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Celebrating the Success of Copiague’s Science Research Program

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Showing off the hard work and dedication of its science students, Copiague School District held its 10th annual science research symposium at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School on May 15.

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 during the gallery walk.

Science Chairperson Renee Locker, along with science teachers Dr. Kaitlyn Thompson and Tracy Wenzler, welcomed attendees and spoke about the district’s flourishing science program as evidenced by the many accolades received during the last year alone.

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta congratulated the science students on their tremendous success this school year. “Our science research students do not let anything get in the way of their passion for science and their dedication to their research projects,” he said. “Today, we celebrate the culmination of dedication, curiosity and innovation. To our students: your exploration of science inquiry not only expands our understanding of the world but paves the way for progress and innovation. I urge each one of you to never stop asking questions, never stop seeking answers and never stop believing in the power of science to change the world for the better.”

Town of Babylon Councilman DuWayne Gregory presented proclamations to the seven seniors in the program: Rebecca Alara, Mohamad Altenbakji, Andrew Falco, Shannon Higgins, Soled Liborius, Rosangel Peralta Plasencia and Kemmora Simmons. This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Alice Parker, a research professor from Stony Brook University.

Several students from different levels of the science program had the opportunity to speak out their research this year including Carissa Spencer, Rosina Wickham, Patricia Zepeda, Ethan Zheng, Shannon Higgins and Kemmora Simmons, who was named a Regeneron semifinalist.

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Date Added: 5/24/2024