The top 20 students in the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Class of 2018 were honored for their outstanding academic achievements during a special luncheon held in the cafeteria on Jan. 26.
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta welcomed Copiague School District administrators, board of education members, faculty, students and parents for the celebration. “I would like to thank all of you and especially the parents for being your child’s lifelong teacher,” he said. “Thank you for your involvement, encouragement and support of your top 20 student.”
Mr. Agosta also addressed the invited teachers in attendance, who were all chosen by each individual student for the impact, support and knowledge they have bestowed upon them. “The connections you have made with our students, both in and out of the classroom, have not gone unnoticed.”
To the students, Agosta implored them to remember their roots in Copiague. “Challenge yourself to be a great person,” he said. “Surround yourself with people who want you to be a better person. Remember the values, pride and sense of community the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School community has given you.”
After a brief introduction on each top 20 student’s accomplishments, activities and future academic plans, the students took to the podium to recognize their teacher and the impact he or she has had on their life.
The district congratulates the top 20 students (in order beginning with No. 20): Nathanya Thelusma; Kyria Moore; Adrian Tavarez; Marynee Mendez; Rachel Korba; Isabella Gilbert; Nayeli Pena; Katherine Kammer; Andy DeJesus Hernandez; Mariana Espinoza; Giuseppe Dattolo; Belen Morote; Telisa Washington; Jennifer Lopez-Fernandez; Davina Smith; Ivan Gonzales; Osazuwa Eghafona; Kelly Cheung; Samantha Sanchez (salutatorian); and Alexandra Saczawa (valedictorian).