2011-12 Award Recipients
Antonio Anagnostopoulos – Antonio is a student at Loyola University with a double major in Biology and Psychology, and a minor in Neuroscience. He aspires to pursuer a career in medicine, and has been on the dean’s list every semester. Antonio was past GOYA president at his local parish, is currently involved with YAL, volunteers at Lake Forest Hospital, and was a member of the Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society. He attended Pythagoras Greek school and was also recognized for 500 hours of community service.
Melpomeni Anastasia Arianas – Currently attending the Honors College at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Melpomeni is majoring in Biology and plans to attend medical school. She graduated high school with high honors, was on the Dean’s List, was a member of the National Honor Society, was named an Illinois State Scholar, was awarded the Board of Education Fenton Scholar, received the Presidential Education Excellence Award, the Principal’s Award and The Three Hierarch’s Award for being valedictorian of her Greek school graduating class.
Anna Marie Baboulas – A freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Anna plans to major in Nursing before pursuing her Master of Science in Health Science for Physician Assistants. Anna graduated from Glenbrook South High School as Glenbrook Scholar and Illinois State Scholar, and was a member of the National Honors Society and Cum Laude Society. She received a senior honors award in English and Dance, and also assisted in building houses in Mississippi for Habitat for Humanity, for those who lost their homes during Hurricane Katrina.
Zacharias George Bouras – Zach graduated 2nd out his class of 1,003 students at Lane Tech College Prep High School with a 5.23 GPA. He was captain of the Chess team and was an Illinois Class 6A State Champion. Zach also won in the Chicago MVP tournament in 2010 and 2011, and was also a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and Hellenic Society. Zach is now attending the University of Chicago, where he will complete a double major in Economics and Political Science. He then plans to either go to law school or work as an economist.
Teresa Bozikis – A Senior at Northern Illinois University pursuing a degree in Communicative Disorders, Teresa plans to attain her goal of becoming a speech-language pathologist through graduate studies. She aspires to be a professor and continue research in the area of Autism. Teresa serves as Director of Academic Affairs for NIU’s Student Association, Vice-President of Scholarship for the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, President of NIU’s Communicative Disorders Student Association, and member of the Greek Orthodox Christian Fellowship.
Theresa Irene Chresand – Theresa is currently a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, where she is pursuing a double major in Greek and Latin. A National Merit Scholar, she was accepted into the University’s Honors Program and has made the Dean’s List every semester. She is the secretary of the University Classics Club, and helps organize the club’s events. She has also been a member of St. Mary’s Hellenic Dancers of Minneapolis for the past five years, and led the group at the Minneapolis Greek Festival.
Eleni Evelyn Christou – Eleni, a Greek Cypriot, is an Honors Student at the University of Florida pursuing a degree in History with a double minor in Greek and French. She is a National Merit Scholar as well as a National AP Scholar with distinction. As serves as President of the Greek American Student Association, and Vice President of the University of Florida Speech and Debate Team, where she competes in Policy Debate. After graduating, Eleni plans on serving in the Peace Corps and then attending law school.
Agnes Zissis Dardas – Agnes is completing her degree in Neurobiology and minor in Economics at Harvard University. She has served as Research Assistant at BIDMC’s Hand Orthopedic Surgery department, Operations Manager at The Harvard Crimson, Treasurer of the Hellenic Society, and Sunday School teacher at St. Spyridon. She graduated Valedictorian of her high school class and was a recipient of the Megas Alexandros Award, the Christ Bozes Medical Essay Prize, the Senior Citizenship Award, the Bausch & Lomb Science Award, and is a National AP Scholar.
Nicholas Peter Demas – Nick is currently completing his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Yale University and plans to continue his education in graduate school. His independent research in developing a 3D skin imager for cancer detection took 1st prize in the Collegiate Inventors Competition and 2nd in the CIMIT Prize for Primary Healthcare in 2011. He has contributed to upgrades for the LHC Particle Detector at CERN and has been consulted as a mechanical engineer and designer by medical professionals in the New Haven area.
Edward Alexander Fancher – Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Edward moved to New York City to pursue a degree in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He aspires to secure a job in investing after graduating. One of his greatest accomplishments was gaining proficiency in Japanese in order to study abroad in Fukuoka, Japan during his sophomore year. He has been awarded AP Scholar With Distinction, National Merit Society commended scholar, and has made NYU’s Stern’s Dean’s List.
