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Symposium Showcases the Stars of Copiague’s Science Program

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Celebrating 13 years of the science research program in Copiague School District, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School held its ninth annual science research symposium on May 17 in the school’s cafeteria.

Joined by district administrators, board of education members, representatives from the Town of Babylon, members of the science department and invited guests, the students in the independent science research program, the advanced science research program and the introduction to science research program showed off their award-winning works.

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School science chairperson Renee Locker spoke about some of the highlights and accomplishments of the program this year. “The research power of Copiague was represented and respected in the scientific community,” she said.

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta congratulated the students on their tremendous successes this year. “Your research and the recognitions you’ve received at competitive events this year speak to the quality and timeliness of your projects,” he said. “These intellectual powerhouses have demonstrated that they can recognize problems, understand experimental methods, organize and interpret data, and understand how the data relates to solution for the problem. They can plan experiments to test hypotheses, make generalizations and assumptions. These are the students who will change the world.”

Town of Babylon Councilman DuWayne Gregory presented proclamations to the five seniors in the program: Laila Campbell, Nayshawn Ferebee, Francheska Guzman Guittierrez, Alice Sztabinski and Edison Peguero Rosario. This year’s keynote speaker was Abigail Romero, 2019 Copiague graduate and a recent graduate of Harvard University.

Several Copiague science research students presented a brief overview of their projects, many of which have garnered numerous awards throughout the school year. Projects were on display for a poster presentation walk prior to the ceremony, giving attendees an opportunity to speak with the students firsthand about their research.

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Date Added: 5/26/2023