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Key Club Blood Drive Saves Lives

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Members of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Key Club organized and volunteered at a blood drive held in the gymnasium on Jan. 11. Approximately 40 students and staff members donated blood for Long Island Blood Services. This is the second drive held this school year; the final one will be held on April 23.

Club Fuels Students’ Love of Technology

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Tech-savvy students are getting the opportunity to try their hand at coding using different computer languages thanks to Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School’s Coding Club. With attendance ranging from 20-25 students, the Coding Club meets every Tuesday throughout the school year under the advisement of business teacher Diana LaSpina.

Members spend the first half of the meeting working together on a project and break away for their free time during the second half. They have participated in Hour of Code and are currently learning JavaScript in the Khan Academy. Students use resources such as Coding Wizards, Code.org and Dojo to build their coding knowledge.

“The Coding Club gives students an opportunity to fuel their love of technology and coding outside of the classroom,” Ms. LaSpina said. Each time they complete a new skill, they get a badge and certificate to show their coding progression. 

Kindness Grows in Copiague

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Students throughout the district did their part with random acts of kindness. Members of the student council at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School created a kindness tree in December. Located in the main lobby of the school, students gifted and recognized one another with random acts of kindness. Students filled out a kindness tag and placed it on the tree for all to acknowledge the acts of kindness happening all over the school. 

For the third consecutive year, the members of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School’s Humanities (SOUL) Club visited the Gerald E. Ryan Outreach Center in December. The club spent a full day working at the outreach center, the largest in the Town of Babylon.  

Under the direction of co-advisers Joseph Mannix and Alyssa Marino, SOUL Club members organized toys for underprivileged children and created food baskets to distribute to those in need. 

Key Club Gives Back for Holidays

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Members of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Key Club are in the holiday spirit this month. The club volunteered at the Dominican Village’s Festival of Lights celebration on Dec. 7 in Amityville. The club is also collected toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive.

Two Seniors Named Zone Winners

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Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School seniors Samantha Sanchez and Osazuwa Eghafona were presented with the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Suffolk Zone Award. At the awards ceremony on Dec. 6, the two student-athletes were presented with certificates and gold medals recognizing their outstanding achievement as physical education students, scholars and citizens. 

Empowering Presentation Sparks Positivity

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In an effort to inspire female students and give them the tools and confidence they need to succeed, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School held its first voice to voice empowerment session in the school’s library on Dec. 7. The mission of the new initiative is for women to empower each other through conversation and teamwork.

The program’s guest speaker was aDrena Mahoney – a Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School graduate and teacher at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School and step team coach – who spoke about her upbringing, her education and her career and life decisions. 

Following her speech, Mahoney answered questions from the students in attendance. Working together in teams, the students reflected on the lessons learned and shared their thoughts in a brief presentation with their peers. 

Recognizing and Connecting with Local Seniors

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Local senior citizens connected with the senior class of Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School during the annual Senior-to-Senior Dinner on Dec. 5 in the high school’s cafeteria.

Under the direction of the Class of 2018 advisers Samuel Gonzalez and Tammy Toro, the senior class spent many weeks organizing and preparing for the festivities. 

With both groups dressed in their best holiday attire, the evening began with a medley of holiday-themed singalongs performed by the school’s Madrigal Choir, under the direction of Gina Occhiogrosso. The students served the senior citizen guests with dozens of different food choices, some catered dishes and others homemade by teachers.

After dinner, the guests and students made their way to the dance floor to enjoy some time together. With raffle tickets distributed at the door, the senior citizens each had a chance to win one of more than three dozen prizes. 

Varsity Café

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Members of the Varsity Club at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School recently held a café fundraiser, selling hot chocolate and coffee. The club members sold out of the drinks and raised $110 toward their future club trip.

Top Scholar-Athletes Recognized

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Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School has named the winners of the Golden Eagle Award for the fall 2017 athletic season. 

The award is presented to the top scholar-athlete in each sport for the quarter. These students have proven they can successfully balance their busy schedules on and off the field. Each student was presented with a Golden Eagle statue. 

