2016-17 Award Recipients

Alexander William Alatsis – Alexander studies Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a minor in Computational Sciences and Engineering, at The Ohio State University (OSU). He is a Maximus Merit Scholar and Honda-OSU Scholar, and has maintained his place on the university-wide and College of Engineering Dean’s List every semester. Alexander has interned with Procter & Gamble, Lyondell Basell, and Texas Instruments.

Aspasia Ariadni Amiridis – Aspasia is a Biochemistry and Cellular & Molecular Biology major in the Honors College at the University of South Carolina. She plans on attending a doctoral program, and hopes to eventually specialize in either anesthesiology or obstetrics and gynecology. She would also like to continue her research in biochemistry. She was the valedictorian of her high school class and is on the President’s List at USC.

Peter Christo Charalambous – Peter is a freshman at Dartmouth College, where he studies government and history. In high school, he was the captain of the Speech & Debate team and Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper. At Dartmouth, he is a member of the Mock Trial team, a staff writer for the school newspaper, The Dartmouth, and a volunteer for Students Fighting Hunger, a community organization that cooks meals for local residents.

Thomasina Paulette Chirgott – Thomasina is a junior nursing student at Robert Morris University. She has made the School of Nursing Dean’s List every semester. Thomasina has been accepted into the Cleveland Clinic’s prestigious Nurse Associate Externship for the Summer of 2017. She joined the Association of Women’s Health Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses with plans to become an obstetric nurse, and eventually become a women’s health nurse practitioner.

Alexei Christodoulides – After only three years as an undergraduate, Alexei will graduate from UCLA with a degree in Molecular Biology at just nineteen years old. Throughout his undergraduate career, Alexei has conducted research in oncology, taught AP Biology, volunteered, and explored photography. Alexei is currently applying to medical school with hopes of pursuing a career as a trauma surgeon.

Giana Ariel Damianos – Giana is a sophomore at Indiana University where she is double-majoring in Economics and Psychology. She is on the Dean’s List and is a member of the Mock Trial Team and the Hellenic Student Association. Giana spent her summer studying abroad in Athens and hopes to return soon. After graduating, she aspires to attend law school or graduate school.

Plato Alexander Deliyannis – Plato is a freshman at Cornell University, where he studies mathematics, physics, and economics. He plans to become an aeronautical engineer or a research astrophysicist. Plato is a National Merit Finalist and AP scholar of distinction. He has studied the violin for thirteen years and was the concertmaster of his high school orchestra, including their performance at the renowned John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

Thalia Marie Dimitriou – Thalia is a sophomore at Florida State University majoring in Music Therapy. She is very involved in the Hellenic community as Chapter President of the Maids of Athena, as well as being a member of OCF, and Greek Dance groups. Thalia is also the Vice President of the Alpha Mu Alpha Music Therapy Fraternity, and Secretary of the Swing Dance Club.

Nikoletta Marie Economou – Nikoletta is freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison pursuing majors in Business & Marketing or Broadcast Journalism. She aspires to become the CEO of a large company or a live sports reporter. In high school, Nikoletta was on the High Honor Roll and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and as an undergraduate at UW, she is on the Dean’s List.

Fotios Emery – Fotios is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Electrical Engineering. In high school, Fotios was an AP Scholar with Distinction, and this year was awarded the Dorothy Frawley Marshall Scholarship & Freshman Academic Achievement Award. Loyal to his Greek heritage, he volunteers in the summers with the Aggii Theodori Association of Firefighters on the Island of Samos. He is an accomplished fencer and speaks five languages.

Maria Nastasia Ganios – Maria is a junior at the University of Akron majoring in Biochemistry, with plans to attend pharmacy school. She was the valedictorian of her high school class, is on the University of Akron’s Presidential List and Dean’s List, and is a Julius Muehlstein Scholarship recipient. Her special interests include baking, traveling, and volunteering.

Jenna Magdalene George – Jenna George is double-majoring in Elementary Education and Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She loves writing and photography, and has won awards for her journalism. She is an avid basketball player for her church, and has participated in monthly GOYA meetings since before high school.

Gregory Grigoropoulos – Gregory is a pre-medical, Exercise Physiology student at Loyola University Chicago. Gregory has maintained his Dean’s List status every semester of his undergraduate career, and was recently inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, an honors society awarded to the top 5% of nominated students in each school. Gregory also conducts research relating to movement patterns in children with disabilities, and is an avid marathon runner.

Vasilios C. Ikonomou – At just nineteen years old, Vasilios is a sophomore psychology student at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. He is an Honor Student on the President’s List, and leads a supervised research project in the Psychology Department. He is also the Vice President of his local AHEPA Chapter 445, and is the Youth President & Head Dance Instructor at the Pontian Society “Akritai” of Philadelphia.

