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Alumni Inducted into Hall of Achievement

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In continuing its mission to inspire students, the district inducted three former graduates into its Hall of Achievement at a ceremony following homecoming celebrations on Sept. 24.

The three new inductees were selected for their accomplishments and contributions to the community following their respective graduations through a nominating process. Those inducted include Class of 1984 alumnus Jim Konen; Class of 1998 alumna Dr. Leslie Marino and Class of 1977 alumnus Craig Stadelman.

Konen, who holds a master’s degree from Stony Brook University, is employed as a full-time physical education teacher at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School. He previously taught at Copiague Middle School and coaches varsity soccer, varsity wrestling and JV lacrosse. He holds Coach of the Year honors for both lacrosse and soccer and has been voted Suffolk County Lacrosse Coaches Association’s Man of the Year.

Dr. Marino holds a psychology degree from Boston College, a post-baccalaureate in premed from Columbia University and a medical degree from SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn. While working toward her degrees, she took time to participate in a HIV/AIDS awareness program in Tanzania; spent a year working for Dr. Mehmet Oz running a pilot program to bring health education into city schools and studied epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. During her residency, she received numerous awards, including the Perry Research Award, the Barbara Liskin Award and was selected by her peers as a chief resident. She is currently a research fellow in the Division on Substance Abuse and works on initiatives with the state and city Department of Health to increase access to treatment for addiction.

Stadelman works at the New York Blood Center as a donor specialist and was previously employed as a phlebotomist at Brunswick Hospital Center. When not at work, he is serving as the fire coordinator for the Town of Babylon and assists fire chiefs at the scenes of major structural fires. He is also a detective with the Suffolk County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and a member of the Copiague Fire Department, where he served as chief and is an EMS instructor and a first aid teacher. He has been honored with the EMS Educator of the Year for Suffolk County and New York State and is a member of the Suffolk County REMAC committee. On 9/11, he served as a triage officer for the FDNY-EMS service.