x

Politics

St. Demetrios Jamaica Greek School Graduation

June 20, 2019

JAMAICA, NY – The Greek Afternoon School at St. Demetrios in Jamaica held its graduation ceremony on June 12, celebrating the completion of another successful school year.

Presiding priest of the community Father Konstantinos Kalogridis began the celebration with a prayer and then wished the graduates all the best in their future endeavors and that God be with them at every step of their lives. He thanked the parents and all those present and wished everyone a “good summer.”

The 8th grade graduates Evgenia Drakoulias, Simonides Kalpaxis, Ioanna Stefanakis, Katerina Tsouratakis, and Nikolaos Hatzigeorgiou presented important moments of their school life from grades 1-8.

They each expressed their gratitude to the Greek school for all the memories and friends they had made over the years. The five graduates of the Greek school, together with the youngest children of the school, participated in a beautiful program with songs, theatrical scenes and musical recitals, garnering enthusiastic applause from the proud parents and grandparents present.

Principal Apostolos Fountas told the graduates that “they should be grateful to their parents and the community of Saint Demetrios, for they have provided them with a proper Greek-Christian education,” and noted that the last eight years of their life are full of memories that they will never forget. He wished the graduates good progress and health and joy in the future.

Finally, he thanked the parents who trust the St. Demetrios School and brought their children to learn the Greek language, religion, and their history.

Fountas also congratulated all the school children and thanked the teachers, Panagiota Kakogiannis, Eleni Kakogiannis, Emmanuela Christodoulou, and Despina Stavrou, as well as Stavros Kilimitzoglou.

Eighth grade students Ioanna Stefanakis and Simonides Kalpaxis were presented with awards by the Hellenic American Owners Association. Principal Fountas thanked the Association for this year’s contribution to the afternoon school.

The ceremony ended with a speech by Fr. Kalogridis, who highlighted the importance of the children learning Greek, as this means that the young people will be more and more connected as they progress through life with Greece and its people and develop their relations with peers in Greece.

He also handed out the diplomas and awards and congratulated the children for their performance and effort.

Awards for Excellence were presented to: Ioanna Stefanakis, Tryfonas Nittis, Evangelia Amorim, Anastasios Roumeliotis, and Dimitrios Katechis.

Awards for Participation were presented to: Simonides Kalpaxis, Gerasimos Hatzigeorgiou, Victoria Vagiopoulou, Vasilios Seretis, Anna Paparousopoulou.

Attendance Awards were presented to: Ioanna Stefanakis, Tryfonas Nittis, Ioannis Parlambanidis, Vasilios Seretis, and Dionysios Valentis.

St. Demetrios Jamaica Greek Afternoon School is open Monday and Wednesday, 4-6 pm, for all students interested in learning the Greek language and culture. Eighth grade students prepare for the Archdiocese’s Neo-Hellenic Examination. Attendance is free of charge and courses will start again for the fall on Wednesday, September 11.

A reception with sweets and refreshments courtesy of the Parents’ Association, followed the ceremony.

RELATED

HIMARE - The continued detention in Albania of Fredi Beleri, an ethnic Greek elected Mayor of Himare, now has seen Greece blocking a European Union Defense anse Security Agreement with that country.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Zelenskyy Hosts Western Leaders in Kyiv as Ukraine Marks 2 Years since Russia’s Full-Scale Invasion

KYIV, Ukraine  — President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed Western leaders to Kyiv Saturday to mark the second anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion, as Ukrainian forces run low on ammunition and weaponry and foreign aid hangs in the balance.

From shamrocks to leprechaun hats to green beer, it just wouldn't be St.

Olfa Hamrouni doesn’t know much about her granddaughter; not her favorite toy nor food — is it the pasta the child’s mother loves, or something else? The Tunisian grandmother doesn’t even let her mind go there.

LOS ANGELES  — LeBron James had 30 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame Victor Wembanyama's historic “5x5” statistical performance for their seventh victory in nine games, 123-118 over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.

DOHA - Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had a meeting with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, on Saturday in Doha.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.