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PanHellenic Class of 2018


Sophia Nicole Andricopulos
Accountancy, University of Illinois at

Sophia will be a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying Accountancy with a minor in French and a Leadership Certificate. She is a recipient of
the AHEPA 13th District Scholarship as well as the Peter J. Economos Scholarship. Sophia is
excited about interning with PwC in their Chicago office this summer and hopes to return there full-time after graduation.


Yanni Angelides
Biomedical Engineering,
The Georgia Institute of Technology

Yanni is pursuing a Biomedical Engineering degree and Computer Science minor at the
Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the owner of Agona LLC, creator of the Soccer Sock. Yanni aspires to start his own BME company that creates oncological devices that will one day be in Forbes Top 30 Under 30. He
is a recipient of Georgia Tech Faculty Honors and starter on the soccer team.


Vasiliki Argeroplos
Economics, Vanderbilt University

Vasiliki is a rising sophomore at Vanderbilt University. Her planned major is Economics with two minors in computer science and
business. Her involvements on campus include student government, Greek life, and membership in Students Consulting for Non-Profit
Organizations(SCNO). Through founding her own nonprofit, Okay to Play, she has received the Prudential Spirit Award as well as the Presidents Volunteer Service Award.


Harris Avgousti
Biology, University of Pennsylvania

Harris is currently attending the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2021. He is majoring in
Biology with a concentration in the mechanisms of disease control, as well as minoring in Economics. Harris plans on pursuing a
medical degree. Currently, he is president of Penn Hellenic as well as a Student Researcher at the Perelman School of Medicine in Radiation Oncology.


Alexander Bilzerian
Physics, Cornell University

A junior at Cornell University, Alexander is pursuing a Physics major and a Creative Writing minor. At Cornell, he has taken on
executive board roles in his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, and was honored by the English
Department for a collection of his poetry. Alex hopes to someday, somehow use his knowledge of the natural sciences to make a
difference in the world of medical physics.


Sofija Chroneos
Sculpture and Art Education
Boston University

Sofija is a sophomore at Boston University, where she is pursuing a combined five-year BFA in Sculpture and MA in Art Education. She has made the Dean’s List with Distinction
each semester. Sofija co-founded the undergraduate art magazine, Squinch, and volunteers weekly in public schools. In her future teaching practice, Sofija aims to defend creative opportunities for youth.


Anastasia Dalianis
Ethics, Politics, and Economics, Yale University

Anastasia is a freshman from Park Ridge, Illinois attending Yale University, where she
plans to major in Humanities. She is a National Merit Scholar and has received various
academic and musical awards throughout high school. Outside of class, she writes for Yale’s satire and literary magazines. Anastasia has played cello for ten years and is involved in several orchestras at Yale. After college, she would like to pursue a career
that involves writing.


Paul DeBassio
Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Paul is a rising sophomore at Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute in Troy, NY. He is majoring in Biology and on a Pre-Medical track, hoping to become a Hematologist Oncologist. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in high school and was inducted in the National Honor Society,
the Math Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society.


Ruby Duffy
Social Studies, Wesleyan University

Ruby is a rising sophomore at Wesleyan University. She is majoring in The College of
Social Studies, a multidisciplinary program focusing on the study of history, government, economics, and social theory. This year,
Ruby was acknowledged for high academic achievement and was named on the Dean’s List. After college, Ruby plans to attend law
school and pursue a career in law.


Nickolas Eliadis
Religious Studies, Hellenic College

Nickolas is a second year Seminarian at Hellenic College in Brookline, Massachusetts,
majoring in Religious Studies. He plans to go on to get his Master of Divinity Degree from Holy Cross, and one day, God willing, become
a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church. He has made the President’s list three times and
has received Hellenic College’s Chrysostom Scholarship. Nickolas has been selected to attend the Asia Minor Travel Seminar this
summer in Greece.


Namie Fotion
Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

Namie is a freshman at UCLA majoring in biology with the ultimate goal of becoming a
well-respected doctor in the field of medicine. She has been awarded as an AP Scholar
with Distinction and a FAITH Endowment Scholarship. She has also been recognized and awarded for her artistic skill by the
Southern California Rotary Clubs.


