Graduation at William Spyropoulos School of St. Nicholas in Flushing (Video)

FILE - The diplomas were handed out to the graduates of the William Spyropoulos Greek-American Day School of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Flushing at the 35th Commencement Exercises. (Photo by TNH/ Costas Bej)

FLUSHING, NY – The diplomas were handed out to the graduates of the William Spyropoulos Greek-American Day School of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Flushing at the 35th Commencement Exercises on June 8 in a joyful atmosphere with hymns, songs, speeches, and best wishes to the Class of 2018.

The Valedictorian Victoria Vlachos and Salutatorian Andreas Vasiliadis spoke on behalf of the graduating class offering their heartfelt words of gratitude to their parents and teachers, and best wishes to their classmates for success in all their endeavors.

The graduates will be attending some of the top high schools in the New York area, including Bronx High School of Science, Archbishop Molloy, and St. Francis Prep, among others.

“The graduation ceremony is a moment full of hope for the future,” noted Rev. Fr. Paul Palesty, presiding priest of St. Nicholas, who led the opening prayer with Rev. Fr. Aristidis Garinis, and Rev. Fr. Andreas Houpos. Fr. Palesty also noted the retirement of Principal Athena Kromidas in the middle of the school year, greeting and thanking her for her long-time work and contributions to the school and the community.

Continuing the tradition, alumna Nicole Pashalis, Class of 2014, now a graduate of Bronx High School of Science, heading to Duke University in the fall, returned to offer her thoughts and best wishes to the Class of 2018.

Among the speakers at the ceremony, PTA President Emily Siderakis, Assistant Principal Georgia Kakivelis, School Board President Elaine T. Mallios, and Parish Council President Bill Kakoullis also offered their thoughts, encouragement, and congratulations to the graduates.

Principal Mary Tzallas presented the Class of 2018 congratulating her students for their success and urging them to remain authentic, honest, and true people and to maintain their positive attitude, enthusiasm, and vitality throughout their lives.

The graduating class of 57 students:

Elleni Alfonso

Nicholas Andreou

Irene Arhaniotis

Michael Baltzis

Angelena Bougiamas

Sophia Christofidis

George Diakomihalis

Peter Dimitrakopoulos

Yianni Galeoto

George Georgelis

Peter Georgiou

Elena Maria Georgoulas

Tiffany Grapsas

Constantine Hatzidimitris

George Hatzinikolaou

Achilleas Ioannou

Yianni Ioannou

Eleni Iosif

George Kanellopoulos

Eleni Kapsokavadis

Adrianne Karantonis

Eleni Kassimis

Victoria Kekatos

Yianni Kormusis

Vasiliki Kossaris

Mario Kyprianides

Nicholas Loizou

Georgia Mamais

Nicholas Manaris

Katherine Metis

Athanasia Misthos

Maria Molos

Paris Neophytou

Eftyhia Nikolaou

Michael Notias

Zoe Panagiotidis

Emmanuel Papamichael

Marietta Poulos

Margarita Rigos

George Sanoulis

Anastasia Schreiner

Victoria Schultz

Panagiotis Sgouros

Eleftheria Siakavellas

Nicholas Siderakis

Elisavet Simeonidis

Vasilios Spaliaras

Matthew Spyriounis

John Thanasules

Theoni Theofanopoulos

Christina Tsamutalis

Andreas Vasiliadis

Anna Vikatos

Victoria Vlachos

Eleftherios Zoumpanidopoulos

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