PanHellenic Class of 2022

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Gemma Abbott
Finance
University of Maryland

Gemma Abbott is a rising senior at the University of Maryland, College Park Honors College, majoring in finance. She was GOYA President at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Glenview, IL. At Maryland, she is president of the student-run Smith Investment Fund, active in Smith Finance Group, Consult in Your Community, Club Lacrosse, the interdisciplinary Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams program, and Alpha Chi Omega sorority. This summer, she will be a Morgan Stanley Investment Management Intern on Wall Street.

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Nina Aitas
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, & Biotechnology
Michigan State University

Nina Aitas is a rising sophomore at Michigan State University, majoring in biochemistry,  in molecular biology, and in biotechnology, and minoring in pharmacology and toxicology. She works as a research assistant in a research laboratory through the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Nina is a member of the Holmes Science Organization, Holmes Hall Association, Hellenic Student Organization, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Daughters of Penelope, and the Pancretan Youth Association.

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Panayiota Akritidis
Pharmaceutical Sciences, Temple University

Panayiota Akritidis is a rising senior at Temple University in Philadelphia, majoring in pharmaceutical sciences, in an accelerated program. This fall, Panayiota will begin working towards a doctorate degree in pharmacy at Temple University’s School of Pharmacy. She aspires to work in the research or clinical pharmaceutical domain and make an impact in the medical field for various emerging diseases. Panayiota played on the varsity basketball team for the Greek Orthodox Youth Association and was a member of Pegasus Dance Group. 

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Alexia Armatas
Business Administration, Colorado State University

Alexia Armatas is a rising senior at Colorado State University, majoring in business administration with a concentration in accounting and finance. She aspires to work internationally, by assisting non-profit organizations that support the refugee crisis in Greece. Alexia is passionate about giving back to the Greek community and serves as a Sunday school teacher, Project Mexico and  St. Innocent Orphanage volunteer, and counselor at St. Spyridon Vacation Bible School in the Metropolis of Denver. 

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Christie Chrones
Political Science & Communications
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Christie Chrones is a rising junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in political science and in communications, and minoring in journalism and in legal studies. She is the president of her sorority, and has received Dean’s List recognition. Christie possesses a passion for philanthropy and is the  founder of a philanthropy club for underprivileged teenagers. She aspires to attend law school and use her law degree to help those in need.

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George Delis
Molecular & Cell Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

George Delis is a rising senior at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, majoring in molecular & cell biology, and minoring in chemistry and in business. He is a teaching assistant in the Chemistry Department and is doing extensive research in his professor’s microbiology lab investigating metallophore-mediated metal uptake in pseudomonas aeruginosa. George dedicates his time to the Habitat for Humanity Chapter at University of Illinois. He is inspired by building a home, not just a house,  for people in need. George plans  to continue giving back by earning a medical degree.

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Despina Evangelopoulos
Sports and Recreation Management
Temple University

Despina Evangelopoulos is a senior at Temple University, majoring in sport and recreation management and minoring in Spanish. She is the president of the Greek Americans of Temple University, on the Dean’s List, an intern for Temple Athletics in the Operations and Facilities Department, and a manager of Temple University Men’s Basketball. Despina plans to earn a Master of Science degree in sport business and to pursue a career in the collegiate or professional sports industry.

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Sophia Ganios
Biochemistry
University of Akron

Sophia Ganios is a rising senior in the Honors College at the University of Akron, majoring in biochemistry. She is on the University of Akron’s Presidential List and Dean’s List, and maintains a perfect GPA. She is the vice president of her university’s Orthodox Christian Fellowship and the secretary of the Neuroscience Club. Sophia loves to play her guitar and piano while writing her own music, and plans to attend dental school.  

