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Hall of Achievement Celebrates 20 Years of Accomplishments

As a way to recognize and honor the accomplishments and positive impact of its alumni – as well as inspire a future generation – Copiague School District inducted four alumni into the Hall of Achievement during the 20th anniversary ceremony following homecoming festivities on Sept. 16 at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School.

The four inductees were nominated for their contributions to both the school and the community. They are: Silas W. Kelly, Class of 1971; Dr. Corinthia Price, Class of 1993; Ken Urban, Class of 1993; and Dave Colford, Class of 1994. 

“In honoring past graduates of Copiague High School, the Hall of Achievement’s primary purpose is to introduce these alumni as positive and motivating role models to our entire school community,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon. “Then we keep these role models connected in a variety of ways to our schools and students. By the nature of their accomplishments and services, inductees into the Hall of Achievement inspire our students to reach higher goals.”

Colford is the president and chief revenue officer of Hanley Wood in Washington, D.C. Volunteering is his passion, as he is active in Boy Scouts, serving as an adult volunteer and executive board members of the Suffolk County Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Capital Partners for Education, Kiwanis Club and the Lindenhurst PTA. 

Kelly graduated from Brooklyn College with dual bachelor’s degrees in broadcast journalism and public communications. He graduated with honors from Adelphi University School of Social Work and is a licensed master social worker. Kelly presently serves as a mental health social worker at Concern for Independent Living Inc. and is a substance use disorder social worker for the Town of Smithtown’s Horizons Counseling and Education Center. He is a youth lecturer and inspirational public speaker and serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Social Workers.

Dr. Price holds a bachelor’s degree in professional studies from New York Institute of Technology, a master’s degree from LIU Post and a doctorate in educational administration from Dowling College. She is the founder and CEO of Workforce Career Readiness, which specializes in workforce and economic development, 21st century college and career readiness, transition planning and re-entry programs for women and incarcerated veterans and youth. She currently serves as chief workforce development strategist and grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor. 

Urban has been the manager of a real estate firm in Syosset for the past 15 years and is also a senior litigation specialist throughout New York State. Over the years, Urban has held various positions on the PTA throughout the Copiague School District. For the past 11 years, he has served as president of the Copiague Youth League Baseball/Softball program. He is the treasurer of the District 34 Little League and director of the District 34 imitational tournament.  




Alumni Inducted into Hall of Achievement

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.

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Two Inducted into HoA

As the culminating homecoming activity on Oct. 18, two district alumni were inducted into the Hall of Achievement in an evening ceremony.

“The goal of the Hall of Achievement is to introduce positive role models to our school community,” said Superintendent of Schools Charles A. Leunig. “Such models, by their very nature, inspire students to adopt high aspirations.”

This year’s inductees were Toni Newman Clemens (Class of 1981) and Clare A. Hochreiter, M.D. (Class of 1968).

 

 


 

 

Alumni Inducted

In an effort to recognize graduates of Copiague High School who have succeeded in their careers and lives, as well as those who have distinguished themselves by virtue of their contributions to community and society, the Board of Education created the Hall of Achievement. Each year, to conclude the District’s homecoming festivities, inductees are celebrated at a special evening ceremony.

This year’s inductees are Dr. Jame’l Hodges (Class of 1992), Mark A. Rosenberg (Class of 1990) and Marina Katherine (Tsakis) Skea (Class of 1973). With the induction of the three newest members, the Hall now boasts 85 members.

“Copiague – a very diverse community with people from around the world; Copiague – a school district where over 4,000 students pass through the hallways each year; Copiague – a place where the school district won national honors for Advanced Placement; Copiague – a town and school district that produced so many graduates that went on to do amazing things throughout the town, the country and the world,” said Board of Education President Michael L. Greb. “Tonight, we have many of those alumni present. I am humbled by your presence.”

The goal of the District’s Hall of Achievement is to introduce positive role models to the school community. By their very nature, inductees to the Hall inspire students to adopt high aspirations.

 


Alumni Inducted into Hall of Achievement

Every year, for more than 15 years, the Copiague School District hosts an induction ceremony for its Hall of Achievement. The induction, which serves as the culmination of the district’s homecoming celebrations, recognizes graduates of Copiague High School who have succeeded in their lives and careers, or who may have distinguished themselves by virtue of their contributions to community and society. The primary goal of the Hall of Achievement is to build a sense of pride for all Copiague graduates – past, present and future. In celebration of the 16th year of the Hall of Achievement, five alumni were inducted into the Hall on Sept. 29. This year’s inductees were Annemarie Conlon, Ph.D. (Class of 1977), Derrick Davis (Class of 1996), Michael B. Falzarano (Class of 1969), Sharon A. Fattoruso (Class of 1962) and Regina V. Sharpe (Class of 1981). With the induction of these five outstanding individuals, the Hall of Achievement boasts 82 alumni.     
“The goal of the Hall of Achievement is to introduce positive role models to our school community,” stated Superintendent of Schools Charles A. Leunig. “Such models, by their very nature, inspire students to adopt high aspirations.”

As a special treat this year, inductee Derrick Davis performed with the Madrigal Choir by singing “O Sifuni Mungu.” Following the Madrigal performance, the audience was introduced to each inductee by the person who had nominated them for the special honor. Each inductee was then presented with a plaque commemorating their induction and spoke a few words about what the induction and Copiague meant to them.

The evening concluded with the unveiling of the wall that holds the Hall of Achievement plaques, which are prominently displayed in the main hallway of Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School. For more information on each inductee, please visit the alumni page of the district website, www.copiague.k12.ny.us.

 


Alumni Honored at Induction Ceremony

The culmination of the Copiague School District Homecoming 2011 was the induction of this year's distinguished alumni into the Copiague Hall of Achievement. This annual event is held to acknowledge and recognize former graduates who, through their own success and contributions to society, serve as role models to students throughout the Copiague School District.

This year's celebration represented fifteen years of excellence as the Copiague School District recognized five distinguished alumni for their outstanding achievements and services to humanity, increasing the number of Hall of Achievement members to 77. Members of the 2011 Induction Class included Edward J. Bedrick (Class of 1972), Muataz Jaber, MD (Class of 1972), Robert D. LiMandri (Class of 1983), Dr. Raina Murnak (Class of 1997), and Deborah (Debbie) Tekosky (Class of 1971). To read all about the inductees’ accomplishment’s, please visit the district’s website at www.copiague.k12.ny.us and click on the alumni page.

The evening concluded with the unveiling of the wall that holds the Hall of Achievement plaques prominently displayed in the main hallway of Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School. The goal of the district's Hall of Achievement is to introduce positive role models to the school community. Such models by their very nature will inspire students to adopt high aspirations.

   
   
   
   
 




An Evening to Remember
On the evening of April 30, the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Madrigal Choir held a special concert featuring many madrigal alumni from years past. The 2nd Annual Madrigal Alumni Concert featured alumni and current members of the Madrigal Choir in a repertoire ranging from classical and standards to show tunes and pop. Madrigal director Larry Wurtzel was joined throughout the evening by Beverly Wurtzel, middle school choir director Gina Occhiogrosso, and Coordinator of Fine Arts Jennifer Pierre-Louis.

Alumni performers featured in the concert included Amanda K. Cataldo-Siemers, Brian Crook, Ann Marie Dionisio, Gina DiPalermo, Paige Fairchild, Anthony E. Grant, Shawn Hatcher, Aquila Hatcher-Taylor, Christina Labrador, Michael Lyubinsky, Gina Pagliarulo, Crystal Pough, Eric Rowand, Tania Smith, and Breanna Tarzia.