Stergios Gatzoflias – Stergios is a freshman Biology major on the Pre-Med track at Northeastern University. He has volunteered over 300 hours in the Emergency and Cardiology Departments of local hospitals and has been active in his parish’s charity events. Additionally, he has served as captain of the Varsity Volleyball team, President of GOYA, and was awarded the Helen Pavlakis Award for receiving a score of 100 on the Greek Regents.
Vasiliki P. Giannakakos – A freshman at Cornell University, Vasiliki is following the pre-med track. She was a member of four honor societies in high school and graduated in the top ten percentile of her class. Vasiliki was part of the volunteer and leadership club LENS, and helped strengthen the Green Team and Literary Journal in her high school. She was president of GOYA, danced in her church’s troupe for seven years, and is a member of Cornell’s Hellenic Student Association.
Alexander Makris Gruebele – Alexander is a freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He graduated from University Laboratory High School with a 4.0 GPA. Alex has won medals at several high school math and science competitions and is currently a James Scholar and a Raymond and Birute Viskanta Mechanical Engineering Scholar. He enjoys a cappella singing with his school’s Madrigals and with the Central Illinois Children’s Chorus. He also enjoys playing the piano and guitar.
Yvonne Renee Hajaj – Yvonne is a junior at Youngstown State University in the Respiratory Therapist Program. Her goal is to help people, as she herself has a chronic blood disorder and spent most of her teen years in and out of the hospital. When her condition stabilized, she decided to go to college. She has been on the Dean’s List and has volunteered many hours to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She aspires to work at Akron Children’s Hospital or the Cleveland Clinic.
Demitrios George Haldes – A Chicago native, Demetri attended Lincoln Park High school, where he graduated from the International Baccalaureate program. He is currently attending the University of Notre Dame, where he is majoring in Economics. In college, he received distinction as a member of the President’s List. In the future, He aspires to become an investment banker. His interests include playing basketball, reading, and spending time with his family.
Cleopatra Haviaras – Currently a junior at CUNY Queens College, Cleopatra is pursuing degrees in History and Classics with minors in Business & Liberal Arts and Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. She is an Honors Student, a Racial Tolerance Project Facilitator, a Project ExCEL Mentor, an Upper Junior-Lower Senior Representative, and a School Ambassador Leader. She is on the Dean’s List and was also a recent recipient of the Hellenic Times Scholarship. She plans to pursue a career in Criminal Justice and earn her PhD in the field of European History.
Andrew Gregory Kalina – Andrew is a sophomore at Harvard University pursuing a major in History and Science with a secondary in Religion. He is manager of the Wind Ensemble and is involved in Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Band, the Harvard Health Advocacy Program, and IM Football and Hockey on campus. He has done mission work in Mexico, Constantinople and Romania, and hopes to continue this someday as a physician.
Mary Emmanuil Kamos – A pre-med freshman at Loyola University Maryland, Mary is pursuing a major in Biology along with a Spanish minor. She is involved in GOYA, Hellenic Golden Coins Dance Group, Vacation Bible School and the National Honor Society. As a Baltimore Polytechnic Institute student, she conducted gastrointestinal surgical research at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She was awarded the Loyola Presidential Scholarship and Maryland Merit Scholastic Award, and has been a member of the Women’s Pre-Health Society, Hellenic Awareness Club and Tri-Beta Biology Society.
Evangelos Dionysius Kustubardis – A student at Stevens Institute of Technology studying Chemical Biology, Evangelos aspires to become a plastic surgeon in order to help burn victims. He has excelled in all of his classes and for the past three years has been the President of the Hellenic Students Association. One of his most memorable accomplishments is writing a book on the Apostle Paul, and was awarded personally by the late Archbishop of Greece Christodoulos. He spends his free time writing poetry and playing his favorite musical instrument, the clarinet.
Nicholas George Lambert – A freshman honors Biochemistry major at the University of Minnesota, Nicholas also plans on pursuing a minor in Italian Studies. He was a National Merit Scholar and a recipient of the International Baccalaureate Diploma. In high school, Nicholas served as President of GOYA, was part of the National Honor Society, swam on the Varsity Swim Team, and served as a chanter in his Greek Orthodox parish. Currently, he hopes to attend medical school, and due to his passion for languages and cultures, he is interested in working as a doctor abroad.