Paraskevi Voula Kakares – Paraskevi is a freshman at Illinois Wesleyan University. She is majoring in English, with a minor in Spanish. Paraskevi works for University Communications and will be working as a writing tutor in the fall. She graduated from high school in the top 5% of her class as an AP Scholar and a member of NHS. She also made the Dean’s List her first semester at Illinois Wesleyan. Paraskevi has also been a member of the Orpheus Dance Troupe for four years.

Vasiliki Karahalios – Vasiliki attends the University of Utah Honors College and studies art history and archaeology. Vasiliki graduated high school with an International Baccalaureate Diploma and works as an art history research assistant under Dr. Christine Jones, who she assists in her Honors course. Vasiliki made the Dean’s List during her first semester of college, and is also an accomplished swimmer.

Ioannis Christos Karakozis – Ioannis is a sophomore at Princeton University, majoring in Computer Science and pursuing a certificate in Statistics and Machine Learning. Once he graduates, he hopes to enter the start-up world and work on high-tech impact-oriented ventures. Ultimately, Ioannis aspires to transfer his experience to Greece so he can help foster entrepreneurship there. His primary areas of interest are exponential and emerging technologies and mobile app development.

Maria Eleni Kollaros – Maria is a sophomore studying Political Science at the University of Chicago. She plans on pursuing a law degree and becoming an attorney. Maria excels in her academics while working part-time on campus. She is on the Dean’s List, is a recipient of the Odyssey Scholarship, and is an AP Scholar. She enjoys traveling and working on an on-campus literary magazine.

Marisa Leigh Kometas – Marisa attends the University of Oklahoma and studies Biology and Economics, with honors in both majors. She also is a Chemistry minor. She graduated from high school with high honors and received both an International Baccalaureate diploma and the Superintendent’s Diploma of Distinction. Upon graduation, Marisa will attend dental school. She enjoys tutoring and writing poetry.

Basil Demetrios Kyriacou – Basil is a pre-medical student at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a member of the Sigma Alpha Pi National Honor Society. In high school, he was a member of the Cum Laude Society, and was an Illinois State Scholar and an AP Scholar. He also won the State Championship for Congressional Debate. Basil enjoys playing viola and sailing.

Alexandros Odysseas Lambropoulos – Alexandros is an Economics student at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He has been on the Dean’s List since 2013. He is very passionate about startups and technology, and recently started his own business, mentorme.gr, with the mission to mentor Greeks who wish to pursue their academic studies abroad.

Vasiliki Mitsakis – Vasiliki attends New York University, with plans to double-major in Politics and Media Culture & Communication. She works as a United Nations Youth Representative for a women’s rights NGO, and is a host, producer, sound engineer, and the head of Social Media Outreach at Cosmos FM.

Maria Anna Palivos – Maria is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Political Science and Legal Studies, and she plans on attending law school after graduation. She is a member of the University’s Letters and Science Honors Program, is on the Dean’s List, is an Illinois State Scholar, and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Excellence. Maria works as a legal writing intern at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Demi Panagopoulos – Demi is a freshman Honors student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), majoring in pre-nursing. She hopes to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. She is on the Dean’s List and she is also a Chancellor’s Scholar. In high school, Demi earned several awards for her art, and she was a member of Interact Club. She was also a member of the National Honors Society and she graduated high school with Academic Honors.

Georgia Elaine Pappas – Georgia is a freshman at DePaul University’s School of Music, studying Vocal Performance with an emphasis on Opera Singing. Her goal is to get her Master’s degree at the Julliard School of Music, and from there return to perform at the Ryan Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Georgia plans to pursue a minor in education as she is passionate about working with students and would love to teach music.

Christina Marie Paris – Christina is a freshman at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. She is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Christina is actively involved with the RoboJackets robotics team and co-founded FIRST Robotics Team #5571 at her high school. She is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Student Government Association.

Katerina Frank Paulos – Nina is a student at the University of Utah majoring in Entrepreneurship, and is a student in the university’s School of Business in the Upper Division. After earning her business degree, she hopes to one day start her own.

James Anthony Phyrillas – James is a freshman at Temple University. As a member of Temple’s Honors Living Learning Community, he plans to major in Economics with a minor in Communication Studies. He has written over 100 articles for a county-wide newspaper, performed in numerous community theatre productions, and created mashup videos on YouTube. One even captured the attention of Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Andrew John Pierropoulos – Andrew is a freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently studying in the College of Business with the intent to major in Accountancy. In high school, Andrew was a four-year High Honor roll student and was named an Illinois State Scholar in 2016. He also served as a Greek school teaching assistant and youth athletics coach at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church.

