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Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School


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1100 Dixon Avenue
Copiague, New York 11726
(631) 842-4010
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Principal: Joseph M. Agosta
Assistant Principals: David Aguado, Jonathan Cutolo, Timothy Gilroy , Janine Proulx


Hours: 7:40 a.m. to 2:23 p.m.
Students: 1,507
Faculty and Staff: 200


The educational program at Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School is designed to meet the needs of every student through a unique variety of course offerings and support programs. The diversity of the school's student population enriches all who enter its doors and is one of the school community's greatest strengths. The faculty and staff of Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School believe that a student's high school education is the most important four years of a student's life.

The school serves approximately 1,600 students in grades nine through twelve. Through outstanding academic opportunities, support programs, and counseling, each student is constantly encouraged to reach his/her full potential. Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School has instituted a successful all-Regents program, an in-school and after-school remediation program, Advanced Placement courses in all disciplines, and offers a wide variety of elective courses such as drama, sports and entertainment marketing, and criminal justice. 

Current News

Celebrating Success at National Honor Society Induction

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Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School celebrated the outstanding academic achievements of its student body at the National Honor Society induction ceremony held in the school’s auditorium on March 26. Surrounded by family, friends, district administrators and board of education members, 39 students were inducted in the Isabella M. Driscoll Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Following a welcome by club advisers Clare Nugent and Marie Accetella, the club’s officers spoke about the organization’s four pillars of scholarship, leadership, service and character. Each officer lit a candle to symbolize the pillars.

Each student was called to the stage one by one to be honored and receive their candle and certificate from an existing member of the National Honor Society. Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta spoke about the hard work and dedication of the students who were being recognized that evening. “Tonight we celebrate the outstanding achievements of our students who exemplify the core principles of the organization,” he said. “Each of you had demonstrated unwavering commitment to academic excellence, showing that dedication and hard work are the keys to success. Your thirst for knowledge, coupled with your perseverance, had set you apart as scholars of the highlight caliber.”

Mr. Agosta then recited the National Honor Society oath for the new inductees to repeat, as they became official members of the organization. Congratulations to the following students: 12th grade: Jordyn Bell, Brian Gonzalez, La-von Green, Anahis Rodriguez and Kemmora Simmons; 11th grade: Mohammad Ali, Chloe Allen-Jackson, Yenifer Araujo Pena, Adriana Asturias Pacheco, Kaydee Bonilla, Tye Burrus, Cesar Fermin Jr., Lilian Gonzalez Amaya, Vaiva Kean, Alexis Lugay, Nicole Martinez Espinal, Maya Rybka, Michael Santos, Joy Scrivano, Maya Tyszko, Jonathan Valle, Davy Velasquez, Patricia Zepeda and Ethan Zheng; 10th grade: Hannah Alara, Damaris Bonilla, Amelia Bright, Heily Fernandez, Christian Franklin, Ronan Higgins, Mason Koziarz, Krzysztof Krasnowski, Kaia Malbi, Aneisa Nicholas, Rosa Solorzano, Sarah Theranus, Olivia Tyszko, Rosina Wickham and Carlos Zelayandia-Reyes.

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Date Added: 4/12/2024

Book Delivered to Published Author

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Last year, Jaiden Urbina was in Mr. Jovic’s writing class, a new course which was offered to eighth grade students. As a hardworking, dedicated, and passionate writer, Jaiden entered a creative writing contest and became a finalist. Mr. Jovic then submitted the piece to the Young Writers Association where it was featured in its yearly publication. Mr. Jovic recently presented Jaiden with the book featuring his writing. Jaiden is pictured with Mr. Jovic (left) and Mr. Gaudioso, middle school English chairman.

Date Added: 4/4/2024

Video: Monster Creations Come to Life

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Date Added: 4/2/2024

Students Honored by Local Knights of Columbus

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Copiague School District students were recognized by members of the Knights of Columbus for their participation in the organization’s annual poster and essay contests at the March 11 board of education meeting at Copiague Middle School.