Melissa Kay Likiardopoulos – Melissa is a Religious Studies major at Hellenic College, with the goal of becoming a youth director in the Orthodox Church. As a high school senior, she won the Antiochian Archdiocesan Oratorical Festival as well as second place in the International Bible Bowl competition with her team. She participated in the Summer Kallinikeion Institute and finished top in her class. She is also a Student Philosophy Tutor as well as a piano teacher. Melissa volunteers in her church as a Vacation Bible school teacher and Camp Counselor.
Alexandra Camille Mullenax – A sophomore at the University of Florida, Alexandra is majoring in Classics with a concentration in Greek Studies. An International Baccalaureate Scholar, she aspires to achieve a PhD in Classics, with the hope of becoming a professor in Classical Studies. Alexandra is actively involved in the Greek American Student Association and Greek dance group at her university, and is the Social & Fundraising chair of her chapter’s Maids of Athena. In her spare time, Alexandra also enjoys dabbling in the baking and pastry arts, always looking for new ways to make healthier versions of classic pastries.
Vassiliki Zoe Papagermanos – Vassiliki is attending Barnard College at Columbia University, where she is studying Neuroscience and Behavior. After completing her undergraduate studies, she plans on attending medical school to become a pediatrician. Currently, Vassiliki is a research assistant at the Silver Neurobiology Laboratory at Columbia University, a health educator through the Peer Health Exchange program, and the Greek Dance Instructor for Columbia University’s Undergraduate Hellenic Association.
Enji Pavlos Papazisi – Paul is currently a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Civil Engineering with a Business minor. His goal is to acquire a Masters degree in Structural Engineering with the hope of establishing his own structural design firm. His ultimate dream is to design a structure in downtown Chicago. Paul is currently the Social Chair of the Structural Engineers Association and hopes to be its’ president one day.
Efthimia Peiralis – Efthimia attends DePaul University and hopes to one day restructure the educational system stressing math, science and the arts. She received her Greek education at Koraes School, where she achieved honors in math, science and writing. A graduate of Lincoln Park High, Efthimia believes strongly in the importance of academics and healthy competition, as it is one of the most competitive high schools in Illinois. She attributes her accomplishments to her Greek education and love of Hellenic ideals, which laid the foundation for her success.
Elia Sophia Pepps – Pursuing a degree in Vocal Music Education from Millikin University, Elia participated in Choir, Musical Theater, and Private Voice during her High School career as well. She held leadership positions in all of these arena’s, earning her the National Arion Musical Excellence Award. Elia has been on the High Dean’s List all semesters and plays an active role on the executive boards of multiple student organizations. She looks forward to sharing her passion for choral music and aspires to work with choirs around the globe as a choral clinician.
Demetra Mary Perry – A junior at Cornell University, Demetra studies Chemistry and Chemical Biology and has been on the Dean’s List each semester. She graduated from Avon High School as a distinguished scholar, having received the recognition of National Scholar Athlete and AP Scholar with Honor, and was selected as a recipient of the Middlebury Book Award and RPI Medal Award. She served as secretary of her parish’s GOYA and currently holds positions on the executive boards of Student Ambassadors, Cornell Orientation Committee, and Alpha Chi Sigma.
Anna Sophia Petrides – Anna is a Communication Science and Disorders major in the Health and Human Development Department at Pennsylvania State University. She is preparing to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s in Speech and Language Pathology. After graduating she intends to work in a hospital trauma unit with patients who require immediate intervention and rehabilitation in neurological and speech therapy. Through her numerous experiences, Anna has become very passionate about mission work and traveling to help those in need.
Petros Dimitrios Petrides – Petros is pre-med studying Biology at Columbia University. Actively involved in the University’s Emergency Medical Services and Tissue Engineering Research, he plans to pursue an MD/PhD upon graduating to combine his interests in medicine and basic research. Petros has been recognized on the Dean’s List each semester and received the Columbia Promise Award for co-founding a free CPR certification program on his campus. As a high school student, Petros was a National Merit Commended Scholar, an Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar, and an AP Scholar with honors.
Katerina Georgette Rallis – Katerina attends Elmhurst College and is pursuing a major in elementary education, with minors in reading and theatre. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, and has been on the Dean’s List every semester. She is actively involved in Elmhurst’s Theatre Department and Improvisation Ensemble, and teaches Greek dance at Pythagoras Greek School and The Orpheus Dance Troupe, where she is both a member and vocalist. She has been on several mission trips to Mexico and Guatemala, and plans to participate in Teach for America upon graduation.
