Miller,'11, and Peter Danis,'13. They have been cast in the musical, Striking 12, for Act 3 Productions' new black-box theater opening in Sandy Springs. Performances run January 7-9 (Thursday-Saturday); for information and tickets, visit the website: http://www.act3productions.org/
Congratulations to Brianna Jordan,'10, who has been selected as a 2010 recipient of the National NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. This award recognizes her computing-related aspirations and demonstrated, outstanding aptitude and interest in information
technology/computing; solid leadership ability; good academic history; and
plans for post-secondary education.
Congratulations to Kelsey Maloney,'11, for setting a new Wheeler High School record in the 200 IM at this weekend's Cobb/Gwinnett Challenge Swim Meet.
Congratulations to the Wheeler Robotics Team, The CircuitRunners, for winning the following awards at the South's BEST Tournament
2nd Place for Video Design Competition
1st Place for Engineering Notebook
1st Place for Spirit & Sportsmanship
3rd Place Overall for the BEST Award
Rhodes Scholar, Grace Tiao, '04
Magnet Alumnus, Grace Tiao, received a full scholarship to study mathematics and statistics at the University of Oxford in England under the Rhodes program.
Rhodes Scholarship Info
Congratulations to Magnet teacher, Mr. David Platt, who was named one of only ten semi-finalists nationally for the Shell Science Teaching Award. This award recognizes one outstanding classroom teacher (grades K-12) who has had a positive impact on his or her students, school and the community through exemplary science teaching. We wish him the best as he is considered for the next round.
Congratulations to the following students who will represent Wheeler in the state interviews for the 2010 Governor’s Honors Program on Feb. 6: Alex Miller, technology; Josh Schwartz, technology; Cathy Brock, technology; and Allison Platner, drafting and design.
Congratulations to Shyam Shanker and Daniel Kreus of the Wheeler Debate Team who were Varsity Policy semifinalists at the Fayette County High School ‘Classic Tournament’ on November 13 and 14! Shyam was also awarded the 4th place Speaker Award.
Magnet Learning Links is a new peer tutoring program designed specifically for magnet students. It is the brainchild of Michelle Lee, Luben Raytchev, Melanie Wanigatunga, and Sindhuja Surapaneni who developed and organized the program through the Leadership Club. Magnet Learning Links will be held on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:45 in room 512. Presently, tutoring will be in Math 1 and Math 2, Magnet Physics, Magnet Biology, and Magnet Chemistry. Teacher-approved magnet tutors provide instruction within their specialty areas. A list of approved tutors and their specialty areas will be available soon so students can also contact these tutors for help outside of the Wednesday sessions.
Congratulations to the Wheeler High School Robotics Team, the CircuitRunners! At the Georgia BEST State Robotics Championship this weekend,
they took home 1st Place for Spirit & Sportsmanship, 1st Place for Table Display & Interviews & 1st place overall for the BEST Award!
The CircuitRunners now go on to represent the State of Georgia in the National Championships at Auburn University in December.
"The science guy: Wheeler High student has it all and more" Darpan Patel is spotlighted in the AJC's Get Schooled Blog. Read More
Siemens Science Competition Finalists
Congratulations to Darpan Patel,'10, who was named a Siemens Regional Finalist, and Sindhuja Surapaneni,'10, who was named a Semifinalist in the 2009 Siemens Competition.
View the list of our National Science Award Winners
Wheeler High School had the highest AP Test passing rate in Cobb County! Our students passed 82% of the AP Tests taken in 2009 with a score of 3 or above.
Congratulations to Wheeler Debate Team members Shyam Shanker and Daniel Kreus, who were varsity policy semifinalists at Grady High School’s Quest Tournament on Nov. 6 and 7.
Congratulations to the Wheeler Reflections winners: literature, 9th-graders Jasim Mohammed and Lucy Zhang, 10th-graders Megan Robertson and Sameer Mishra, 11th-graders Violeta Dimov and Lisa Gaines, and 12th-graders Katie McCreery and Noah Levine; music, 9th-grader Divya Achtani; visual arts, 11th-grader Shikha Upreti; and photography, 9th-grader Jasim Mohammed, 10th-grader Greg Settens, 11th-graders Catherine Lide and James Nagendran, and 12th-graders Crystal Kim and Pranay Udutha.
Congratulations and good luck to Allie Brackin,'11, who placed second in the Region Cross Country Championship and is competing this weekend in the Georgia State Cross Country Championship. Way to go, Allie!
Congratulations to the following students who passed the first-round audition for All-State Orchestra: Conor Artman, bass; Joshua Chao, violin; Shaun Goh, violin; Gabe Grisham, violin; Kaitlyn Murdock, violin; Eunmin Park, violin; and Ben Yao, violin. The second-round audition will take place in January, and the All-State event will be in March in Savannah. Also, congratulations to the following violinists who were selected to be a part of the Cobb County Honor Orchestra: Shaun Goh, Sameer Mishra, Eunmin Park, Pradeep Prathibha and Ben Yao. The county concert, showcasing Cobb’s best string students, will take place Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Kennesaw Mountain High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.
Kudos to Wheeler Orchestra Director Dr. Dwayne Wasson and Magnet students Gabe Grisham, Maychee Zah and Kelsey Maloney, who performed in a demonstration at the Fox before the Itzhak Perlman Concert this past Tuesday. They did a great job representing Wheeler High School in the Atlanta fine arts community.
The first Magnet Honors Night was held Tuesday, October 20. Over 70 students were honored for either having the highest average or being most improved in a Magnet class during Spring Semester, 2009. The Center for Advanced Studies Foundation sponsored this event and will be continuing this new tradition after each semester.
Congratulations to Michelle Lee,'11, who has been selected as one of this year's outstanding young leaders in the 20 Under 20 Class of 2009 by 21st Century Leaders in partnership with Atlanta’s 40 Under 40. Students chosen have demonstrated leadership through organizing a business, non-profit, or community initiative that makes an impact on the greater community and serve as a positive example to other young people.
Congratulations to our 17 National Merit Semifinalists, 6 National Achievement Semifinalists, and 29 Commended Students!
National Merit Semifinalists: Brian Boda, Holly Brackin, Andrew Brock, Adam Cross, Jennifer Dou, Andrew Gaynor, Abigail Halim, Aaron Kauffman, Christopher Leinweber, Noah Levine, Mengjie Liu, Jason McElrath, Darpan Patel, Jeffrey Seiden, Faaiqa Shaw, Pranay Udutha, Maychee Zah
National Achievement Semifinalists: Nowa Ajayi, Gabrielle Brown, Drew Carrington, Uriah Ellis, Brianna Jordan, Niya McCray
National Merit Commended: Lisa Altshul, Shejuti Banik, Austin Blouin, Drew Carrington, Ahona Chatterjee, Jaclyn D’Avanzo, Matthew Gordon, Gabriel Grisham, Brianna Jordan, Alison Lane, Stephanie Lui, Kathryn McCreery, Kyla Mohler, Jacob Moxley, Lucas Needel, Kristyn Prescott, Sahil Ramakrishnan, Luben Raytchev, Eric Robinson, Prasanth Saseenthar, Scott Saunders, Cosmolyn Sewell, Shyam Shanker, Garrett Stache, Sindhuja Surapaneni, Evan Taylor, Valeria Yalysheva, Emily Zoino
National Achievement Commended: Adaugo Amah
Congratulations to William Hasty Kirk, '13, who competed on October 4 in the Iron Kids Triathlon National Championships (Junior version of the Iron Man Triathlon) in Tucson, Arizona. William placed 5th, which means that he is ranked 5th in the nation in his age category.
Members of Wheeler Debate Team had a successful tournament September 25 and 26 at Chattahoochee High School's 'Cougar Classic.' Congratulations to Daniel Kreus and Kelbie Winther - JV Policy finalists and Shyam Shanker and Matt Hagerty - Varsity Policy semifinalists. Daniel Kreus also received 2nd place Speaker Award in Novice Policy.
Congratulations to our newest 800 Club member, Luben Raytchev, who scored 800 on the writing portion of the SAT. We have had 58 students make an 800 on one or more sections of the SAT since 2003. View the full list of 800 Club members.
