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:
Elena Maria Georgoulas