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Joanna Georgiou
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Princeton University

Joanna Georgiou is a senior at Princeton University, majoring in chemical and biological engineering and minoring in engineering biology and in French language and culture. Joanna is passionate about her senior thesis research in a nanoparticles lab at Princeton where she is working with the anti-tuberculosis drug, delamanid. She is a U.S. Fulbright winner who will be working in a nanoparticles lab in South Korea after graduation. She is fluent in English, Greek, French, and has proficiency in Korean.

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Helen Georgitsos
Finance & Political Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Helen Georgitsos is a rising junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in finance and in political science, and minoring in legal studies. On campus, she is president of the Hellenic Student Association, an active member of Orthodox Christian Fellowship, a member of the Pre-Law Honor Society, as well as the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. She aspires to attend law school and practice corporate law.

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Kalliope Glavas
Classical Civilization & Philosophy
Boston University

Kalliope Glavas is a rising senior at Boston University, majoring in classical civilization and in philosophy, and minoring in modern Greek. She is the social media manager of Boston University’s Hellenic Society and is the President of BU’s first Greek Orthodox Fellowship Chapter. Kalliope was an intern for the Consulate General of Greece in Boston, and an associate editor for the NYU Undergrad Philosophy Journal. 

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Daniel Habib
Biophysics & Bioethics
Johns Hopkins University

Daniel Habib is a senior at Johns Hopkins University, majoring in biophysics and bioethics. During the pandemic, when he could no longer work in JHU’s mobile free clinic or hospice care, Daniel led two COVID-19 research projects. He worked at Johns Hopkins as a cancer research assistant, speaking Greek in his professor’s lab. Currently, Daniel works as an NIH Postbac and JHU Research Coordinator. He aspires to continue advocating for equitable healthcare and patients’ rights as a research physician at a university hospital.

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Zoe Hannon
Supply Chain Management & Marketing
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Zoe Hannon is a rising senior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, majoring in supply chain management and in marketing, and minoring in Spanish. Professionally, Zoe is driven by her passion to integrate creativity into business solutions to benefit others. This led her to found her own company, Shine Açaí, a niche business that sells açaí bowls at local farmers markets. A strong line of women inspire Zoe to have an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to serve the community.

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Lexi Hugdahl
Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lexi Hugdahl is a rising junior at University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in marketing and in management and entrepreneurship, and pursuing a certificate in Spanish. On campus, she is the vice president of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, an active member of American Marketing Association, and member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Lexi attends Ascension of Our Lord Church in Lincolnshire, IL where she serves as a reader, byzantine chanting group member, and Sunday school assistant teacher. 

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Alexandra Kakadiaris
Business Analytics
George Washington University

Alexandra Kakadiaris is a senior at George Washington University, majoring in business analytics with a concentration in international business, and minoring in computer science. She is the co-founder of Adopt-A-Greek School, an initiative that seeks to financially support struggling schools in Greece by sending heating oil, snacks, and other much-needed supplies using the assistance of local partners and the donations of benefactors from around the world.  She interned as a Federal Consultant (Developer) at IBM last summer. After graduation she will work at IBM as a consultant. 

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Michael Kamenis
Molecular and Cell Biology
University of California, Berkeley

Michael Kamenis is a rising junior at University of California, Berkeley, majoring in molecular and cell biology on the pre-med track. He is a passionate Hellene, engaged in Greek Dance and performing at FDF Greek dance competition. Michael loves to volunteer at his annual Greek church festival. He deeply cares about serving others and is the recipient of the Thomas J. Oswald Service Award for outstanding service in San Mateo, CA.

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Panayioti Karahalios
Political Science
University of Utah

Panayioti Karahalios is a rising senior at the University of Utah, majoring in political science. He is a Dean’s List student who plays football for his University. He celebrates his Greek culture by dancing for the Dionysios Greek dance group of Salt Lake City. Panayioti is the vice president of YAL Salt Lake City. He also serves on the board of directors for Minotavros, a Cretan young adult group that encourages dance, philanthropy, and appreciation of Cretan heritage.  

