2004 Award Recipients

Renee Stephanie Kleris – Graduating Cum Laudein her Pace Academy H.S. (Atlanta, Ga.) Class of 2004, Renée is a National Honors Society member, and a recipient of the Scottish Rite Hospital’s HOPE Scholarship, the PACE Senior Citizen Award, St. Basil Sportsmanship Award, Sunday School Perfect Attendance, Hellenic Dance Festival and 1st-Pl. Speech awards. Her activities include volunteer work at a local soup kitchen, choir, Treasurer of her parish G.O.Y.A., Maids of Athena, Varsity Tennis and Cheerleading squads. The daughter of Dr. George and MetaxiaKleris, she attends the College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University.

Samantha Ann Papadakisis – Ranked 31/381 in her Deerfield H.S. (Illinois) Class of 2004, this top-ranked U.S. springboard diver decided to pass on numerous athletic scholarship offers in order to fulfill her dream of attending Harvard’s Kennedy School Government. Daughter of George and Andrea Papadakis, she has achieved numerous distinctions including High Honors (4 yrs.), National Honor Society, Presidential Excellence Award, and Who’s Who in Sports. Her activities include volunteering at the 2002 and 2003 SpecialOlympics, tutoring, and as a diving instructor for local youth programs. Samantha Ann studied in Europe from 1996-99, and is pursuing her studies at Harvard, Majoring in International Relations, with a Minor in Foreign Languages.

Konstantine Papadopoulos – Ranked 37/606 in the Class of 2004 at Centerville H.S. (Ohio), he has combined his accomplished creative writing with Honors/AP Courses in Algebra, Adv. Algebra/Trigonometry and Chemistry, with an interest in science and medicine further evidenced by his participation in related seminars at the U. of Dayton and Wright State U. The son of Anthony and Nectaria Papadopoulos, his community activities include serving as a Teachers Aide, organizing materials at his Greek Orthodox parish’s Greek School, and serving on the parish’s Annual Greek Festival Committee. He is continuing his education at Miami University at Oxford (Ohio).

Danae Konstantinos Roumis – Ranked 6/279 in her Stoughton (Mass.) H.S. Class of 2004, she has proven herself as scholar, world-traveler, athlete and committed Hellene. A member of the National Honors Society and listed in Who’s Who Among American H.S. Students,she served as Co-Captain of the Stoughton H.S. Track & Field team and Co-Editor of its newspaper, The Knight. Active in the Metropolis of Boston’s G.O.Y.A., serving as her parish chapter president from 2001-02, she was part of the team that helped build a home for a needy family in Tijuana, Mexico as part of its “Mission: Mexico” program, and serves as a counselor at the Metropolis Summer Camp and retreats. She is continuing her academic career at the University of Chicago.

“A nation’s treasure is in its scholars.”