#1StudentNWI: Month of May at Wheeler High School

#1StudentNWI: Month of May at Wheeler High School
By: Max Bebekoski Last Updated: May 31, 2016

What's Happening:
The 2015-2016 school year is finally coming to a close at Wheeler High School, and students are excited to begin their summer vacations. I would like to congratulate everyone from Wheeler High School for a fantastic and memorable year, and look forward to what the next school year has to offer. To begin with some closing announcements, National Honor Society points will be due no later than May 31st. If you are a junior or senior and have not reached the 30 point mark once each year, you are ineligible wear the NHS stole at graduation; in order to be eligible for the National Honor Society scholarship, you must reach the 45 point mark each year.

May 31st is also the day for graduation rehearsal for all seniors. If you are unable to attend, please notify Mrs. Curtis in the main office. Next, the high school library will be open during Finals week from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. All library books and flash drives must be returned to Mrs. Horan before the last day of school.

A reminder for students, please be advised the tech department will clear your home school drives over the summer. Items you need to keep should be moved to your Google Drives or saved off line on a thumb drive. Lastly, any students who will be taking summer school classes must turn in their applications to Mr. Rosta or Mrs. Day before the school year ends.

Wheeler-HS-1StudentNWI-May-2016-2What's Coming Up:
Wheeler High School athletes have competed at exceptional levels of performance throughout this school year, including sports such as football, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, track and field, golf, swimming, bowling, and many others. Wheeler High School track and field athletes have especially shined during Sectionals. The Wheeler boys’ track teams crowned two sectional champions last night, with Derek Bertucci winning the discus throw and Jacob Wasz winning the long jump. Additionally, the boys’ team also qualified Jesiah Lee on to Regionals in the 100-meter dash. The 4x1 team of Jacob Wasz, Jesiah Lee, Jason Novak, and Sam Turpin broke the school record and qualified as well. Likewise, the 4x8 team of Aiden Hostetler, Joel O'Shea, Danilo Orlich, and Matt Stephenson are moving on to Regionals, with Joel O'Shea moving on to Regionals in the 3200 meter. Great job to everyone!

Wheeler High School boys competed outstandingly at Regionals as well. Hosted by Valparaiso High School, three track athletes qualified for the State Finals. Jacob Wasz was the regional champion in the long jump, Jason Novak was the regional runner-up in the long jump, and Jesiah Lee qualified via his time in the 100-meter dash. We all wish them the best of luck as they compete Saturday, June 4th at the IHSAA State Finals in Bloomington!

Wheeler-HS-1StudentNWI-May-2016-3Student Shout Out: Michael Deek
I would like to give a huge student shout out to Wheeler High School senior Michael Deek. Michael is the President of Wheeler High School’s National Honor Society, Senior Class Vice President, and received the Straight A’s award for keeping above a 4.0 GPA throughout his entire high school career. Additionally, Michael competed on Wheeler’s Academic Superbowl math and science teams, performed at the State level at Purdue West Lafayette for Wheeler High School’s math team, and received second place in our class overall. Along with his academic achievements, Michael is an active member of Wheeler High School’s Key Club, volunteering in activities such as Valparaiso’s Popcorn Festival, Opportunity Enterprises’ Pack-a-Thon, Union Township Middle School Food Drive, Union Center Elementary Fun Fair, Salvation Army, and Special Olympics Bowling. We all wish Michael the best of luck next year as he begins college at Nova Southeastern in Florida!

Wheeler-HS-1StudentNWI-May-2016-4Teacher Shout Out: Dianne Langston
I would also like to give a huge teacher shout out to Wheeler High School’s Dianne Langston, who has been teaching at Wheeler since 1997 in the science department. She is a graduate of Ferris State University with an AAS in Ornamental Horticulture and has a BS in Science Education with a major in Biology and a major in Chemistry. Moreover, she has an MS Degree from Indiana University Northwest in Science Education and an Earth Science endorsement as well. Currently, Mrs. Langston teaches Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Earth Science at Wheeler.

She has stated, “My goal is not only to align my curriculum with our state standards, but also to provide instruction and support to students so that not only will they learn science, but that they will enjoy and apply it.”

Mrs. Langston is also the head coach of Wheeler High School’s Science Academic Team, leading the team to multiple first place wins in our class and qualifications for State competition. We are all grateful for Mrs. Langston’s contributions as Wheeler High School’s Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Earth Science teacher.