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Chrisavgi Kotsifas
Accounting & Finance
DePaul University

Chrisavgi Kotsifas is a rising junior at DePaul University, double majoring in two honors programs, in accounting and in finance. She is a Dean’s List scholar who is the treasurer of the Hellenic Student Association and  member of the Women’s Club Volleyball team. Upon graduation she hopes to become a CPA who will start her own business with a priority in serving fellow Hellenes and beyond. She is passionate about service and volunteered at "O Allos Anthropos" in Greece during the wildfire crisis. 

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Theo Lewandowski
Accounting
Arizona State University

Theo Lewandowski is a rising senior at Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College, majoring in accounting and minoring in philosophy. He is a policy staff intern at ASU's senate. Theo has a passion for Greek dance, and teaches dance at Assumption Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is the secretary of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship at ASU, and the treasurer of his local chapter of Sons of Pericles. 

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Drosos Louvaris
Mechanical Engineering Technology, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Drosos Louvaris is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh majoring in mechanical engineering technology, and minoring in mathematics. He is the president of the Engineering Club where he leads a team in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge. In addition to spending his senior year researching the biological process of allostery, he is a medical scribe in the ER, volunteers at a hospice facility, and is pursuing a career at the intersection of engineering and medicine. Drosos served as an altar boy at Holy Trinity Church in Wisconsin, and enjoyed volunteering at the summer Greek Festival. 

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Alexia Maniadaki
Biology
University of Detroit Mercy

Alexia Maniadaki is a rising junior at the University of Detroit Mercy, majoring in biology with acceptance to theBS/DDS 7-Year Dental Program. She was born in Athens, Greece, emigrating to the US  in 2013 and earning the honor of valedictorian of her high school class of 2020. Alexia is a Dean’s List scholar, and is passionate about tutoring children in Detroit schools. She is an active member of AHEPA and Daughters of Penelope. Alexia’s dream is to become a dentist and help people find confidence with their smiles. 

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Antonia Mendrinos
Clinical Neuroscience & Biological Sciences
Virginia Tech

Antonia Mendrinos is a senior at Virginia Tech, majoring in clinical neuroscience and in biological sciences. She is a Dean’s List scholar, assistant instructor for the Chemistry Department, ambassador for the College of Science and president of a volunteer group that assists medical mission trips. Most recently, she visited Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic for a medical mission trip. She conducts population health science research and has presented her work at multiple conferences. Antonia hopes to pursue a career as a physician. Her passions include Greek dancing, hiking and cooking.

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Rodanthi Nikopoulou
Chemistry
American University

Rodanthi Nikopoulou is a rising senior at American University, Washington DC, majoring in chemistry and minoring in biochemistry. She is working as a research assistant for a program that extracts chemical insights from energetic materials. Rodanthi also volunteers at “Zestos Lab '' at American University, where she  focuses on constructing superior electrochemical sensors through novel nanomaterials. She won the Schwartz Award and the Likins Award for her research, and aspires to become a doctor.

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Katerina Orfanos
Elementary Education & Environmental Geoscience
Boston College

Katerina Orfanos is a rising senior at Boston College, double majoring in elementary education and in environmental geoscience. On campus, she is active in the Hellenic Society and in Women’s Club Ultimate Frisbee. After graduation, Katerina hopes to begin a career as an elementary school teacher,  specializing in STEM instruction. Service and giving back to the community is a passion of Katerina’s. With a group of church members, she participated in "Midnight Run," a volunteer mission that gathers and distributes food, clothes, and other necessities to homeless people in NYC.

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George Papadeas
Biology & Chemistry
Butler University

George Papadeas is a rising senior at Butler University, majoring in biology and in chemistry, and minoring in business law. Service is at the forefront of George’s extracurricular activities. Through his parish, he participated in Project Mexico, where he and a group of other young adults traveled to Tijuana, Mexico to build a house for an underprivileged family. George is the president of the Orthdox Christian Fellowship at Butler University. He hopes to become a doctor to continue helping those in need. 

