Prior to its regular business meeting on Jan. 25, the Board of Education hosted the first of its biannual Student Recognition Awards to honor the accomplishments of 27 outstanding students throughout the Copiague School District who stood out amongst their peers. This tradition was started by the Board of Education to honor students who make unique contributions to their school community or have succeeded despite personal challenges.

As students made their way to the front of the auditorium, a member of the Board of Education read a list of the student’s achievements that qualified him or her for the recognition. The 27 students were recognized and presented with a framed certificate of achievement by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon, followed by congratulations from the Board.

The district extends its congratulations to the following students: Deauville Gardens East Elementary School: Gehrig Galarza, Lolita Graur and Madison Sims; Deauville Gardens West Elementary School: Bella Bartoli, Mia Hammonds and Joanna Rivera; Great Neck Road Elementary School: Kamar Birthwright, Kelsey Marte and Alexa Vasquez; Susan E. Wiley Elementary School: Samantha Fuentes, Sean Moore and Rosangel Peralta Plasencia; Copiague Middle School: Ryan Bott, Nicole Hernandez, Michelle Kumah, Senia Lopez and Halle Moore; and Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School: Vicelsa Acosta Marzan, Karen Gonzalez, Katherine Gonzales Hernandez, Rosebeth Leonardo Gil, Allison Leonardo Tavarez, Axel Pineda-Portillo, Katherine Suazo Urquia, Steve Szabo, Ethan Taveras and Marcus Weeks.