As a way to honor the accomplishments of the Top 20 students in the graduating Class of 2016, while simultaneously giving recognition to the dedicated faculty who helped them on their journey to success, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School hosted a special luncheon for the students and their families on Jan. 29.

Gathered in the school’s cafeteria, Principal Joseph Agosta welcomed the room of students, faculty, administrators, members of the Board of Education and family to the event. During his address, Agosta advised the students to get involved in what life has to offer, never be afraid to try something new and strive for excellence.

“As you move on in life, remember the values, pride and sense of community that each member of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School staff has worked so hard to provide,” said Agosta. “I charge you with the task of continuing to put what you have learned to good use and to be a positive force in your community.”

In chronological order, beginning at No. 20, Agosta introduced each student and read a short summary of their accomplishments and anticipated post-high school endeavors. Following their introduction, the students proceeded to the podium, where they expressed their gratitude to the teacher whom they value most and credit for helping them through their academic journey in the Copiague School District.