Congratulations to our newest 800 Club members, Jennifer Dou, Aaron Kauffman and Noah Levine. Jennifer scored 800's on both the Critical Reading & Writing sections of the SAT, Aaron scored an 800 on the Critical Reading portion and Noah scored an 800 on the math section.
Magnet alumnus, Owen Sweitzer,' 08, was featured in "US Leagues" for his work in establishing Kraken Water Polo. View the article here
Congratulations to Prashanth Saseenthar, our newest 800 Club member. He scored an 800 on the Math portion of the SAT. We have had 54 students make an 800 on one or more sections of the SAT since 2003. View the full list of 800 Club members.
There have been exciting new changes made to our Homeroom/Advisement model at Wheeler this year. Important and pertinent information is being shared with your child during these times. Click on this link to see the information being presented this semester. We encourage you to get involved and ask your child to discuss the information and handouts with you.
Congratulations to Dillon O'Connell who was selected as a member of the All American Water Polo Second Team by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America.
Congratulations to the Wheeler students who will be receiving an academic letter award for the 08 -09 school year. The WHS Academic Letter is awarded to those students who have achieved a grade point average greater than or equal to 4.0 for each of both semesters in the academic year. We commend these students for their dedication to academic excellence. Click here to view the recipients.
Congratulations to the 3 newest members of the 800 Club! Lucas Needel '10 and Jason McElrath '10 scored 800 on the Math portion of the SAT and Kyla Mohler scored an 800 on the Critical Reading section. We have had 52 students make an 800 on one or more sections of the SAT since 2003. View the full list of 800 Club members.
Congratulations to Matt Rodencal, who received a Presidential Scholarship to UAH, Univ. of Al at Huntsville.
Congratulations to Stephen Liu who scored an 800 in the Math and Writing sections of the SAT in October of 2008. We apologize to Stephen for not including his name in previous issues. We have had 53 students make an 800 on one or more sections of the SAT since 2003.
Congratulations to Michael Delvin who has been selected as one of sixteen incoming freshmen at Georgia Tech to receive the Georgia Institute of Technology Biomolecular Engineering, Science, and Technology (BEST) scholarship. BEST Scholars must be enrolled as a full time student pursuing a bachelor's degree in one of the following majors at the Georgia Institute of Technology: BME, CHBE, CHEM, BIOL, BCHM. BEST Scholars must reside in the BEST living and learning housing community on the Georgia Tech campus for fall 2009 and spring 2010 terms.
Wheeler High School was named one of the Top Schools in the nation by Newsweek Magazine. Newsweek has posted their Top High Schools List for 2009. “Public schools are ranked according to a ratio devised by Jay Mathews: the number of Advanced Placement, Intl. Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2008 divided by the number of graduating seniors. All of the schools on the list have an index of at least 1.000; they are in the top 6 percent of public schools measured this way.” View the complete list of the 1,500 top U.S. high schools
Congratulations to our 2 newest members of the 800 Club! Jonathan Gopel scored 800 on the Math portion of the SAT and Andrew Brock scored an 800 on both the Math and Critical Reading sections. We have had 49 students make an 800 on one or more sections of the SAT since 2003. View the full list of 800 Club members.
Congratulations to the students elected officers for next year's Student Council: Peter Moot, president; Chandi Duphare, first vice president; Niya McCray, second vice president; and Andrea Ousley, secretary.
Magnet senior Wynton Redmond received a Gold Medal in Visual Arts in the drawing category at the NAACP ACT-SO Cobb County competition at Kennesaw State University on April 25. Wynton will take part in the national competition in New York City in mid-July. Suzanne Yates is Wynton's mentor and coach.
Congratulations to Wheeler's four-person varsity math team, which finished sixth in Georgia on April 25. The team members are Santhosh Karnik, Max Liu, Sung Kwon and Luna Zhang. Santhosh Karnik also was fifth in the state individually.
Congratulations to Magnet Freshman Cameron Washington who won the region 6AAAAA 800meter Junior Varsity boys championship and was named Boys Rookie of the Year for the 2008 Wildcats cross country team.
Congratulations to Peter Deng, who finished third in the AB competition, and to Venkat Goli, who finished third in the A competition, for their success at the statewide Georgia Tech AP Computer Science Bowl on April 18.
At the Leadership Club Lunch and Learn on April 14, 34 students became the first recipients of the Wheeler community service letter in recognition of doing at least 30 hours of documented Wheeler service this school year. Allison Toller, administrative assistant to Cobb County Superintendent Fred Sanderson, presented the service letters to the following students: freshmen Tobi Akindojo, Adam Lowe and Benjamin Yao; sophomores Bethany Crooks, Sarah Dobbins, Nile Kang, Michelle Lee, Kathy Lim, Mala Morjaria, Jasmine Riazati and Luna Zhang; juniors Emily Ambrose, Austin Blouin, Drew Carrington, Amanda Chang, Angela Chang, Blair Erickson, Renato Ferreira, Heather Foreman, Varun Gopinath, Emily Hays, Chris Leinweber, Ross Regitsky, Taylor Revere, Chelsea Sexton, Trisha Smith, Pranay Udutha and Melanie Wanigatunga; and seniors Monet Baden-Nuttall, Christine Choi, Michael Delvin, Bryan Harwood, Josafa Lemes and Jake Tabor.
Congratulations to the following students for being chosen 2009 Governor's Honors Program finalists! Ahona Chatterjee, French; Amruta Divan, Spanish; Pranay Udutha, Social Studies; Niya McCray, Communicative Arts; Conor Artman, Music/Jazz (Elec. Bass); Sam Gantt, Design; Kyle Fender, Technology and Peter Moot, Design. The Governor's Honors Program is a six-week summer instructional program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year.
Congratulations to Darpan Patel, '10 who scored a perfect 800 on the Critical Reading and Writing portions of the SAT. We know have 47 students who have scored an 800 on one or more sections of the SAT since 2004. View 800 Club
Congratulations to Wheeler's Science Olympiad Team who placed 7th in the state at Emory University on April 4. Wheeler was one of 29 top teams invited to the state tournament based on their 2nd place regional finish.
Two of Wheeler's Odyssey of the Mind teams placed at the state tournament.
The Earth Trek team placed 1st in the state and will advance to World Finals at Iowa State University in May. The coach is Kimberly Cahil. Team members include Evan Cahill, DJ Francis, Melanie Parham, Greg Pace, Hannah Nicholson, Kedar Rao, and Catherine Lide.
The Shock Waves team held 520 pounds on their 18 gram structure and placed 3rd. It was coached by Charles Hawkins. Its members are Alex Miller, Tiffany Zhang, Rev Rameshkumar, Ryan Turner, Dhruv Karunakaren, Christian Kinney, and Steffen Christoffersen.
Two Wheeler students were also presented with special OMer awards for exemplifying the Spirit of OM. Jason Rodencal and Evan Cahill were awarded OMers. This is the second highest award given to students at OM competitions.
Also, Charles and Sue Hawkins were awarded the Eddleman Award. It is awarded to one person or group yearly for lifetime achievements at the state level for Odyssey of the Mind. The Hawkins' have been involved with Georgia Odyssey for 18 years and have coached the Wheeler team for 7 years.
Congratulations to Hena Haines and Michael Delvin who will be recognized on April 23 by the Cobb County Board of Education at 7pm. These students are the Wheeler recipients of the Cobb Educational Foundation Scholarships. The Board of Education will also be recognizing the nationally ranked Wheeler Robotics Team, the CircuitRunners for their achievements.
Congratulations to Richard Fedora and Mark Gurevich who have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists. They are in the top 1% of the 1.4 million students who entered the PSAT/National Merit Qualifying competition.
Congratulations to Wheeler's National Achievement Scholarship finalists Vincent James, Wynton Redmond, and Amber Reynolds. The National Achievement® Scholarship Program is an academic competition established to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students.
Congratulations to Wheeler junior Katie McCreery who finished first among 11th-graders for her entry in the 2009 Cobb County Writing Fair. Katie's entry was a short story titled "Two Weeks From Last Thursday." She advances to the Young Georgia Authors Competition for 2009.
Congratulations to Olivia Maurice who is signing to play Division I tennis for Furman University and is also the recipient of Furman's Alden Pre-Engineering Scholarship.
Congratulations to Michael Delvin for being named a recipient of the Cobb County Schools Educational Foundation Scholarship.