George Gemelas
Ethics, Politics, and Economics,
Yale University

George is a senior at Yale University. He is majoring
in Ethics, Politics, and Economics with a concentration in urban resilience. At Yale, George plays viola in the Yale Symphony Orchestra, works for the Yale Program for Climate Change Communication, and is the Greek
American liaison for Yale’s Hellenic Society. He hopes to launch himself to the front lines of
urban innovation.


Nicholas Georgiou
Computer Engineering and Computer Science,
University of Virginia

Nicholas is a junior at the University of Virginia, double majoring in Computer Engineering
and Computer Science with a minor in Engineering Business. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and has received Intermediate Honors at UVA and Dean’s List honors every semester and plans to go to graduate school. He has been an executive officer of UVA’s Hellenic Society for two years.


George Giakoumakis
Computer Engineering,
Capitol Technology University

George is a junior at Capitol Technology University majoring in computer engineering
with a focus in astronautical engineering. He is currently working on NASA’s Coordinated
Applied Capitol Technology University Satellite (CACTUS-1) mission that will capture low-Earth orbit micrometeorites to demonstrate a cost-saving method of cleaning the atmosphere. George is currently on the Dean’s list and has received the St. Nicholas
Philoptohos Scholarship and the Rhodian Society of Maryland Scholarship.


Christina Hanos
Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Christina is a biology major at Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute in a 7-year medical program affiliated with Albany Medical College. She plays for the RPI field hockey team and is part
of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. She has maintained a 4.0 and is part of the Dean’s Honors List as well as the National Field Hockey Scholar of Distinction list. She is very proud of her heritage and went to Greece last year through the Heritage Greece Program with The American College of Greece.


Geoffrey Hazard
Computer Science and Engineering,
Brown University

Geoffrey is a rising second-year student at Brown University, where he studies Computer Science and Engineering. He designs and
sews clothes, puts on ancient theater plays in Greece, and hopes to combine traditional
knowledge with technical solutions that empower small-scale communities.


Katerina Kerastaris
Public Health,
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Katerina is a pre-physician assistant sophomore at the University of Massachusetts
Amherst, majoring in Public health. She has maintained her Dean’s List status for the
past three semesters. Katerina was recently invited to join the National Society of Collegiate Scholars chapter at the University
of Massachusetts and was also recognized by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Upon graduation, Katerina will attend a Physician’s Assistant program. She hopes to work in a hospital setting for a few years prior to
attending medical school.


Raphael Anastassios Kirou
Biological Sciences, Cornell University

Raphael is a freshman studying biological sciences at Cornell University, with a planned
minor in applied economics. He is on the Dean’s list and an active member of Cornell Orthodox Christian Fellowship. In high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society, a National AP Scholar, and a finalist
at the New York City Science and Engineering Fair for his research on tuberculosis. Raphael has plans to become a physician-scientist in clinical immunology.


Panagiota Kitsopoulos
Mechanical Engineering,
Case Western Reserve University

Panagiota is a sophomore Mechanical Engineering major and Biomedical Engineering
minor at Case Western Reserve University. She was awarded the university’s Junior/Senior
Scholarship and is on the Dean’s Honors List. She was born on the island of Crete and later moved to Germany to complete the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. After achieving a degree in engineering, she intends to pursue a PhD.


Alessandra Koinoglou
Finance, The Ohio State University

Alessandra is a first year Honors student at The Ohio State University. She is a Finance
major with a minor in Economics. Alessandra graduated high school Summa Cum Laude, was a Presidential Scholar, and was in the National Honors Society. At Ohio State Alessandra is in the Hellenic cultural fraternity, Sigma Epsilon Phi and other service organizations. She wishes to either pursue a career in wealth
management or corporate law.


Elias Kotsis
Music, University of Pennsylvania

Elias is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania who is majoring in Music and minoring in Theatre Arts. He is the Chair of Front Row
Theatre Company, Penn’s socially-relevant, student-run theater company. He hopes to compose music for theater and has had original music performed in the New York Musical Festival, the Philly Fringe Fest, the Edinburgh
Festival, and several short films. This summer, Elias will be interning with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.


Petra Kyriakopoulos
Accounting and Finance, Elmhurst College

Petra, a sophomore at Elmhurst College majoring in Accounting and Finance, has received Honor Roll distinction every semester.
When not occupied with studies she is planning club events or on duty at work. Petra’s interests include playing the clarinet, soccer with friends, and mentoring students at school. Her career goals include earning
CPA recognition and providing satisfaction for clients.