The poster contest, now in its 14th year, garnered more than 250 entries to tackle the issue of drug and alcohol abuse. Students received a certificate and gift card sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Ten students from Copiague School District were chosen as winners. The district congratulates the following students for their winning entries: Sophia Viacava (Copiague Middle School); Hailey Hitzel (Copiague Middle School); Aliyah Fernandez (Copiague Middle School); Nauddys Sanchez DeJesus (Copiague Middle School); Mia Guillen (Deauville Gardens East Elementary School); Olivia Charles (Susan E. Wiley Elementary School); Daniela Rodriguez (Susan E. Wiley Elementary School); Marek Gonzalez (Deauville Gardens East Elementary School); Sallyiah Abdullah (Deauville Gardens East Elementary School); and Yamila Guiterrez (Deauville Gardens East Elementary School).

This year’s annual essay contest focused on the concept of religious liberty. Each student winner received a gift card and council certificate. From Copiague Middle School, this year’s Knights of Columbus essay contest winners were: Keyrin Hernandez Burgos (first place), Jaden Rose (second place) and Aiden Lopez (third place).

Date Added: 3/25/2024

College Fair

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On March 18, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School hosted a successful college fair, where many seniors connected with college representatives from schools to which they applied and/or have been accepted. Juniors are beginning the process of speaking with college admissions counselors, with focus on exploring a variety of schools while learning about specific programs of interest.

Date Added: 3/21/2024

Honoring District’s Winter Student-Athletes

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The 23rd annual winter sports awards were presented at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School for its varsity athletes on March 5. Sponsored by the Copiague Booster Club, the awards recognize the athletic and academic accomplishments of Copiague student-athletes both on and off the fields.
Coaches, central office administrators and Copiague School District’s Board of Education members congratulated athletes from girls bowling, boys bowling, girls basketball, girls winter track, boys basketball, boys winter track and wrestling teams. “Your dedication to your respective sports, academics and teammates does not go unnoticed,” said William Bennett, Director of Athletics and Physical Educat

ion. “You are all a great representation of our district.”
Coaches called athletes up front to be recognized and celebrated for both their individual and team achievements during the season. They also distributed individual awards, including the Coaches’ Award, Most Improved Award and the MVP Award, to worthy recipients. Special memorial awards were also presented to members of the wrestling and basketball teams.
Seven Golden Eagle awards were presented to students from each team with the highest cumulative grade point average. This year, Sara Mierzejewski (girls bowling), Andrew Falco (boys bowling), Joshua Osofsky (wrestling), Chloe Allen-Jackson (girls basketball), Karsten Spencer (boys basketball), Kemmora Simmons (girls track) and Ethan Zheng (boys track) were recipients of the Golden Eagle awards.

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Date Added: 3/15/2024

Copiague Black History Month Celebration

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Date Added: 3/8/2024

A Celebration of Black History

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In recognition of Black History Month, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School held a special evening celebration featuring song, dance, performances and the arts through the years on Feb. 29. The middle school and high school step teams showcased their dance skills and members of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Madrigal Choir captivated the audience with their musical performances. The jazz band showcased the genre through the years, while numerous students took to the stage for poetry readings, musical numbers and informational speeches about the Black history movement. Check out our video montage posting on the website next week.

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Date Added: 3/7/2024

Three Seniors Achieve Girl Scout Gold

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Three seniors from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School recently earned their Gold Awards, the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA which consists of 80 hours of community service. Emily Newman, Annamaria Pepe and Theresa Soraire are all members of Troop 1052.

The 12th graders have been in the same troop since first grade. They said while many members of the troop have come and gone through the years, the three stayed consistent, creating a special bond. For her project, Emily created and compiled care packages for children in the NICU at Good Samaritan Hospital. Annamaria knitted hats and created care packages for breast cancer patients, which were donated to the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition. Theresa created a recipe book of safe foods for those suffering from eosinophilic esophagitis.

All three students had some connection to their Gold Award projects. Their names are now engraved on a plaque that hangs in the high school’s hallway.

Date Added: 2/16/2024