Congratulations to Hena Haines, Wheeler's winner of the Eastern Cobb County Council PTA/Margie Hatfield Scholarship.
Congratulations to Thurston Sandberg who participated in the county level GMTA (Georgia Music Teacher's Association) piano competition at Agnes Scott College on Saturday, March 7th. He received an OP (Outstanding Performance) and will go on to compete at the state level in mid April at KSU.
Congratulations to the Wheeler Robotics Team, The CircuitRunners, who won the Engineering Inspiration Award at the US FIRST FRC Peachtree Regional Competition. This award and the robot's performance earned them a trip to the International US FIRST FRC Championships to be held in the Georgia Dome on April 16 -18.
Wheeler's Science Olympiad "A " Team placed 2nd in the region beating out public and private school teams from all over the metro area. In addition, Wheeler's B Team placed 5th, making it the first time in recent memory that one high school has had two teams in the TOP 5. Wheeler's team will advance to the state Science Olympiad Tournament on April 4th at Emory. Wheeler Science Olympiad sponsors are Ms. Season Smith and Ms. Andrea Hawes.
Congratulations to both of Wheeler's Odyssey of the Mind Teams, Hercules and Superstitions, who placed second and fifth at the regional competition and will advance to the State Finals on April 4. The Hercules team members are Alex Walters, Cheyenne Dadmann, David Reese, Joe Sharp, Annabel Bivens, Jason Rodencal, and Jonathan Thomas, coached by Charles Hawkins. The Superstitions team members are Annabel Bivens, Gab Woods, Jason Rodencal, Lily Peng, Amy Holmes, Danielle Booker, and Jasmine Riazati, coached by Wendy Blumenthal and Charles Hawkins.
Congratulations to social studies teacher Dave Slater, who was chosen as a Star Teacher by this year's Wheeler Star Student, Stephen Liu. Both were honored at a banquet Feb. 23 sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. Stephen described Mr. Slater's classroom as "academic nirvana."
Congratulations to Venkat Goli, Santhosh Karnik, Chris Leinweber, Max Liu, and Luna Zhang for their high scores on the AMC 12 exam and to Wayne Lu for his outstanding score on the AMC 10. The 75-minute exam was given on February 10 and is part of a national mathematics competition sponsored by the Mathematics Association of America. These six students have qualified for the three-hour American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) which will be given at Wheeler on March 17.
Congratulations to the Wheeler students whose art has been accepted as part of the Atlanta High School Art Exhibit at this year's Dogwood Festival, April 17-19, Natalie Callahan,'11, Jenna Smalls,'12, Jasmine Irby,'12, Billy Burlas,'09, Hena Haines,'09, Amber Krebsbach,'10,Caitlin Wood,'09.
Congratulations to junior wrestler Peter Moot, who finished third in the 152-pound weight class at the sectional meet to advance to the state tournament at the Gwinnett Center. Peter went 2-2 at the state meet, with both losses coming against wrestlers who finished in the top four.
Our Post-AP DNA/Genetics Program is compiling student laboratory research
for publication in scientific journal format.This journal will be published quarterly and
will enjoy a wide distribution throughout Cobb County and other Metro Atlanta areas. Sponsors and advertisers are needed. Get more info.
Congratulations to Cindy Wang,'09, and Samuel Lui,'09, for winning 2nd Place in Non-Animated Graphic Design at the 2009 Cobb EMC Regional Technology Fair, and Sam also won 3rd Place Technology Literature Challenge.
In Business Week's
"America's Best High Schools" issue, Wheeler is ranked as the top rated public high school
in Georgia in the category of Parent's Choice. Read
School was chosen as one of the top 10 High Schools
in metro Atlanta for Math & Science,
Fine Arts and Sports by Atlanta Magazine.
Congratulations to Kelsey Maloney,'11, who broke a 13-year-old record to set a new Wheeler High School record in the 500 Freestyle at the 2009 Georgia State AAAAA Swim and Dive Championships.
The Wheeler Debate team had another successful tournament at Marist School on January 31, 2009. Dami Aladesanmi was a Co-Champion in the Varsity Policy Debate, and Shyam Shanker received the 4th place Individual Speaker Award. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Zach Fenster,'11, who won the One Love Tennis Championship of Norcross last weekend!
Congratulations to Michelle
Lee who has been selected as a flutist in
the 2009 All-State Band.
Congratulations to Wheeler
Debate Team! At the tournament at Milton High School
on January 15-16 Matt Hagerty and Shyam Shanker won the JV Policy division
and Danny Kreus and Karan
Pahawa made it in into the semifinals.
Congratulations to Gabe
Grisham for being selected for the 2009 All-State
Congratulations to the Science Olympiad team for its
performance this month at Duluth High School's invitational. Venkat Goli and Rev Rameshkumar finished first in Electric Vehicle. Finishing
second were Aaron Kauffman and Sindhu
Pusulri in Astronomy, Jassie Dhillon and Venkat Goli in Chemistry Lab, Aaron Kauffman and Dhruv
Patel in Dynamic Planet, and Santhosh
Karnik and Rev Rameshkumar in Technical Problem Solving. Varun Gopinath and Dhruv Patel finished third in
BEST Robotics Team wins at South's BEST Regional Tournament
in Auburn Wheeler took third place in table
display and interviews and third place in the tournament's
top award, the BEST Award. In addition, the CircuitRunners
were named winners of the Southern Style Award, the
top honor awarded to Wheeler by the 50 participating
Magnet Advisory Board (MAB) President, and Mala
Morjaria, MAB Secretary, present gift cards
donated by Wheeler Magnet Families to Ms Julie Lance,
school social worker. The gift card drive was the
idea of the Magnet Advisory Board, who plan to make
it an annual tradition. Over $1,100.00 was raised
to help those in need this holiday season.
Wheeler's 2009 STAR Student, Stephen Liu.
Forrest Tuttle ' 09, who scored
an 800 on the Writing portion of the SAT. We
now have a total of 44 students beginning with the
Class of 2004 that have scored an 800 on one or
more portions of the SAT.
the Wheeler Debate Team! At the competition at Carrollton
High School on November 21-22, Matt Hagerty
and Shyam Shanker were the champions
in JV Policy. In addition, Matt received 2nd place
Individual Speaker Award and Shyam received 3rd
the Wheeler Debate Team for another great tournament
at Sequoyah High School on November 8! Adam
Cross and Darpan Patel
won the Varsity Policy Debate, and Darpan also received
the first place individual speaker award, Adam was
6th. Rose Marie McCarty and Luba
Valkova made it into the semifinals in
the Novice Policy division. Several Wheeler students
received individual speaker awards in JV and Policy
divisions, including Shyam Shanker (2nd
place JV) and Karan Pahawa (2nd
to Allison Brackin,' 11, who finished
28th in the state 5A cross-country championships
Nov. 8 despite being only a sophomore.
Wheeler Circuitrunners won 1st
place for Spirit & Sportsmanship, 1st Place
for Engineering Presentation, Most Creative Robotic
Design, 5th Place for the Robotic Competition &
2nd Place Overall for the prestigious BEST Award
on Saturday, October 25 at The Georgia State BEST
Robotics Competition, at SPSU. There
were over 32 teams competing from around the state.
The team qualified for the Regional Event, South's
BEST at Auburn University on December 13th.
our newest members of the 800 Club. Chris
Leinweber,' 10, who scored an 800 on both
the Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT
and Michelle Lee,' 11, who scored
800 on the Critical Reading section of the SAT.
That brings our 800 Club total up to 45 members!
the Wheeler Science Bowl Team,
who finished 2nd overall, and 1st for schools from
the State of Georgia at the 2008 Walton Invitational
Science Competition at Walton High School against
teams from Georgia and several neighboring states.
They will advance to the State Competition in February.
to the following seniors for scoring a perfect 800
on a section of the SAT: Stephen Bracca
(Math), Santosh Karnik (Math),
Jacob Dubin (Verbal), Richard
Westinghouse Science Competition
Congratulations to Hena Haines
' 09 and Cindy Wang ' 09 who were
named 2008-09 Siemens Westinghouse Competition Semifinalists.
They were 2 of the 8 semifinalist named in Georgia
and the only semifinalists in Cobb County.
Vincent James, Wynton Redmond, Amber Reynolds
and Phillip Tyler for being selected
as National Achievement Scholarship semifinalists.