The oldest of six children, Leonidas is a freshman at the University of Florida studying
electrical engineering. He was Valedictorian of Vanguard High School in Ocala, FL, completing
the International Baccalaureate program. He is a University of Florida Presidential Gold Scholar and is active in several organizations including the Orthodox Christian Fellowship,
Greek American Student Association, racquetball team, and IEEE.


Darden Livesay III
Journalism and Political Science,
University of Connecticut

Darden is a junior at the University of Connecticut double-majoring in Journalism and Political Science. He recently interned with the Greek America Foundation, where he is interning again this summer. He is a Dean’s List student, recipient of the Sheehan Family
Journalism Scholarship, and former news director at UConn’s radio. Darden is also a language enthusiast.

Leonidas Lavdas
Electrical Engineering, University of Florida


Georgia Margiotis
Psychology and Education,
Adelphi University

Georgia has now completed her third year at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. She is an Education and Psychology major and hopes to work for the New York Department of Education as a Special Education Elementary
teacher upon completion of her degree.


Victoria Martine
Biology and Spanish, Indiana University

Victoria is a sophomore at Indiana University studying Biology and Spanish. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine. She is also a member of the Hutton Honors College. At school, she participates in Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Spanish Theater, and volunteers at the IU Auditorium. She is looking forward to taking Greek language in the fall.


Elias Mastakouris
Political Science, Yale University

Elias is a sophomore at Yale University studying
international security and political theory. He is the director of the Peace and Dialogue Leadership Initiative, a Yale-West Point foreign policy group, and a member of the Yale Hellenic Society. After graduation, Elias hopes to serve in the United States Military, either as an infantry or surface warfare officer. He eventually hopes to pursue a career in national security or federal law.


Melina Megaridis
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Melina is a rising senior studying bioengineering with a minor in technology & management
at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She is a Cancer Research Scholar
and James Scholar. Melina is also President of the Habitat for Humanity club and a member
of the Biomedical Engineering Society. After she graduates, she would like to work in industry, hopefully designing medical devices or prosthetics.


John Melizanis
Economics, University of California, Berkeley

John is currently a student at the University of California, Berkeley, studying Economics with a double minor in computer science and data science. John has founded and worked with many start-ups in the Tri-State area and is currently
working with multiple start-ups in the Bay-Area relating to Social Media, Machine Learning, and Algorithm stock trading.

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Manousos Papadakis
Mechanical Engineering,
Illinois Institute of Technology

Manousos is a rising sophomore currently attending the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering, following a career path to become an engineer in the automotive industry. Manousos is on the Dean’s List at IIT, prior to college he was in the National Honors Society, the National Technical Honors Society, and was a recipient of the STEM + scholarship, Heald Scholarship,
and the Pancretan Association of America Venizelion Scholarship.


Ari Papahronis
History and Political Science,
Columbia University

Ari is a freshman at Columbia University majoring in History and Political Science. After college, he hopes to attend law school and pursue a career as an attorney. In college, he is on the Dean’s List, a tour guide on campus, an active member of the political community, treasurer of the Pre-Law Society, and runs a homeless shelter in the city weekly.


Athena Patitsas
Public Policy Analysis and Modern Greek,
The Ohio State University

Athena is a senior at The Ohio State University pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science Degree
in Public Policy Analysis in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. She also has a
second major in Modern Greek and a minor in German. Athena has worked as an intern in several agencies including at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Office of Communications and Legislative Affairs in Washington, DC.


Peter Prastakos
Chemical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, Yale University

Peter is a rising sophomore at Yale University, double majoring in Chemical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. He was born and raised in Athens, Greece and moved to Tenafly,
New Jersey before starting high school. He graduated Valedictorian of his class and won
multiple awards in state and national science competitions. His primary interests lie in the areas of renewable energy, water scarcity,
and sustainable development.


Matthew T. Pusic
Communications and History,University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Matthew is a rising junior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, majoring in Media Studies. He is an active member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, works with the Saint John the Merciful Outreach Ministry, is a member of AHEPA, and has danced with The Athenian Owls. Matthew is an Eagle Scout and at UNC-G, he has been on the Dean’s List and the Chancellor’s List.