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Stratton Papakirk
Applied Economics & Management
Cornell University

Stratton Papakirk is a rising senior at Cornell University, majoring in applied economics and in management. He was part of a three-member study team that participated in the AHEPA Regional and National Hellenic History Tournaments. Stratton is the vice president of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship at Cornell University. He is also a member of Cornell Investment Banking Club, a student organization that teaches its members relevant skills for careers in investment banking. Stratton was a member of the Dance Group of Saint Nicholas Church in Ohio. 

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Alexander Papanikolaou
Philosophy
Bowdoin College

Alexander Papanikolaou is a rising senior at Bowdoin College, majoring in philosophy and minoring in history with an interest in ancient and postmodern philosophy. He served as an altar boy and was a member of Goya at Ss. Constantine and Helen Church in Massachusetts. Alexander is passionate about Hellenism and has directed and produced a 30-minute documentary on the Greek Civil War, which includes three interviews from people who lived in Greece during the War. 

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Stamatia Papazis
Computer Science & Applied Mathematics
Stony Brook University

Stamatia Papazis is a rising sophomore at Stony Brook University, double majoring in computer science and in applied mathematics and statistics. She is a Dean’s List scholar and a member of the Women in Science and Engineering Honors Programs. Stamatia works part-time as an engineer for a business intelligence consulting company. Outside of school, Stamatia enjoys being involved in the Greek Orthodox community of Saint Demetrios in Merrick, New York, spending time with her family, and playing “nisiotika” on her violin.

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Leia Pappas
Business Administration
University of Southern California

Leia Pappas is a rising senior at the University of Southern California, majoring in business administration and minoring in digital innovation with an emphasis in finance. With a strong interest in technology, this summer she will be working as an intern for Deloitte in technology consulting. Leia’s active involvement in her school and church is evident through her leadership experience as community service specialist for her sorority, membership in Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and an instructor of religion and culture for children at her church.

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Zoe Paraskevas
Communication Arts
St. John’s University

Zoe Paraskevas is a rising senior at St. John’s University, majoring in  communication arts. She was born in Rhodes, Greece, emigrating  to New York City when she was 12. Zoe works as an after-school teacher at an elementary school. In her free time, she enjoys filming short films and editing. In the future, Zoe hopes to combine her studies and hobbies by working in media management.

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Zoe Pozios
Genomics & Molecular Genetics
Michigan State University

Zoe Pozios is a rising junior at Michigan State University, majoring in genomics and molecular genetics, and minoring in bioethics and leadership in integrated learning. At MSU, she serves as an undergraduate learning assistant for an introductory human genetics course and as a campus tour guide. She is a member of the Honors College, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics club, and the Hellenic Student Association. Zoe plans to become a physician, with hopes of specializing in medical genetics.

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Katherine Psaltos
Fashion Design
Parsons School of Design

Katherine Psaltos is a senior at Parsons School of Design, majoring in fashion design with a minor in creative entrepreneurship. She has interned at Jonathan Cohen for fashion design, as well as Roger Vivier and Ted Baker for PR. She was selected as a top-four finalist for the Fashion Scholarship Fund. Katherine was GOYA president at Annunciation Church in Stamford, CT and played on the GOYA volleyball team. Katherine is a design intern at Michael Kors, learning to balance creativity and business.

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Julia Sales
Neuroscience & Spanish
University of Michigan

Julia Sales is a rising senior at the University of Michigan, majoring in neuroscience and Spanish, and minoring in gender & health. She serves as Vice President of Hiring for University of Michigan Tour Guides, volunteers with a local domestic violence shelter, and tutors public school students in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area. Julia has a passion for health and social justice and plans to attend medical school.

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Callie Saric
Biochemistry
University of Wisconsin

Callie Saric is a rising junior at University of Wisconsin, Madison, majoring in biochemistry. She is pursuing a holistic education on the pre-medicine path and is a member of Orthodox Christian Fellowship. Callie serves as the hymn leader in an all-female chant group at Ascension of Our Lord Church in Lincolnshire, IL where she is also a GOYA member and a Sunday school teacher.