The winners are: Jackson Bright (boys soccer); Aleksandra Bugajczyk (girls tennis); Christopher Canenguez (cross-country); Ajhani Carroll (girls soccer); Giuseppe Dattolo (football); Emily Korba (gymnastics); Kembalee Rolle (volleyball); and Abigail Romero (field hockey). 
 

Young Flutists Hone Their Skills

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Student-musicians from the district’s elementary schools and Copiague Middle School participated in the Long Island Flute Festival held at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School on Nov. 18.

The Long Island Flute Festival is organized by the Long Island Flute Club and offers the opportunity to flutists of all ages to participate in a day of performances, workshops and concerts. Copiague student-musicians had the chance to work on a solo piece at their level, rehearse music in an ensemble setting with students from other schools at their level, watch a concert given by world-renowned flutist Robert Dick, and perform their ensemble pieces as a group in a concert for their parents. 

The district congratulates the following student participants: Madison Allen; Malik Andilza; Caitlyn Carrington; Anamaria Espinosa; Alexa Gourdette; Mariska Kroog; Noemi Marmol; Esmeralda Clara Sanchez; Evelyn Sarmiento; Alyson Tenebro; Vania Vallejo Vasquez; Keyrin Yanes; and Alexa Zepherin.
  

Fall Student-Athletes Celebrate Accomplishments

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To recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of its student-athletes, the district held its 18th annual Fall Sports Awards Night on Nov. 14 at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School. Sponsored by the Booster Club, student-athletes in gymnastics, girls soccer, boys soccer, field hockey, girls tennis, volleyball, cross-country and football were recognized for their dedication to their sports by coaches, Copiague School District administrators and members of the board of education. 

Throughout the night, coaches praised the student-athletes for their success and distributed individual awards, including the Coaches’ Award, Most Improved and the MVP award, to worthy receipients. Seven special memorial awards were handed to outstanding athletes for demonstrating leadership on and off the field. Luis Castillo (cross-country) was presented with the Christopher Urban Award, Jeanine Guelee (gymnastics) was the recipient of the Dolores Sandefur Award and Jonathan Chinchilla (boys soccer) was presented with the Richard Lombardo Award. The Barbara Day Award was given to Kriyal Patel (field hockey), Rianna Rivera (volleyball) received the Debra Tekosky Award, Telisa Washington (girls soccer) was presented with the Michael S. Cohen Award and Claudia Zieba was the recipient of the Brittany Walsh Memorial Award. 
  

Top 10 in Copiague’s Class of 2018

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Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School has announced the top 10 students for the graduating Class of 2018. With a weighted GPA of 104.03, Alexandra Saczawa has been named the valedictorian. Samantha Sanchez has been named salutatorian with a weighted GPA of 103.71. 

Alexandra is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Math Team, Science Olympiad, Science Research, Key Club (president), Bringing Unity Through Youth Club (treasurer) and Global Ambassadors Club. Throughout her time at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, she has served as vice president of her class. She is the captain of the varsity girls lacrosse team and is involved in numerous community service activities. Alexandra plans to major in pre-med but is still undecided on a college. 

Samantha is a member of the National Honor Society, Science Olympiad, One Mind Club, Tree Huggerz Club, Key Club, Math Team and Bringing Unity Through Youth Club. She participates in field hockey, and also volunteers in the community and at her local church. Samantha is still undecided on her college choice but plans to become a physician’s assistant.

The district congratulates the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School graduating Class of 2017 top 10 students: Alexandra Saczawa (valedictorian); Samantha Sanchez (salutatorian); Kelly Cheung (third); Osazuwa Eghafona (fourth); Ivan Gonzales (fifth); Davina Smith (sixth); Jennifer Lopez-Fernandez (seventh); Telisa Washington (eighth); Belen Morote (ninth); and Giuseppe Dattolo (10th). 

IAB Helps Students Prep for Workforce

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On Oct. 24, the Walter G. O’Connell High School Industry Advisory Board held the second annual Principal’s Roundtable. At the meeting, business leaders, politicians, teachers, students and administrators met to discuss various topics to help students be truly workforce ready. This year’s topic for the Business Olympics – “Shark Tank – Create a product or business” – was decided.  On Nov. 7, students came to school to discuss the topic and listen to presentations from last year’s participants. The 2018 Business Olympics will be held on March 29.