Copiague’s Hall of Achievement Hits 100 Members

Copiague’s Hall of Achievement Hits 100 Members photo
Copiague School District recognized its alumni who have made a difference in their community and had a positive impact during the Hall of Achievement induction ceremony following homecoming festivities on Oct. 13 at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School.

The four new inductees – which bring the total number to 100 – are: Dawn Michelle Hardy, Class of 1992; Scott Kuhn, Class of 1990; Dagmar Groy Marino, Class of 1970; and Viscel Welch Moore, Class of 1988.

“Tonight’s inductees carry on the tradition of giving back whenever and wherever they are,” said Copiague Board of Education Vice President Doris Fischer. “It is due to their efforts and the combined efforts of the administration, staff and everyone associated with the Copiague School District that Copiague is a great place to live and learn.”

“In honoring successful past graduates of Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, the Hall of Achievement’s primary purpose is to introduce these alumni as positive and motivating role models to our entire school community and to keep those role models connected to our school and students,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon. “By the nature of their accomplishments and service, inductees in the Hall of Achievement inspire our students to reach high goals.”

Ms. Hardy is an award-winning publicist and publishing consultant who graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She formed Dream Relations PR and Literacy Consulting agency, where she aids authors in promoting their books. She serves as the executive director of public relations for the Love Fellowship Tabernacle and completed the NYC Marathon as part of Team of Kids.

Mr. Kuhn holds a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and began working at a small insurance agency in Manhattan. In 2001, he left his investment job and decided to pursue a career in teaching, enrolling in graduate classes at Dowling College. A year later, he was hired as a math teacher at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, where he remains today. 

Ms. Marino came to Copiague School at the age of 10 from Vienna, Austria, unable to speak English. After quickly learning the language, she graduated high school in three years and went on to attend beauty school. Shortly after, she opened her first hair salon in the community. She is an active member and has served on the Board of Directors for the Copiague Chamber of Commerce. After losing her son tragically in 2012, Ms. Marino co-founded the Copiague Community Cares organization to support and assist those who have lost loved ones or are struggling with substance abuse.

Ms. Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and economic from SUNY Empire. For the past 30 years, she has worked for ADP. She has been recognized as a Woman of Distinction, is a trustee at Bethel AME Church, serves as director of Bethel’s Young People’s Division, volunteers for the Youth Night program and conducts workshops on the importance of voting and civic engagement. She is a member of several PTAs, booster club, director of community relations for the Family & Community Media Group, serves on the executive committee for the central Long Island branch of the NAACP and is a member of the Copiague Chamber of Commerce.