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Paul Spanoudakis
Mechanical Engineering
University of Connecticut

Paul Spanoudakis is a rising senior at University of Connecticut, majoring in mechanical engineering.  In 2018, he emigrated to the U.S. from Greece as a freshman in college. At UCONN, he is a member of Hellenic Society Paideia and a member of UCONN Formula SAE. Paul hopes to become a manufacturing engineer with a concentration in computer-aided design. Beyond the classroom, he enjoys attending Sunday liturgy at his church, and playing tennis, basketball and soccer.

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Eirene Stavropoulos
Voice Performance
Indiana University

Eirene Stavropoulos is a rising junior at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, majoring in voice performance and minoring in theater. In high school she received the “Outstanding Senior in Music” Department Award and was one of three sopranos in Illinois selected to perform in the Honors All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Eirene currently sings with the acclaimed NOTUS contemporary vocal ensemble. In addition to singing and acting, Eirene plays the cello. Eirene was the director of the Byzantine choir at St. John the Baptist Church in Des Plaines, IL.  

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John Travlos
Economics & Political Science
DePaul University

John Travlos is a rising senior at DePaul University, majoring in economics and political science. He has a passion for public service, as exhibited by his government internships with the U.S. Department of State, Federal Reserve Board, and U.S. Security and Exchange Commission.  He will be continuing his passion for law by working for the U.S. Department of Justice this summer. John is an admirer of Byzantine music and chants at St. George Church in Chicago.

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Georgia Tsakos
History & Politics
Lake Forest College

Georgia Tsakos is a rising junior at Lake Forest College, double majoring in history and in politics, and minoring in classical studies. During her freshman year, Georgia founded the Lake Forest College’s first Hellenic Student Association and has continuously been serving as its co-president. She also created the first women's Greek Byzantine Choir at Saint Demetrios Church in Libertyville, Illinois.

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Nikki Tsolakidis
Psychology
Loyola University Chicago

Nikki Tsolakidis is a rising sophomore at Loyola University in Chicago, majoring in psychology. Nikki participates in extracurricular activities which allow her to further connect with her Greek heritage, including dancing and instructing with the Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society, competing in the annual Hellenic Dance Festivals, and participating in Metropolis St. John Chrysostom Oratorical festivals. She is a member of the Hellenic Student Association at Loyola University and on the Dean's List in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Angela Vainikos
English & Secondary Education 
Loyola University Chicago

Angela Vainikos is a rising senior at Loyola University Chicago, double majoring in English and in secondary education. She is secretary of Loyola’s Hellenic Student Association, treasurer of the Loyola Literary Magazine, and a member of Loyola’s Future Teachers Club. Angela has been recognized by AHEPA as well as The Greek Women’s University Club and the Archdiocese of America. She is a  Dean’s List student, pursuing a career as a high school English teacher. Angela is hoping to share her love of learning to inspire future generations.

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Nicole Varvaras
Musical Theater
American Musical and Dramatic Academy

Nicole Varvaras is a rising junior at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, majoring in musical theater.  She became enthralled with the arts at a very young age and is now a multi-talented instrumentalist, dancer and actress. She is very involved in her church community as a dedicated member of the senior choir and helps direct youth choir events and teach choral music to the Sunday school students. Nicole loves to spread the word of God through music and her church and hopes to inspire future musicians and artists within the Hellenic Community.

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Kalliope Zervas
Chemical Biology
University of California, Berkeley

Kalliope Zervas is a senior at University of California, Berkeley, majoring in chemical biology. She was vice president of GOYA, won the Founders Award for Greek Dancing, and came in first place at the Oratorical Speech Competition at Annunciation Church in Sacramento, CA. Kalliope hopes to be a Trauma Surgeon working in the Doctors Without Border Program, and eventually the U.S. Senate to help change the healthcare system in America.