The National Achievement® Scholarship Program
is an academic competition established to provide
recognition for outstanding Black American high
school students. Our students were selected from
an initial pool of about 150,000 qualifying students
based on their PSAT scores taken during their junior
year. Of all of the schools in Cobb County, Wheeler
had the most students selected as scholarship semifinalists.
the following students who will represent Wheeler
at the county level of the Governor's Honors Program
in the area of Career Tech: Peter Moot,
design; Sam Gantt, design;
Kyle Fender, technology; and Jeffrey
Lu, technology (alternate).
to our National Merit Semifinalists and Commended
National Merit Semifinalists: Richard Fedora,
Mark Gurevich, & Stephen Fry.
National Merit Commended Students: Stephen
Bracca, Gregory Cobb, Aaron Fan, Venkat Goli, Stephen
Liu, Anastasia Marchenkova, Olivia Maurice, Jacob
Panfel, Kevin Robertson, and Dwight Stewart.
Hena Haines,' 09, for scoring a
perfect 36 on the Math and Science portions of the
of 2008 had the 2nd highest ACT composite score
in Cobb County. Wheeler's composite score
was 23.7 and the Magnet Class of 2008 had a composite
score of 28. Our scores were above the Cobb (22.0),
State (20.6) and National (21.1) averages.
School Ranked in Top 5% of Schools Nationwide by
Newsweek Magazine! Only 1,358 schools made
the list, based on a ‘Challenge Index’
devised by Newsweek that gauges participation rates
for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate
and Cambridge tests. More information about the
list of America’s Top Public High Schools,
including the selection criteria and FAQs, is available
the Wheeler Wildcat Water Polo Team
who finished second in the state. The Georgia High
School Water Polo Association named Dillan
O’Connell the 2008 Most Valuable
Player. Dillan and Matt Czerwonka
were named All-State players. Dillan, Matt,
Alex Olbrych, Robert Hobbs, Julie Sliwinski and
Chelsea Sexton earned spots in the All-Star
Game on Oct. 6.
the Wheeler Debate Team. Members
of Wheeler Debate Team had another successful tournament
at Calhoun, GA on October 3-4. Congratulations to
Danny Kreus and Kelbie
Winther - Novice Policy finalists (and
undefeated the whole tournament!), Rose
Marie McCarty and Luba Valkova
- Novice Policy quarterfinalists, Anthony
Altshul and Shyam Shanker
- JV Policy semifinalists. Kelbie Winther
also received 2nd place Speaker Award in Novice
Santhosh Karnik,' 09, who placed
first in the state of Georgia in the American Mathematics
Competition which took place last April. He participated
in an 8-hour exam containing questions that was
given over a two-day period. What a significant
accomplishment! We are very proud of him.
magnet teacher, Dr. Tiffany Stark, who
was named the winner of the Carlton J. Kell Scholarship
Award. This award is given annually to one Cobb
County teacher in appreciation of their accomplishments.
to our 2008 seniors who will be moving on to:
Harvard, Princeton, CalTech, Georgia Tech, UGA,
Tulane, Vanderbilt, Auburn, Univ of Pennsylvania,
Emory Univ, Rice Univ, Columbia, Williams College,
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rose-Hulman,
Washington Univ, Southern Adventist Univ, Southern
Methodist, Kennesaw State Univ, North Georgia College
& State Univ, Univ of South Carolina, Georgia
Southern, University of Alabama, Anderson Univ,
Mercer Univ, Southern Poly Tech Univ, Savannah College
of Art & Design, Univ of Nottingham, Univ. of
Portland, Oglethorpe Univ, New York Univ, Hampton
Univ & Samford Univ. We are so proud of you!
View complete matriculation
A group of Wheeler
Magnet students (Luna Zhang, Carmen Deng,
Shruti Patel, Evan Cahill, and Allison
Brackin) have collected generous donations
($500.00) from students, teachers and the Wheeler
community. This money was sent to the Red Cross
Society of China to assist in reconstructing new
and strong school buildings for students and teachers
who have lost their schools due to the devastating
earthquake that occurred in Sichuan, China on May
Michelle Olivier,' 08 who was named
a Parade All America Soccer Player (see Sunday,
May 25, 2008 edition in the AJC). She is the only
female player in Georgia to be named!
our Magnet Director, Dr. Gregg Farmer
and Wheeler teacher, Andrea Hawes,
who received the Above and Beyond Award for the
2007-2008. Each year, the Academic Booster Club
and the PTSA team up to honor 2 faculty or staff
members who have gone “Above & Beyond”,
giving their time and talents to help and encourage
the students at Wheeler High School. The recipients
have been nominated by staff, students or parents.
The winners were announced May 15th at Honors Night.
Congratulations to Senior Shelby Hines,
who placed 3rd in the 400 (time: 56.6 seconds) in
the Class AAAAA Girls Track and Field State Meet.
Santhosh Karnik who
qualified for the prestigious 37th United States
of America Mathematical Olympiad. Only about 500
students nationwide are selected from among nearly
12,000 participants in the AIME. The 9-hour USAMO
exam will be administered at Wheeler in two parts
on April 29th and 30th.
Shannon Mohler (’08), Nishant
Prasadh (’08), Venkat Goli
(’09), Santhosh Karnik
(’09), and Luna Zhang (’11)
who qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics
Examination (AIME) which was administered at Wheeler
Shelby Hines who finished 1st in
the region in the 400 meters. She will compete at
the state track and field meet on May 1. Shelby
also recieved the Verizon Scholarship from Verizon
Olivia Maurice who was interviewed
by the Atlanta Journal Constitution Sportswriter
Philip Giltman. View
the following Governor's Honors Program winners:
Devon Long who was recognized as
the county winner of the Student Teacher Achievement
Recognition or STAR program. The STAR program recognizes
outstanding high school students and the teachers
who have been an important part of their achievement.
Devon and his selected teacher, Gary Ravenscroft,
will go on to compete in the regional competition.
Cindy Wang who won 1st place in
the STATE Technology Fair competition.
the Wheeler F-1 in Schools team of Vanessa
Aguilera, Melanie Wanigatunga, Zachary Reed, Lauren
Kang, and Shannon O'Shea
who won 1st place and Fastest Car in the state finals
in Athens, Ga, last weekend. Their win qualified
them for the National Finals.
Shannon Mohler,' 08, for being
named as a semifinalist in the 2008 Intel Science
Talent Search (Intel STS). Often considered the
"junior Nobel Prize," the Intel STS is
America's oldest, most highly regarded pre-college
science competition and heir to more than six decades
of science excellence. Shannon's research paper
is titled, "Factors that Contribute to the
Increased Sensitivity of Naive T Cells to Fludarabine".
Shannon is Wheeler's
5th Intel semifinalist since 2004.
Jonathan Boardman and William
Kline for placing first in the Cobb Paulding
Regional Science Fair. Their project titled, "Designing
an Effective Method of Tracking and Disabling a
Vehicle using an EMP", also received an award
from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics
Gabe Grisham and Maychee
Zah. They were selected to be a part of
the All State Orchestra to be held in Savannah.
This is a very competitive event. Selection for
participation is a huge honor!
Isaac Rose and Michelle
Lee for their selection into the GMEA All
State Bands this year.
our boys who have been named to the CSCA All-County
Team: Richard Cornelius - 1st Team
and County Diver of the Year, Eric Pictor
- 1st Team, Owen Sweitzer
- 2nd Team, Ryan Sloat - 2nd Team,
Mike Klodnicki - 2nd Team
The dedication of the
Cathie Rees Banks Science Center &
reception in honor of Cathie
Banks was February 4. Ms. Banks was recognized
for her many achievements and years of service,
guidance and support in the field of science education.
the following debate team members for the debate
tournament at Milton High School on February 1-2:
Dami Aladesanmi, ' 11 and Anthony
Altshul, ' 11 tied for first place in novice
policy debate. Anthony Altshul also
won the 2nd place speaker award in the Novice Division.
See our Wheeler students
in the MLK Day Celebration sponsored by the NAACP
County TV 23, beginning January 21 and continuing
to January 30. Look for Vincent James,'
08, and Isaac Rose,' 08.
Michelle Olivier,' 08, who will
be honored with the Bobbie Bailey Award for Athletic
Excellence during Kennesaw State University’s
18th annual celebration of National Girls and Women
in Sports Day on Feb. 4.
