Read Across America Event At St. Demetrios

In the spirit of the initiative Read Across America and Greek Heritage Month, the administration of Saint Demetrios school invited two Greek-American authors to the school. Ellen Karadimas and John Theodorakatos visited Saint Demetrios School and spent time meeting, discussing, and holding question/answer sessions with students from elementary school to high school about their literary works.

Ms. Karadimas, author of the young adult historical novel, In the Shadow of Nuremberg, met with stu­dents in grades 8-12 at the Saint Demetrios High School Library on March 11. The author, who has a di­verse German-Greek-American background, spent practically the en­tire day discussing with students her book which was based on the true events that are still impacting our world today. Her heartwarming words on respect, tolerance, and em­pathy for others left her audience with food for thought. The students showed great interest in the author’s life and how her upbringing shaped her writing. The students had been in­troduced to the novel by their English and Social Studies teachers.

On Monday, March 14, John Theodorakatos, author of Johnny and His Flying Blanket, spent the day reading to the students at the Lower Elementary School, and with students in grades 4-7 to read and speak about the power of creativity in writing and combating negativity, which may lead to bullying. In addition, Mr. Theodorakatos gave advice to stu­dents in grades 6 and 7 about how to go about having their best writing published. He reinforced the concepts of positivity, practice, and effort.

Ellen Karadimas visited Saint Demetrios High School

Ellen Karadimas, author of the young adult historical novel, IN THE SHADOW OF NUREMBERG, visited Saint Demetrios High School to present and discuss her writing with students. A question and answer session also took place between students and the author who has a diverse Greek- German- American background. The author also touched upon the relevance of her book in today’s world which is tortured by intolerance.

Saint Demetrios School Student, a Finalist at NYC Spelling Bee

March 4th, 2022

Mila Lyssikatos, a 7th grade Honors student, at Saint Demetrios School (Astoria, New York) will be competing in the ScholarSkills NYC Spelling Bee, the regional division of the National Scripps Spelling Bee. The competition will take place at Hunter College High School on March 15, 2022.

Ms. Lyssikatos was a winner at the school spelling bee, a second runner up at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Spelling Bee held in January, and then successfully participated in the online remote spelling contest in February hosted by Scholar Skills- where she ranked in the top 30 spellers- amongst private parochial and public school students throughout New York City.

Mila is not only an exceptional academic student but also a young lady who is involved in extracurricular activities at Saint Demetrios and in the community. She is a member of the Saint Demetrios Traditional Greek Dance Troupe, has danced with the Astoria Dance Center for three years, and is also engaged in the Fine Arts.