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The Direct Archdiocesan District Office of Education provides curriculum guides, materials, and in-service training to the administrators and teachers serving in the day and afternoon schools of the District.

The Office has been an avid advocate for the New York City parochial Greek Orthodox (or faith-based) day schools, representing the schools – and the Archdiocese - to the education authorities on the federal, state and city levels. As a result, the Office has been instrumental in securing federally funded services and materials for the day schools, thereby benefiting thousands of students.

The director of the Office is a member of the New York City Standing Committee of Religious & Independent Schools Officials, comprised of representatives of the City's major religious institutions, as well as a member of the New York State Commissioner’s Advisory Council for Nonpublic Schools.

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Spelling Bee Competition Finals Held for Parochial Schools

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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