Will Kline ' 08, who earned his
Eagle Scout award last week in a ceremony at Troop
James Fernandez who has achieved
the designation of Carolina Master Scholar for the
successful completion of three summer academic programs
in Forensics, Medicine and Visual Arts. He will
receive his Carolina Master Scholar Certificate
from the Provost during an award ceremony at The
University of South Carolina in early December.
Congratulations to freshman Zach Fenster
who won the 18 Year Old Title at the Big Canoe Thanksgiving
Junior Tennis Championship at Jasper/Big Canoe,
Ga. Way to go, Zach!
to the Wheeler Science Olympiad Team!
They placed third, out of 14 teams, at Westminster's
Invitational on Saturday November 10th.
The following students
placed in their events:
1st Astronomy- Matthew Rosenberg & Aaron
1st Circuit Lab- Santosh Karnik & Katie
1st Physics Lab- Santosh Karnik & Varun
2nd Fermi Questions- Santosh Karnik &
2nd Health Science- Walter Kim & Katie
2nd Herpetology- Thomas Webster & Pranay
3rd Cell Biology- Cindy Wang & Michael
3rd Ecology- Cindy Wang & Varun Saseenthar
the orchestra students who participated in the GMEA
Solo/Ensemble Festival on Saturday, October 6. The
following students received a Superior rating: Lisa
Altshul, Shejuti Banik, Tim Carswell, Ahona Chatterjee,
Amruta Divan, Renato Ferreira, John Franklin, Andrew
Gaynor, Zac Goad (2), Gabe Grisham (2), Noah Jaffe,
Rachel Lanquist, Megan Larisch, Makeda Lewis, Thurston
Sandberg (3), LeDarion Thomas, Sophia Veitch, Maychee
Zah. The following students received a
rating of Excellent: Lisa Altshul, Amanda
Chang, Angela Chang, Queenetta-tye Clark, Doug Kim,
Megan Larisch, Sam Lui, Amanda O'Neal. Congratulation
to all students who participated!
the Governor's Honors Program school winners who
will represent Wheeler at the County interviews!
We are very proud of these students and have high
hopes that they will be successful both at the county
and state interviews.
Greg Cobb, Noah Jaffe, Aaron Kauffman
Communicative Arts: Malvika Duphare, Avanda
Francis Katie McCreery
Music: Zachary Goad, Aaron Fan, Thurston
Sandberg, Ahona Chatterjee, Gabe Grishom, Maychee
Theater: Noah Levine, Jonathan Williams
Visual Art: Wynton Redmond
Foriegn Language: Morgana Arantes, Arielle
Arantes, Amruta Divan
Math: Chris Leinweber, Sahil Ramakrishnan
Science: Jake Panfel, Andrew Gaynor, Darpan
Patel, Dwight Stewart
the Wheeler Robotics Team for winning
2nd place BEST overall award at the BEST competition
on October 20. They also won 1st place for Table
Display and Interviews & 3rd place for Project
the 2008 seniors who were recognized by the National
Merit Scholarship Program.
8 students were named
National Merit Semifinalists. These students are
in the top 1% of the 1.4 million students who entered
the SAT/National Merit Qualifying competition, (PSAT/NMSQT):
Mike Klodnicki, Devon Long, Matthew Martos,
Shannon Mohler, Amanda O'Neal, Nishant Prasadh,
John Seewoester, & Katy Wood.
17 students were named
National Merit Commended students. They are in the
top 4% of the 1.4 million students who entered the
SAT/National Merit Qualifying competition, (PSAT/NMSQT):
Jamil Ahmed, Johanna Arnold, Mollie Bryan,
Alexander Cardin, Sabra Cordery, Tom Crawford, Sam
Eisen, Andrea Gillis, Boxer Jones, Jeremy Kent,
Will Kline, Megan Larisch, Ethan Ranney, Alec Regitsky,
Anton Stoyanov, Stanley Wang, & William West
2 Students were named
National Merit Achievement Scholarship Competition
Semifinalists: Enente Ajayi & Andrea
Congratulations to Richard Cornelius
who was selected by the National Interscholastic
Swimming Coaches Association of America, Inc. as
a member of the All America Interscholastic Diving
to Stanley Wang,' 08, for scoring
a perfect 800 on the Math section of the SAT.
the most recent additions to our 800 Club; Devon
Long,' 08, who made a perfect score of
2400, Alec Regitsky,' 08, Jeremy
Kent,' 08, & Shannon Mohler,'
08, who each made an 800 on the Math section of
the SAT, Katy Wood,' 08 made an
800 on the Critical Reading section.
Zach Fenster,' 11, seeded #1, who
won the Country Club of Roswell Ga. Jr. 16yr old
Championship on Aug 3, 2007. Zach is ranked and
has competed in USTA State, Southern and National
USTA Tournaments in the 16yr old division.
to the Formula One team for placing 3rd at the National
Formula One Technology Challenge. Team members Tyler
Gagat, Shannon Mayne, Peter Moot, Shannon O’Shea,
Garrett Stache, Lauren Titus and Melanie Wanigatunga
competed at the F1 in Schools United States National
Championship held in Nashville TN. Peter Moot also
won the Autodesk Inventor Award for the most innovative
car design portfolio.
- July 2007
to Janice Tiao,' 07 for receiving
the first ever Women in Technology (WIT) Foundation
Scholarship. Janice will use the 4-year, non-tuition
scholarship worth $20,000 to pursue an education
in molecular biology with a certificate program
in engineering biology at Princeton University.
to Santosh Karnik,' 09, who competed
in the American Regions Mathematics League Competition
at Penn State as part of the 35 member Georgia team.
The team placed 5th out of 125 national and international
to our Magnet Seniors! They are moving
on to Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Ga.
Tech, UGA, Univ. of Michigan. Savannah College of
Art & Design, University of Pennsylvania, Clemson,
Ga. Southern, The College Conservatory of Music
in Cincinnati, Boston University, Kennesaw State,
Duke, Emory, US Air Force Academy, University of
Southern Alabama, Southern Polytech, UNC - Chapel
Hill, Penn State, Catawba College, Ohio State, Oxford
College of Emory University, Georgia State, Auburn,
& NC State. We wish you all the best!
to the Wheeler Formula One Technology Challenge
Team. They came in 1st place in the state
of Georgia and will go on to compete in the National
competition this summer.
to the Wheeler Geography Bowl Team
for winning 2nd place at the High School Invitational
World Geography Bowl on April 20. Team members are
Brian Boda, Andrew Dawkins, Dillion O'Connell,
Andrew Brock, Pranay Udatha and Luke
to the Wheeler
Science Olympiad Team who placed in the top
three schools at the regional meet and placed 12th
in the state tournament. Many thanks to sponsor
Ms. Season Smith
and parent volunteer Sandra
to Mary Courtney Delvin,' 07, who
was named a Semifinalist in the 2007 United States
Presidential Scholars Program. Mary Courtney was
one of 505 semifinalists chosen from over 2,700
high school seniors nominated nationwide. Selection
is based on superior academic achievements,
leadership qualities, personal character and involvement
in school and community activities. Mary Courtney
was one of only three students in Cobb County and
one of sixteen throughout Georgia to be named a
semifinalist. Finalists will be named in May and
honored at the White House.
Congratulations to the 7 Wheeler Magnet students
who were selected to attend the Governor’s
Honors Program this summer: Matt Rosenberg,
Anastasia Marchenkova, Santosh Karnik, Megan Larisch,
Devon Long, Nishant Prasadh & John Seewoester.
Also congratulations to Michael Delvin
who was named as an alternate in music. Matt
& Anastasia were 2 of the 3 Cobb County students
chosen in the area of Career Tech and Megan and
Devon were 2 out of the 3 Cobb County students chosen
in Biology. Santosh & Nishant were 2 of the
7 Cobb County students chosen in Math and John was
one of the 6 Cobb County students chosen in Social
to the Wheeler Robotics Team, The CircuitRunners
for winning the prestigious Engineering Inspiration
Award at both the VirginiaFIRST Regional on March
3 & the Peachtree Regional on March 17! This
award celebrates outstanding success in advancing
respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers
within a teams school and community. The team also
won the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Peachtree
to Freddy Lu,' 07, for being named as a Semifinalist
as well as a Regional Finalist in the Young Epidemiology
Scholars Competition (YES). In addition, he has
been invited to Washington, D.C. to compete for
a Finalist position. Freddy's research paper was
titled "Prevalence of Human Bocavirus in the
United States" and included data from Rochester,
Nashville, San Diego, and New Haven.
to the following students who qualified to take
the American Invitational Mathematics Exam: Thomas
Crawford,' 08, Stephen Fry,' 09, Santhosh Karnik,'
09, and Darpan Patel,' 10.
