NEW YORK – Eleven students competed in the annual Spelling Bee Finals for the Direct Archdiocesan District’s Greek–American day schools Jan. 12 at Archdiocese headquarters.

There were six finalists and five runners-up.

Nicoletta Baltzis, a 7th grade student of St. Demetrios School of Astoria was the finalist. Anastasia Michialis, an 8th grade student of the Greek American Institute in the Bronx was the runner-up.

The winning word was “hygiene.”

John Atanas, assistant principal of the Greek American Institute in the Bronx, and Ms. Helen Zapantis gave the words to the students.

Following are the names of all the contestants and their schools:

  • W. Spyropoulos Greek-American School, Flushing: Evangeline Cassidy.
  • St. Demetrios Greek-American School, Astoria: Nicoletta Baltzis Nicole- Katerina Tiliakos.
  • Greek American Institute, Bronx: Anastasia Michialis, George Germanakos.
  • Cathedral School, Manhattan: George Chudley, Demetra Chudley.
  • A. Fantis Parochial School, Brooklyn: Lily Torre, Jessica Prendaj
  • D.G.K. Parochial School of Holy Cross, Brooklyn: Joanna Maniatis, Marta Balikcioglu.

    On behalf of Archbishop Demetrios, Bishop Sevastianos of Zelon presented each student with a certificate of award and a silver cross.

Nick Katsoris, president of the Loukoumi Foundation, which sponsors the District Spelling Bee Competition, offered each student a $100 check, and all students received gift cards for Amazon from the Direct Archdiocesan District Office of Education.

The Spelling Bee competitions are sponsored by The E.W. Scripps Company and are open to boys and girls, in grades 5-8.

In New York City, competitions are sponsored by the newspaper Daily News.

The Office of Education of the Direct Archdiocesan District selects the words and coordinates the competitions among the city parochial Greek-American day schools.

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