Maria Makedon welcomes the parochial school participants to the annual spelling bee competition.

The Spelling Bee Finals for Greek American parochial day school students took place on Friday, Jan. 15th at Archdiocese headquarters with 16 students participating.

Finalists and runners-up from each school were: Nicoletta Baltzis, a 6th grade student of the St. Demetrios School of Astoria was the winner. Yorgo Vetter, a 6th grader at the Holy Trinity Cathedral School, Manhattan was the runner-up.The winning word was “patrician.”

Additionally, Manolis Lambrakis, a 6th grade student of the Holy Trinity Cathedral School was the finalist amongst the runners-up, while Evgenia Katehis, also a 6th grader at St. Demetrios School of Astoria, was the runner-up. The winning word was “hyperbole.”

Following are the names of the other contestants, their grade level, and school:


  1. St. Spyridon School, New York City, Christopher Labra, 6th grade Jonathan Rogers, 8th grade
  2. D.G.K. School of Holy Cross, Brooklyn, Grigory Ivanov, 6th grade Konstantinos Voyiazis, 8th grade
  3. “A. Fantis” Parochial School, Brooklyn, Julia Adelaine, 6th grade Allesandra Stratigakis, 7th grade
  4. “W. Spyropoulos” School, Flushing, Evangelos Stathopoulos, Sotiris Emmanouil,8th graders
  5. E.&S. Valiotis School, Whitestone, Angelica Frangopoulos, Petros Vithoulkas, 5th graders

Following the competition, Archbishop Demetrios presented each student with a Certificate of Award. In addition students received gift cards on behalf of the District Office of Education.

Nick Katsoris, president of The Hel- lenic Times Scholarship Fund (HTSF), which sponsors the Archdiocesan District Competition, offered school finalists a check for $100 and $50 to the runners-up.

The citywide Spelling Bee competitions are sponsored by The E.W. Scripps Company. The competitions aim at improving spelling, increase vocabulary, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage. They are open to boys and girls, in grades 5 through 8. In New York City, competitions are sponsored by the New York Daily News.

The Office of Education of the Direct Archdiocesan District, headed by Maria Makedon, coordinates the competitions among the New York City Greek-American day schools.

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