Each of these students scored high enough on the
AMC 12 or AMC 10 to qualify to take this national
math test. In order to qualify, students had to
score a 97.5 on the AMC12 or a 117 on the AMC10.
to the Wheeler CircuitRunners VEX team
for winning the FIRST Vex Challenge Inspire Award,
the highest award given at the Georgia state competition.
This award is given to the team the judges view
that best exemplifies all components of the FIRST
Vex Challenge philosophy, excels at the game challenge,
acts with gracious professionalism and also understands
how to communicate their experiences and knowledge
to other teams, and the judges. Based on their robot
performance, the team was 2nd seed going into the
finals round of the competition. Their win earned
a berth at the FIRST Vex Challenge World Championship
Event, to be held April 12-13, 2007. Find
to the Wheeler Sinfonia Orchestra and
the Wheeler Chamber Orchestra who
performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association
festival on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Both orchestras
rated a Superior--the highest score you can achieve!
Congratulations to Freddy Lu,'
07 who scored 800 on both the Verbal and Math sections
of the SAT.
Congratulations to our magnet seniors who were
named to Who's Who Among Students in American
High Schools and were chosen as Senior
Superlatives. The list includes Blair Kim,
Freddy Lu, Katie O'Shea, Mary Courtney Delvin, Janice
Tiao, Sarah Riazati, Charles Bay, Devin Lyman, Vanessa
to the Wheeler Science Olympiad team
for winning 3rd place overall at the competition
on Saturday, February 24. The team won first place
in Chem Lab, Oceanography, Rocks & minerals
& Wright stuff; 2nd place in Astronomy, Boomaliver,
Etymology, Five Star Science, Forensics, Remote
Sensing & Write it, Do it; 3rd place in Disease
Detective; & 4th place in Circuit Lab, Designer
Genes, Ecology, & Fermi Questions.
to Wheeler's STAR student, Janice Tiao,
' 07, and her STAR Teacher, David Slater,
AP US Government teacher. Top SAT scorers at Cobb
high schools have been nominated as state STAR students,
sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia
Educators. Student nominees share the spotlight
with a teacher they have named who has helped them
in their academic career.
to Wheeler's 9 National Merit Finalists: Mary
Courtney Delvin, Caitlin East, Allison Gooch, Kristy
Kao, Frank Li, Freddy Lu, Jake Robertson, Janice
Tiao, and Jasmine Ye.
to our newest 800 Club members, Katie O'Shea,'
07 and Vanessa Ng,' 07. Katie & Vanessa
received 800 on the Writing portion of the SAT.
We now have a total of 33 students beginning with
the Class of 2004 that have scored an 800 on one
or more portions of the SAT.
to Vanessa Ng for being selected
as a semifinalist for the 2006-07 Coca-Cola Scholars
to Janice Tiao, ' 07, for being
named as a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent
Search (Intel STS). Often considered the "junior
Nobel Prize," the Intel STS is America's oldest,
most highly regarded pre-college science competition
and heir to more than six decades of science excellence.
to the following debate team members for their success
at the Milton High School debate tournament held
on January 19 & 20. Novice division Abigail
Halim and Sindhuja Surapaneni
5th place team, Abigail won the 12th place speaker
award. Junior Varsity: Darpan Patel
and Adam Cross 12th place
team Varsity:Mark Gurevich -
1st place speaker award
to wrestler, Peter Moot.' 10, He
placed 5th in our Region. He is the alternate for
the 112 weight class for the state tournament this
week in the Gwinnett Arena.
Congratulations to Richard Cornelius, '
08, who finished 6th at the State
competition! He also set another school record with
scoring over 400
points and again qualifying for All American.
Congratulations to Robbie Turner,' 07, Owen
Sweitzer,' 08 for finishing 14th in the
Boys 400 free relay and for ranking 25th in the
State Championship 5th place! Congratulations to
Varsity debate team members Kevin Plattenburg
'07, Mark Gurevich '09, Caitlin
East '07 and John Otsuki '08
for their 5th place team finish at the GFCA State
meet on February 9 and 10 at Chattahoochee High
to the following students who were chosen to participate
in the District 12 Honor Band: Amber Reynolds,
Andrew Boyd - 9/10 Concert Clinic Band,
Cindy Wang, Jeffrey Seiden, Jenna Ball,
Thomas Duggins, Jake McCabe - 9/10 Concert
Honor Band, Uma Morjaria, Maya Robinson
- 11/12 Symphonic Clinic Band, Allison Gooch,
Isaac Rose, Tait Blanchard, Shannon Mohler -
Symphonic Honor Band
Congratulations to Jenna Ball, Thomas Duggins,
Jake McCabe , Isaac Rose, & Shannon Mohler for
making 2nd round of All State auditions.
Congratulations to Allison Gooch
for being selected to participate in All State Band.
Congratulations to the following Wheeler Swim and
Dive team members who qualified to compete in the
State Prelims on Thursday, February 8, at the Westminster
School: Richard Cornelius, Eric Pictor,
Owen Sweitzer, Rob Turner, Ryan Sloat, Brian Boda,
Mike Klodnicki, Steven West, John Franklin, Lacey
Turner, Blair Erickson, Hunter Jones, Chelsea Sexton,
to Mary Courtney Delvin for being
selected as one of 35 seniors in Georgia as a candidate
for the Presidential Scholars Program. Approximately
2600 seniors nationwide are nominated. Approximately
140 will be chosen as Presidential Scholars. They
will go to the White House in May for ceremonies
if chosen. Learn
Congratulations to Gabe Grisham,'
10 for being selected to be a part of the Georgia
Music Educator's All State Orchestra. The event
will take place in Savannah on March 1-3.
Congratulations to Richard Cornelius,'
08 for being this year's Cobb County boys diving
High School was named one of the Top 32 High Schools
in Georgia by Atlanta Magazine. Wheeler
scored high in numerous areas, including : Schools
offering the most advanced math courses, schools
earning the most robotics awards, schools with
the most recognized math and science magnet programs,
schools earning the most journalism and literary
awards, schools offering the most musical ensembles,
and of course, schools with the best basketball
team. Wheeler was compared to the most affluent
and selective private and public schools in the
seven county metro Atlanta area and was named
in the top 32 Most Outstanding.
to the CircuitRunners!
Wheeler High School's Robotics Team, The CircuitRunners,
did it again at the South's
BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology)
Competition in Auburn on Saturday. 44 teams from
Georgia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida,
Tennessee, Illinois, & Louisiana were competing.
The CircuitRunners won the following awards:
Place - BEST Award
1st Place - Project Engineering Notebook
Southern Company's Southern Style Award
to the Wheeler's Varsity Math Team
who placed 3rd overall in the Winter Cobb County
Math Tournament and to Santhosh Karnik,
who placed 2nd individually.
Congratulations to the Wheeler JV Math
Team for their 1st place win at the Winter
Cobb County Math Tournament and to Chris
Leinweber, who placed 2nd individually
and Darpan Patel, who placed 3rd.
to Wheeler's 2007 County Governor's Honors Program
Winners. These students were successful in competing
against nominees from all of the county’s
high schools. Winning at the county level is a significant
achievement! In order to attend the six-weeks summer
Governor’s Honors Program, these candidates
will face one more challenge: the state GHP interviews
to be held over several weekends in late January
and early February. We wish them the best of luck.
Michael Delvin – Cello, Faraz
Jamal – Technology, Santosh
Karnik - Math, Megan Larisch
- Biology, Devon Long - Biology,
Nishant Prasadh - Math, Anastasia
Marchenkova – Technology, Jake
Panfel – Chemistry, Matt
Rosenberg – Design, John
Seewoester – Social Studies, Mark
Smyda – Biology, Ivanna Tate
- Theater, Matt Torchia –
to the Wheeler JV Math Team for winning 2nd place
at the Cobb County Invitational. Also congratulations
to Chris Leinweber,' 10 who placed
5th in JV and Nishant Prasadh,'
08 who placed 8th in Varsity.
