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