To recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of its student-athletes, the district held its 18th annual Fall Sports Awards Night on Nov. 14 at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School. Sponsored by the Booster Club, student-athletes in gymnastics, girls soccer, boys soccer, field hockey, girls tennis, volleyball, cross-country and football were recognized for their dedication to their sports by coaches, Copiague School District administrators and members of the board of education.
Throughout the night, coaches praised the student-athletes for their success and distributed individual awards, including the Coaches’ Award, Most Improved and the MVP award, to worthy receipients. Seven special memorial awards were handed to outstanding athletes for demonstrating leadership on and off the field. Luis Castillo (cross-country) was presented with the Christopher Urban Award, Jeanine Guelee (gymnastics) was the recipient of the Dolores Sandefur Award and Jonathan Chinchilla (boys soccer) was presented with the Richard Lombardo Award. The Barbara Day Award was given to Kriyal Patel (field hockey), Rianna Rivera (volleyball) received the Debra Tekosky Award, Telisa Washington (girls soccer) was presented with the Michael S. Cohen Award and Claudia Zieba was the recipient of the Brittany Walsh Memorial Award.