Congratulations to the Varsity Math Team for winning
3rd place at the Winter Cobb County Math Tournament
and to Santhosh Karnik,' 09, who
placed 2nd individually. Also congratulations to
the JV Math Team for winning 1st place at the same
tournament and Chris Leinweber,'
10 and Darpan Patel,' 10 who placed
2nd and 3rd respectively.
Congratulations to the Varsity Debate Team for receiving
an invitation to compete in the prestigious Glenbrooks
Debate Tournament in Chicago, Illinois the weekend
before Thanksgiving, Nov. 17th-20th. The teams of
Mark Gurevich,' 09 and Kevin
Plattenburg,' 07 and Nithya Amaraneni,'
08, and John Otsuki,' 08, will
be representing Wheeler in this tournament and we
wish them the best of luck.
Congratulations to the following debate team members
who excelled at the Cougar Classic Debate Tournament
at Chattahoochee High School on Nov. 10 & 11. Nithya
Amaraneni '08 and John Otsuki
'08 Varsity - Octafinalists, Malvika Duphare
'10 and Allison Lane '10 - Novice
Quarterfinalists, Chandni Duphare
'10 and Amruta Divan '10 - Novice
Octafinalists Adam Cross. '10 and
Darpan Patel,'10 - Novice Octafinalists.
Top speaker awards in the Novice division included
four Wheeler freshmen: Adam Cross,
'10 - 2nd place, Darpan Patel -
3rd place, Alison Lane,'10 - 8th
place, Amruta Divan,'10 - 9th place
to the Wheeler Robotics Team, the CircuitRunners,
for taking second place in the state for the coveted
Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology, BEST
Award. The team now travels to Auburn University
on December 8 and 9 to compete in the regional tournament
against teams from Florida, Tennessee, Pennsylvania,
Illinois, Ohio, Mississippi, and Alabama and Georgia
. The BEST Build team members include : Alina
Zelikovskaya Greg Cobb, Dwight Stewart, Michael
Delvin, Kevin Robertson, Peter Moot, Robert Morales,
Garrett Stache, Max Liu, Peter Deng, Ethan Banks,
Sam Liu, Jake Dubin. Teacher mentors are
Jeff Rosen, Al George and Chris Neill.
Come out and cheer the team to victory at Auburn!
to the following students who have been selected
as school winners for the Governors Honors Program
competition. These students will compete against
other Cobb County school winners in November, and
- - if successful - - will then progress to the
state interviews in late January and early February.
A special thanks to all the students who entered
the GHP process and for all the faculty and administrators
who helped select Wheelers representatives. Michael
Delvin - Cello, Aaron Fan
- Piano, Zachary Goad - Visual
Arts, Shelby Hines - Dance, Faraz
Jamal - Technology (alternate), Santosh
Karnik - Math, Megan Larisch
- Biology, Devon Long - Biology,
Anastasia Marchenkova - Technology,
Joy Monet Kajogbola - Dance, Jake
Panfel - Chemistry, Nishant Prasadh
- Math, Isaac Rose - Dance,
Matthew Rosenberg - Design, Patrick
Sandor - Communicative Arts, John
Seewoester - Social Studies, Mark
Smyda - Biology, Ivanna Tate
- Theatre, Matthew Torchia - Design,
Kathryne Wood - Communicative Arts.
to debate team members Carol Bastos
'10 & Alina Shlayen '10 for
a second place finish at the Hidden Leaf Classic
Debate Tournament held at Chamblee High School on
October 21. Carol also won the 3rd place speaker
to the following Magnet students who were selected
to be a part of the Cobb County High School Honor
Abigail Halim,' 10, Gabe
Grisham,' 10, Lisa Altshul,'
10, Amanda O'Neal,' 08, Andrew
Gaynor,' 10, Megan Larisch,'
08, Prapti Pandey,' 09
to Isaac Rose, ' 08, for for being
selected drum major of the Wildcat Pride Marching
to the students who were named National Merit Scholar
Commended students in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship
Program. They represent the top 4% of the 1.4 million
students who entered the SAT/National Merit Qualifying
competition, (PSAT/NMSQT). Ben Britzius,
Rachel Brooks, Matthew Ellis, Alexander Hunt, Blair
Kim, Uma Morjaria, William Panfel, Rose Peng, Kevin
Plattenburg, Sarah Riazati, Michael Rudolph, Matthew
Thornton, David Vandegrift, Kayla Whaley, Margaret
Congratulations to the students who were named National
Merit Scholar Semifinalists. They represent the
top 1% of the 1.4 million students who entered the
SAT/National Merit Qualifying competition, (PSAT/NMSQT).
Mary Courtney Delvin, Caitlin East, Allison
Gooch, Kristy Kao, Frank Li, Freddy Lu, Jake Robertson,
Janice Tiao, Jasmine Ye.
to the newest member of the SAT 800 Club, Michael
Rudolph,' 07, who scored an 800 in math.
We now have a total of 31 students beginning with
the Class of 2004 that have scored an 800 on one
or more portions of the SAT. View
the 800 Club members
The average composite SAT score for the Class
of 2006 is 1893 and so far for the Class
of 2007 it is 1932. Click
here to see more details.
to the following debate team members for a great
effort at the Winfield Scot Debate Classic held
at Starrs Mill High School on October 13 & 14:
Novice Policy: Darpan Patel '10
and Adam Cross '10 - semi-finalists,
Caroline Bastos '10 and Lisa
Altshul '10 quarterfinalists, Darpan
Patel -2nd place individual speaker
award, Varsity Policy: Mark Gurevich
'09 and Kevin Plattenburg '07 quarterfinalists,
Kevin Plattenburg, 3rd place
individual speaker award, Mark Gurevich,
8th place speaker award
Congratulations to the following policy debate team
members for the Sandra Worthington Silvers Debate
and Speech Tournament in Calhoun, GA on Oct. 6th
and 7th: Mark Gurevich '09 &
Jeremy Kent '08 placed first in
Junior Varsity. Mark also won the
JV 4th place individual speaker award. Alison
Lane '10 & Malvika Duphare
'10 reached the octofinals in novice policy debate.
Katie O'Shea '08 & Carol
Bastos '10 reached the octofinals in novice
policy debate. Darpan Patel '10
won the 5th speaker award in the Novice Division.
to Magnet student Justin Valle,
' 09, for being named Wheeler's Mr. Wildcat on
Thursday night. Isaac Rose, '
08, was first runner up. Way to go, guys!
to Hena Haines, ' 09, who was selected
to the Georgia Superintendent's Student Advisory
Council. She is to serve on the board to address
the educational concerns of students in Georgia.
They received over 650 applications and 52 students
to Mary Courtney Delvin,' 07 for
scoring 35 (out of 36) on the ACT. She scored a
perfect score in Science, and in the following subscore
areas: English Usage / Mechanics, Algebra, Geometry,
Trigomometry, and Social Studies/Science Reading.
to Pranay Udutha,' 10, who placed
in the top 3 in the Senior Vocabulary Bee at the
National Championships at Northwestern University
in Chicago on August 26 & 27.
to the Class of 2006 for receiving acceptances from
many prestigous colleges and universities. Visit
page for more information.
to Lauren Hembree, ' 07 who was
accepted into the Drexel University College of Engineering
Mentorship Summer program.
to John Watts,' 06, who was selected
for the Marietta Daily Journal's 2006 All-County
Boys' Tennis Team and to Matthew Martos,'
08, for receiving honorable mention.
to Lindsay Haines,' 06, for being
selected to the 20 member USA Today All-Star Academic
here for more info.
to our 14 National Merit Commended Students: Matthew
Ball, Vicki Bass, William Grier, Lindsay Haines,
Robert Hunziker, Jennifer Johnson, Alex Kim, Anthony
Lucadamo, Shivam Patel, Brian Plattenburg, Michelle
Simpson, Stephen Smith, Eric Thomason, and Jessica
to our 4 National Merit Semifinalist who all attained
the status of National Merit Finalist: Jonathan
Kent, Drew Regitsky, Lori White, and Lian Lian Zhu.
to the newest members of the SAT 800 club. These
students scored a perfect 800 on one or more sections
of the SAT.
