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.
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.