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Winter Sports All-Stars

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Congratulations to the student-athletes who were awarded for their play on the field and in the classroom during the winter 2016-2017 sports season. For a full list of winners, click here.

Firsthand Lesson in History

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Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students had a firsthand lesson in history when guest speaker Spirit Trickey, daughter of Minnijean Brown-Trickey, a civil rights movement icon who was part of the Little Rock Nine, visited the school on March 31.

Students in the Facing History and Ourselves classes studied the civil rights movement in depth prior to her visit to the high school. Trickey told students that she started to think about the importance of history and activism during her last years in high school. “I was failing math at 17 and when my mother was that age she was changing the world,” she said.
    
She described the challenges growing up as a biracial child and shared her experiences as the chief of interpretation and public information officer at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

Trickey is the playwright of One Ninth, an exploration of human dignity and racial conflict as seen through the eyes of her mother. She is one of 10 Americans who won the “Ticket to History” essay contest (with more than 250,000 submissions) to witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and attend the Inaugural Ball. In 2010, she was named one of the “Top 100 History Makers in the Making” by the Grio.com and featured on NBC Nightly.


Business-Savvy Students Pose a Revival Plan

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On March 29, the Walter G. O’Connell Industry Advisory Board hosted its first Business Olympics in the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School auditorium.

Teams of business students were given the task to remediate and revitalize an abandoned building at 1305 S. South Strong Ave. in Copiague. Four teams of students – BizHub, Eagles on Wheels, Vovola and Revival – presented a variety of innovative ideas during their 10-minute presentations, followed by a five-minute question and answer session from judges.

Each team created a Google presentation, commercial for their business and promotional materials to present to the judges. Judges included Industry Advisory Board members from local community businesses, Copiague School District administrators and faculty and Copiague Board of Education members.

The winner was Team Revival for their gym/spa combination. This team included Kriyal Patel, Jeannie Guelee, Catherine Gonzales and Alexsandra Bugajczyk.





A ‘Sea’ of Talent

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Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School presented its version of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” from March 16-18. Performances took place in the high school auditorium.

Leading the cast were Jade Dickenson (Ariel); Kishaar Hodge (Sebastian); Lesly DeCastro (Prince Eric); Crystal Betz (Ursula); Amy Rodriguez (Flounder); Nick Favichia (Scuttle); Kyree Scott (Grimsby); and Alec Soltau (King Triton). 

The musical was produced and directed by teachers Michelle Budion and Gina Occhiogrosso with the support of the district’s Fine Arts Coordinator Jennifer Pierre-Louis. 

 

Winter Athletes Celebrate Achievements

Winter Athletes Celebrate Achievements

To celebrate the athletic accomplishments of its students, Copiague School District held its Winter Sports Awards Dinner on March 7 at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School. Sponsored by the Booster Club, student-athletes in boys bowling, girls bowling, girls basketball, boys basketball, step team, wrestling, boys track, girls track and cheerleading, 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. Nine Golden Eagle awards were presented to students from each team with the highest cumulative grade point average. This year, Melanie Garcia (girls bowling), Amorelle Penick (step team), Jonathan Gudel (boys bowling), Marvin Pineda Lobo (wrestling), Ashley Hudson (girls basketball), Jenna Langan (cheerleading), Jackson Bright (boys basketball), Mikayla Angel (girls track) and Peter Milillo (boys track) were recipients of the Golden Eagle awards.





Cocoa for a Cure

Cocoa for a Cure
The Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Varsity Club raised more $120 selling coffee, hot chocolate and bracelets for the American Heart Association during the school’s evening parent-teacher conferences on March 2.

Honoring Women in Sports

Honoring Women in Sports
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To commemorate National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Booster Club presented a plaque of recognition to Town of Babylon Councilwoman Jacqueline Gordon, a past president and secretary of the Booster Club and a longtime supporter of the students in Copiague.

Gordon’s two children started playing in the Copiague Youth League in 1993. With the Booster Club, she traveled all over Long Island, supporting Copiague athletics programs. In 1984, she enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves, where she became a lieutenant colonel in 2007. In addition, Gordon has been involved in numerous organizations and was honored as a “Woman of Distinction” by the New York Senate in 2014.

Recognized for her many years of dedicated service and contributions to the students of the Copiague community, Gordon was honored during a halftime presentation of a girls varsity basketball game on Feb. 7.

Recognizing Black History Month

Recognizing Black History Month

February was Black History Month and students at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School recognized the event with songs, dance performances and poetry during a Black History Month celebration in the auditorium on Feb. 28.

“Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future” was the theme for this year’s event. Led by students Cameren Jackson and Sarah St. Jean, the celebration kicked off with a performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by the Madrigal Choir.

Dance performance by the Copiague Lady Step team and Hip Hop Club reflected on the music from the past and the present. The jazz band performed a song by Duke Ellington and poems celebrating black history were presented throughout the celebration. All proceeds from the Black History Month celebration are donated to the security department scholarship fund.





DECA Members Head to States

DECA Members Head to States
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The DECA team from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School competed in DECA Regional Competition on Jan. 4 at Suffolk County Community College in Selden. The winners from that event will now compete at the state level from March 7-10 at the Rochester Convention Center against 2,500 students from across New York.

The district congratulates the DECA members who will be competing at the states in the following categories:

Tamia Brewer: Fashion
Jade Dickenson: Job Interview
Nick Hernandez: Job Interview
Ashley Hudson: Decision Making Marketing
Hanan Ismail: Wholesale Selling
Amira Kemp: Visual Advertising
Jenna Langdon: Decision Making Marketing
Mahogany Mason: Sales Demo
Amorelle Pennick: Public Speaking
Kyree Scott: Sales Demo
Lyndsey Wilson: Decision Making Marketing
Sophie Wilson: Wholesale Selling



Royals Step Out for the Ball

Royals Step Out for the Ball

It was a royal ball for elementary students and their families at the Prince and Princess Ball at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School on Feb. 17. This year’s theme was A Night in Paris Valentine’s Ball.

Dressed in their best attire, students posed for pictures in the photo booths set up at the entrance. Inside the Valentines-themed cafeteria, students connected with their friends to dance the night away. The princes and princesses also had a chance to dance and spend quality time with their “dates” as they enjoyed food, dancing and games.

All proceeds from the annual event go to the Corey Swinson Memorial Scholarship, awarded to Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School seniors.




Award-winning Posters, Essays Send Positive Messages

Award

During the Feb. 13 Board of Education meeting, students were recognized for their winning entries in the annual Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Art Poster Contest and essay contest on religious freedom and diversity.

In front of family and friends, former Grand Knight Bob Waidler and members of the Our Lady of the Assumption Council of the Knights of Columbus awarded each student a certificate of participation and a gift certificate provided by the Knights. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon, Board of Education members, Coordinator of Fine Arts Jennifer Pierre-Louis and Copiague Middle School social studies teachers Kristin Alfarano and Andrea Hernandez were on hand to congratulate the winners.

The art poster winners were: Deauville Gardens East’s Tiana Newman (alcohol 8-11 group); Copiague Middle School’s Kenneth Tejada (alcohol 12-14 group); Copiague Middle School’s Denise Garcia (drugs 8-11 group); Copiague Middle School’s Cathrine Sakin (drugs 12-14 group); and Great Neck Road’s runner-up Kelvin Reyes-Verde.

The essay contest winners were Copiague Middle School seventh-graders Ileana Fernandez (first place), Richard Queensborough (second place) and Alex Iglesias (third place).