Kevin Plattenburg - Verbal
Janice Tiao - Verbal and Written
Caitlin East - Math
Freddie Lu - Math
to the Circuitrunners, Wheelers robotics
team for competing in the FIRST National
Championships on April 27-29. Over 9500 students
from around the world competed at the Georgia Dome.
Students & teachers from Denmark spent last
Wednesday at Wheeler attending classes before heading
down to the Dome to compete. The team would like
to thank parents, teachers, and mentors for their
extraordinary commitment to robotics over the last
few months. While a small dedicated group of students
spent countless hours at Georgia Tech building the
robot, others secured sponsors, created promotional
material, prepared for judge interviews and scouted
opposing teams. FIRST is an amazing collaborative
Wheeler High School, Formula-1 in Schools Team,
placed 1st at the State Technology Student Association
Competition, in Perry, Georgia, this past weekend.
Magnet students, Hunter Bobby,'
09, Tyler Gagat,' 09, Shannon
O'Shea,' 09, Stefan Seville,'
09, and Lauren Titus,' 09, earned
perfect scores for their oral presentation to the
judges, as well as for their display board. The
team's car was the fastest at the event. The students
will be traveling to Dallas, Texas for the National
Competition, and then will head to the U.S. Grand
Prix in Indianapolis, Indiana to race their car
against a team representing the U.K. This latter
event will be broadcast on Speedvision.
Four teams from Wheeler qualified for and competed
at the State Odyssey of the Mind
tournament April 22. This was the most teams
from any high school in the state. Wheeler
earned a third and a second place. The second
place team has been invited to represent Georgia
at the World Finals next month at the University
to Kevin Plattenburg,' 07, and
Vanessa Ng,' 07, on their selection
by the 21st Century Leader program to participate
in Leadership Unplugged: A CNN Experience to be
held at Georgia Tech in June. Student leaders from
around the state competed for the chance to participate
in this one week leadership training program.
State Department has just notified us of one more
finalist for the Governor's Honors Program, bring
Wheeler's total to 7 students! Sarah Riazati, has
been invited to attend the summer program, in addition
to the previously mentioned six. Here is the complete
list of GHP winners:
Frank Li, Math
Shannon Mohler, Math
Zlatomir Moldovanski, Theater
Imran Naser, Design
Kevin Rego, Biology
Sarah Riazati, Communicative Arts
to Lindsay Haines,' 06, for being
selected as a finalist in the Young Epidemiology
Scholars (YES) Competition for original student
research. Lindsay researched "Breast Cancer
in Young Women". She will compete in Washington,
D.C. on April 21-24.
to Matthew Orr '09, Vincent
James '09, and Jonathan Boardman
'08 who participated in the 58th annual Georgia
Science and Engineering Fair held at the University
of Georgia from April 5-8, 2006. Jonathan placed
first in the Engineering Category on Effects of
High Voltage on Induced Magnetic Fields. In addition
he received the Georgia Tech School of Electrical
& Computer Engineering Award and the U.S. Metric
Association Award for his use of statistics. Matthew
placed first in the Physics category on Insulation
Efficiency. Vincent James placed second in the Earth
Science & Space Science Category on which Insulators
Regulate Extreme Temperatures Efficiently
Wheeler Odyssey of the Mind teams
competed in the Dalton Regional Tournament. Two
teams won 1st place while the other won 2nd place.
All 3 teams will compete at the State Finals in
April. Our last team will compete this weekend at
the Lilburn Regional. Good Luck!
Tierney,' 07, and Zlatomir Moldovanski,'
07, placed 2nd and 3rd at the State Literary Meet
held in Warner Robins on Saturday. Katherine scored
95 and Zlatomir scored 94. Way to go!
High's Academic Bowl Team came
from behind in an exciting match on Wednesday night
to beat Madison County High School in WSB's High
Q Competition. This win advances Wheeler to the
Final Four round competition. The match will be
aired on WSB Channel 2 on Saturday, April 2 at 8am.
The team captain is Jonathan Kent,' 06.
Janice Tiao,' 07, Matt Harris,
and Nishant Prasadh,' 08, round
out the team. Good Luck to these scholars as they
continue to excel in the battle of wits.
to the Wheeler Chamber Orchestra for receiving a
Superior rating at the GMEA and the Sinfonia Orchestra
for receiving an Excellent rating. Also congratulations
to Mary Courtney Delvin, ' 07,
and Lian Lian Zhu,' 06 for being
selected to perform in the Cobb County Honor Orchestra
and Melissa Knorr,' 06, for being
selected to perform with the State's best in the
All State Orchestra.
to our National Merit Finalists - Jonathan
Kent, Drew Regitsky, Lori White, and Lian
Wheeler Robotics team, The CircuitRunners,
won the Chairman's Award for the 3rd year in a row
at the FIRST Peachtree Regional Robotics Competition
this past weekend. They also won 1st place in the
VEX Robotics Competition and the Challenge Award.
to the Wheeler Region Literary Meet Participants
for winning three 1st places:
- Girls' Dramatic Interpretation - Katherine
Tierney, ' 07
- Boys' Dramatic Interpretation - Zlatomir
Moldovanski, ' 07
- Girls' Spelling - Sarah Riazati,
to Mary Courtney Delvin, ' 07,
and Janice Tiao, ' 07, who were
selected to participate in the Summer Scholars Research
Program at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory
University this summer and will have first hand
experience in a biomedical field related to cancer
to the Wheeler Robotics team who
competed March 2-4 at the NASA/University of Richmond
FIRST robotics regional in Virginia. The Wheeler
CircuitRunners won the Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield
and Byers Entrepreneurship Award. Sponsored by Kimberly
Clark and Georgia Tech, the team would like to thank
parents, teachers and mentors who work so hard to
make the team successful. All students are invited
to come out and watch the team at the Peachtree
Regional at the Gwinnett Convention Center on March
16-18. Admission is free. For directions and a schedule,
go to the event site: http://www.usfirst.org/robotics/2006/regional/peachtree.htm
Wheeler Science Olympiad Team placed
4th at the Regional Tournament. They will be advancing
to State on March 25. Among the medals won were:
place - The Wright Stuff - Michael Delvin, Matthew
Rosenberg & Peter Deng
2nd place - Fermi Questions - Gary Miller &
2nd place - Forensics - Janice Tiao & Cherry
2nd place - Physics Lab - Santosh Reddy & Bill
2nd place - Storm the Castle - Gary Miller &
3rd Place - Write It Do It - Victor Ferrara, Gary
to Elisa Bossen, ' 07, on acceptance
to the 2006 National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine,
held at Emory University, July 2006.
to the Varsity two-person policy debate team of
Mark Gurevich ' 09 and Kevin
Plattenburg ' 07 who became one of five
Georgia teams to qualify for the NCFL National Championship
in Chicago in May. Kevin and Mark competed on February
25 in Carrollton, GA
to Frank Li,' 07, who scored an
800 on the SAT II Subject Test in Math Level 2C.
to Bill Panfel, ' 07, who scored
a perfect 800 on the math portion of the SAT.
to Wheeler's STAR student, Drew Regitsky,
' 06, and his STAR Teacher, Lynn Barry,
AP calculus teacher. Top SAT scorers at Cobb high
schools have been nominated as state STAR students,
sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia
Educators. Student nominees share the spotlight
with a teacher they have named who has helped them
in their academic career. Cobb County STAR students
were honored at a banquet Feb. 20.
to Blair Brackin, ' 06, who was
honored at the Kennesaw State University's National
Girls and Women In Sports Bobbie Bailey Award Ceremony
on February 13. Female athletes from each Cobb County
school were recognized and Blair represented Wheeler.
Blair was nominated by Coach McDonald for her contributions
to Wheeler's Swim and Cross Country teams.
to Vincent James 09' whose story
was featured for STORYline on TBS. His story was
recently featured at the 2006 Great American Moments
private screening on January 31, 2006. The story
was also shown on TBS during the summer and fall
to the following Magnet students who have qualified
to represent Wheeler in the State swim and dive
meet on February 9th: Blair Brackin, Richard
Cornelius, William Grier, Hunter Jones, Mike Klodnicki,
Susie Klodnicki, Stephen Smith, Owen Sweitzer, Robby