Showing off their Copiague spirit, the community and schools came together to celebrate the district’s homecoming on Oct. 19. Kicking off with spirit week activities at the elementary schools and a pep rally at the high school on Friday, students and staff were beaming with school pride in the days leading up to the big game.
Gathering for the parade at Great Neck Road Elementary School, school and community organizations came together to march to Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School. The Copiague Little Ladies cheerleaders and Copiague Youth League football marched alongside elementary school organizations including the Susan E. Wiley Dance Club and student council and students from Copiague Middle School and Great Neck Road, Deauville Gardens East and Deauville Gardens West elementary schools.
The freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes showed off their creativity with different Disney-themed floats including “Toy Story,” “Moana,” “Coco” and “The Lion King.” Back at Walter G. O’Connell High School, the Copiague Eagles took the field against the Half Hollow Hills East Thunderbirds. Despite their best efforts, the Eagles couldn’t come out with the homecoming win.
The varsity cheerleaders and step team entertained the crowds during the halftime show. The homecoming court from each grade – including homecoming king Malik Leftenant and homecoming queen Brianna Gomez – were formally announced and recognized in front of the Eagle’s Nest.
Later that evening, the district held its 22nd annual Hall of Achievement induction ceremony, recognizing five alumni who have made positive contributions to both their community and school district. This year’s inductees were: Anthony Cipriano, Class of 1988; Richard Lynch, Class of 1982; Kelly Mooney, Class of 2000; Nadia Pepe, Class of 2000; and Yaniriz Rodriguez, Class of 1999.