Showing Off Their Roots During Black History Celebration

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This year’s theme for the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Black History Month celebration on Feb. 27 was “Strong Roots, Amazing Achievement.” The event showcased the many talents of the student body and featured performances by the middle school and high school step teams as well as musical selections by the Madrigal Choir and jazz band.

The celebration was hosted by Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students Sevon Brown, Lanyah Ford and Jonah Ramos, who were introduced to the audience with “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song. The Madrigal Choir presented three musical selections, including “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” “Cameroon Processional” and “Oh Happy Day” with solos by Sevon Brown and Sydney Forbes.  

The Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School and the Copiague Middle School step teams themed their performance “Step Up and Vote.” The jazz bands played two selections, “Low Ride” and “What Is Hip.” “Young Hearts” was performed by Zyliek Jackson, Bianca Joseph and Bridgette Mendoza. Donovan Harris sang “My Strength” and Naroli Cabrera belted out a Beyoncé medley of “Nile” and “Freedom.” Members of the Drama Club performed a dramatic interpretation centered around Harlem. 

To close out the show, students, staff and administrators took to the stage to show off the African American fashions through the years. All proceeds from the Black History Month celebration benefit the security department’s scholarship fund.