Sophia SáPonte
Spanish, University of Massachusetts

Sophia is a rising sophomore at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She studies Spanish
in hopes of teaching others and exploring the world. She is on the Dean’s List and is a member of the meditation and outdoors
clubs. In high school, Sophia was in the National Honors Society, Yearbook Club, on the Robotics Team, and continues to participate in many community service activities.


Ellen Schooley
Early Childhood Education,
The Ohio State University

Ellen Theana Schooley graduated in Spring 2018, summa cum laude from The Ohio State University and received her B.S. in Education. She was a member of Mortar Board National
College Senior Honor Society, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Sigma Epsilon Phi, a Greek cultural and social fraternity on OSU’s campus. She plans to become an elementary school
teacher and school counselor.


Konstantinos G. Sellas
Computer Science, DePaul University

Konstantinos is a freshman at DePaul University, currently studying Computer Science
with a focus in Software Development. His desired career path is developing code for automated systems. He received the Glenbrook
South technology award for a homework agenda app he created his senior year. He
also received the distinguished Principles Award while at Glenbrook South High School.


Athena Sferas
Bassoon Performance,
University of Southern California

Athena is finishing up her freshman year majoring in bassoon performance at the
University of Southern California. She enjoys exploring all aspects of music like conducting,
music industry, and arts leadership. She also enjoys community work and has served
as a guest performer for Title 1 schools and serves as a teacher at a community music center. Athena’s dream job is to become a studio musician.


Philippos Sourvinos
Public Policy and Theatre,
University of Maryland, College Park

Philippos is a rising second year Public Policy and Theatre Double Degree student at the
University of Maryland. In addition, he is a member of the Honors Humanities Living
Learning Program within the Honors College and plans to pursue a career in sustainable
development. Philippos is an AP Scholar, on the Dean’s list, and an accomplished vocalist.


Matthew Szekely
Music Education, Kent State University

Matthew is a rising senior at Kent State University, working toward a Bachelor’s Degreein Music Education. After graduation, he plans to obtain a high school band teachingposition and work toward a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance. Matthew hasreceived the John Phillip Sousa Award, the Kappa Kappa Psi / Tau Beta Sigma OutstandingSophomore Musician Award, and is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national bandhonor service fraternity.


Nicole Tank
Veterinary Science,The University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nicole is a rising senior majoring in Veterinary Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is pursuing her lifelong dream of working with animals and hopes to attend The Ohio State University’s Veterinarian program. At the University of Nebraska, Nicole is on the Dean’s List, is in the Top 10% of the College of Agriculture Science and Natural Resources, in Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society ,and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

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Christina Panagoulia Triantafillopoulos
Business Administration,
University of Michigan

Christina is a rising senior at the University of Michigan- Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
With a major in Business Administration and a Minor in Modern Greek Studies, Christina
is interested in pursuing a career in the business field. Eventually, she hopes to attend law school. Christina has been involved with the Hellenic Student Association, Delta Sigma Pi International Business Fraternity, and will be serving as the President of the Ross School
of Business for the 2018-2019 school year.


Niki Tselepidakis
Biomedical Engineering and Spanish,
Johns Hopkins University

Niki is a junior at Johns Hopkins University completing a double major in Biomedical
Engineering and Spanish with a minor in Mathematics. She is on Dean’s List, is vice
president of the Latin Dance Team, and is secretary of both club field hockey and the
Hellenic Students Association. Her goal is to attend medical school upon graduation and
become a cardiologist.


Felicia Varvaras
Vocal Performance-Opera,
The Boston Conservatory

Felicia is a rising senior at The Boston Conservatory majoring in Vocal Performance. This past summer, she made her international debut in Budapest, Hungary starring as Marika in Cheryl Kemeny’s operetta, “Hungarian Nights” at the Erzsébetligeti Theater and on MTV Magyar Television. She recently performed in the Boston Conservatory’s main stage opera “Dead Man Walking” in November 2017. Aside from performing, she is hoping to earn her certification in Music Therapy from the Berklee College of Music.


Maria Zarifis
Human Biology and Society,
University of California, Los Angeles

Maria is a sophomore studying Human Biology and Society in the Honors Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of Bruin Belles Service Association, an organization committed to service and women’s leadership. She works for UCLA Health in a vascular surgery clinic and plans to pursue a health-related career, with a current interest in becoming an occupational
therapist or physician assistant.

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