Alexandros Vasilis Psichas – Alexandros is a freshman at the United States Naval Academy, with plans to major in Operations Research, with a Spanish minor. After graduation, Alexandros will commission as an Officer in the United States Navy, and will then return to school to earn an MBA. He enjoys collegiate policy debate and loves to cook. He received a Congressional Principal Nomination to a service academy, and won the AP Scholar with Distinction award in high school.

Sophia Alexandra Reagan – Sophia is a senior at the University of Florida (UF). Her major is Health Education & Behavior, with a minor in Greek Studies. Her career goal is to become a Physician’s Assistant. She has received an AHEPA Scholarship, Kontaridis Scholarship for Greek Studies, College of HHP Dean’s List, Cassas Scholarship in the Greek Language, and CLAS Dean’s Office Scholarship.

Elizabeth Christy Reichert – Elizabeth is a freshman at Stanford University, where she plans to study Management Science & Engineering, as well as Music & Voice Performance. As a top scholar and an accomplished vocalist, dancer, and musical theater actress, she hopes to use her scientific and analytical background and creativity to become an effective leader and contributor both in the biotechnology sector and in the arts.

John Michael Sakaleros – John is a freshman at Earlham College in the pre-medical program, majoring in Biochemistry. He graduated from high school Summa Cum Laude, and was an AP Scholar with Distinction. He was also a 2016 Archimedes Next Generation STEM Scholar semi-finalist. He has earned the Earlham College Founders Scholarship and the Edwards Chemistry Scholarship, and currently plays basketball on the Earlham College basketball team.

James Angelo Sellas – James is a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the James Scholar Honors Program. He studies history with a minor in global labor studies, and hopes to ultimately pursue a career in human resources. Outside of the classroom, James is a board member on the Chancellor’s Committee on Access and Accommodation and Vice President of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship.

Athena Maria Sofides – Athena is a sophomore at Smith College, majoring in Environmental Science & Policy. Athena is a Dean’s List student, Posse Scholar, and member of her region’s OCF. In high school, she served as President of the National Honor Society, School Secretary, Editor of the Student Newspaper, and Founder of the Women’s Empowerment Club. Athena is the founder of PJ’s for Patients, an organization that collects pajamas for children and young adults undergoing cancer treatments.

Stephanie Marie Sotiropoulos – Stephanie is as a student at Purdue University Northwest. She is majoring in Biology and her career goal is to become a cardiothoracic surgeon or pediatrician. She plays for the women’s soccer team at Purdue and is also a student in the Honors College. Stephanie currently maintains a perfect GPA and was on the Fall 2016 Dean’s List.

Evyenia Alexa Spencer – Evyenia is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Kent State University. Her goal is to attend graduate school to become a Nurse Anesthetist. Evyenia has been awarded Kent State University’s Trustee Scholarship, Virginia James Scholarship, George T. Pappas Scholarship, and the Ohio Girls Golf Association Scholarship. She was also on the Dean’s List and President’s Scholar List in the Fall of 2016.

Nicholas Grigorivich Staviski – Nicholas Staviski is a junior Honors Petroleum Engineering student at the University of Texas at Austin. He is External Vice President for Delta Tau Delta, Treasurer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and an active Sunday School teacher. Nick closely identifies with his Greek heritage and loves traveling to Greece. He has spent the past two summers interning and plans to counsel at the Ionian Village in 2018.

Angeliki Sykiotis – Angeliki is a sophomore studying architecture at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her interests in mathematics, photography and drawing lead her to pursue an architecture degree, as it combines her passion for both art and science. She has been the recipient of several scholarship awards and educational distinctions.

John Theophilus Touloupis – John is a freshman in the Honors College at the University of Mississippi, pursuing a dual degree in Economics and Broadcast Journalism, and is on the Chancellor’s Honor Roll. In high school, John was Student Body President, and played varsity soccer and basketball. He was also a United States Senate Youth Program National Semifinalist, an AP Scholar with Honors, and he received the Archangel Michael Award from the Metropolis of Atlanta.

Athina Vrosgou – Athina is a pre-medical sophomore at Duke University, majoring in Cultural Anthropology with Biology and Chemistry minors. She loves singing in Duke’s oldest female a cappella group, Chorale, as well as the Chamber Choir. She is a C.V. Starr Scholarship and Dean’s List Honor recipient, a volunteer in the Cancer Patient Support Program, a research assistant at the Jordt Lab of Anesthesiology, and a past intern at SBU’s Cancer Prevention Center and Vascular Laboratory.

Antigone Xenopoulos – Antigone Xenopoulos is a freshman at Stanford University. She has a background in political debate, writes for the Stanford Review, and is avidly interested in foreign policy. Antigone plans to double-major in Computer Science and History on the Global Affairs track. With this expertise, she hopes to specialize in government use of technology in order to alleviate humanitarian crises.