Jenny Christine Sampras – Currently a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Jenny is majoring in Biological Sciences on a pre-medicine track with a minor in Greek. She is current Vice President of the Hellenic Student Association, and serves as Co-Coordinator for the Peer Health Exchange, where she volunteers as a health instructor in Chicago Public High Schools and runs the UIC chapter of the program. She has maintained Deans List every semester, is a member of the honors college, and was named an Illinois State Scholar.
John Harry Secaras – John is a sophomore at Northwestern University double-majoring in Sociology and Legal Studies, and is a member of the Brady Scholars Program in Ethics and Civic Life. John hopes to someday become a lawyer or judge. He is the Community Service Chair of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity at Northwestern. Additionally, John is a member of the Hellenic American Student Union and serves as an assistant editor on the Northwestern Interdisciplinary Law Review. He was recognized on the Dean’s List and was a 2009 Chicago Tribune Scholar-Athlete.
Theodora Marie Skeadas – Theodora attends Harvard University and is pursuing a double major in Philosophy and Government and minor in Modern Middle East Studies. She speaks Arabic, Greek, French, and Spanish, and seeks a career in human rights and conflict resolution in the Middle East and North Africa. She was awarded the Most Outstanding Senior Girl Award and Senior Female Scholar Athlete of the Year in high school, and served as President of the National Honor Society and GOYA. Upon graduation, Theodora will be teaching at a school in Meknes, Morocco.
Andrew Michael Sotiriou – Andrew is majoring in American Studies at Yale University, where he is exploring his spirituality through his studies of Modern Greek, painting, literature, film, and theatre. He graduated valedictorian of his high school class, was selected for Cooper Union’s Saturday Outreach Program, and is a National AP Scholar. Andrew is the recipient of a FAITH Scholarship from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, a FLAS Scholarship for his study of Modern Greek, and the winner of the Pulse Student Artist VIP Scholarship.
George John Sotos – George is a graduate of Adlai E. Stevenson High School, and was an Illinois State Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, AP Scholar with distinction and maintained High Honor Roll status each year. As a member of GIVE (Givers of Important Volunteer Efforts), he has volunteered at multiple nursing homes. A student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, George is currently on the Dean’s List where he is majoring in Accounting and is on track to complete the Bachelor/Master in Accounting Science program in 4 years.
Lydia Souroufis – Lydia studies at Boston University where she is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Modern Greek Studies. She is on the executive board of her school’s Hellenic Association and has interned for Massachusetts’ Governor Deval Patrick, where she helped out with the process of nominating judges for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is a Dean’s List student who hopes to attend Law School. In her spare time, Lydia swims and enjoys sailing on the Charles River.
Evan Peter Tassis – Evan is on the pre-med track at Johns Hopkins University and is Vice President of Alpha Omega Tutoring Services, which provides free tutoring help to autistic students. He completed a competitive internship with the Food and Drug Administration, and was an AP Scholar of Distinction and a State of Maryland distinguished scholar. He has received the Emory University Book Award, the Nobel Claus Scholarship Award, the Montgomery County MD Meritorious Service Award, Congressman Chris Van-Hollen Public Service Award, and the Obama Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
George John Touloumes – George is majoring in electrical engineering at Princeton University, and plans to graduate with a certificate in Robotics and Intelligent Systems, before continuing his engineering studies in graduate school. George serves as Vice-President of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and is an active member of Engineers Without Borders and the Orange PanHellenic Association. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction and a U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete. George is an active missionary, and has completed over 150 hours of work building homes for Project Mexico.
Ted George Vlahos – Currently a student at Loyola University Chicago, Ted is studying Bioinformatics and Economics, and plans to pursue a PhD in Virology. He was awarded two research fellowships to study genetic mutations using computational methods. He was recognized for his involvement in Greek life by being awarded the Greek Person of the Year award over all members of fraternities and sororities. He is also an avid triathlete, and plans to complete his first Ironman triathlon this September.
Neil Menelaos Vranis – Neil is a senior at the Johns Hopkins University majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Entrepreneurship and Management. He will be attending medical school next year as he aspires to become a clinical physician. During his time at Johns Hopkins he played varsity football and professional soccer, qualified for the Dean’s List several times, served as the chairman of the JHU Ethics Board and has been inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa, Golden Key and National Society of Collegiate Scholars honors societies.
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