St. Demetrios Graduates Class of 2012
The senior commencement ceremonyfor the Saint Demetrios H.S. graduating class of 2012 was held on June 6 at the Petros Patrides Cultural Center at Saint Demetrios School. Keynote speaker at the ceremony was Athena Kromidas, principal of the William Spyropoulos School of Saint Nicholas in Flushing and the guest speaker was Gregory Pappas of the Pappas Media Group, Chicago, Illinois. Both speakers expressed their pride at being Greek-Americans and stressed that with a strong work ethic the graduates could become vital members of the Greek-American community.
As stated by Helen Karagiorgos, the senior college advisor and one of the evening’s presenters, this year’s graduating class consisted of 47 students—one of the largest groups in the school’s recent history. The valedictorian of the Class of 2012, Chandra Mongroo, and the salutatorian, James Ciornei, have been students at Saint Demetrios since pre-K in 1998.
This year’s graduates were admitted to some of the most prestigious universities throughout the country including Northeastern, Fordham, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York University, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Baruch, Hunter and Stonybrook. Merit scholarships for the private universities ranged from $10,000 to $30,000.
Mongroo, speaking fluently in both Greek and English, noted the significance of attending the only Greek-American high school in the United States and thanked her parents for deciding that she should complete her education at Saint Demetrios instead of a public school. In September, Mongroo will begin her freshman year at NYU. Ciornei will be studying engineering at Polytech-NYU. He made a point of thanking the benefactors of the school for promoting the arts and sciences.
Anastasios Koularmanis, the school’s supervising principal, wished the students much success and became emotional when describing the fact that he began his tenure as principal of Saint Demetrios, when the graduates were starting kindergarten.
The invocation and benediction at the ceremony were conducted by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, who also gave his blessing the graduates.