- Hellenic Education Center
Ellinomatheia Certificates Ceremony 2019
The Ellinomatheia Certificates Ceremony 2019 took place on Sunday, February 10th, at the Embassy of Greece in Washington DC, hosted by the Hellenic Education Center (HEC) of Saint Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church.
The HEC Director, Mrs. Eleni Alexopoulou welcomed the parents, the educators and the proud students who attended the event. It was a great turnout of over 160 people.
Sophia's Pelekasis (student of HEC) melodic voice carried the national anthems of Greece and USA beautifully, filling the room with emotions.
Constantinos Tsounis (student from the Nativity of our Lord, Manassas, MD) read the well known poem "Η ξανθούλα", written by the national poet of Greece, Dionisios Solomos.
Commemorating the Greek Language Day celebration (Feb 9th), Mr. Yiannis Frangiadakis read the message from the writer Maria Papayianni: Greek Letters Day Message-Maria Papayianni
The Greek school of Potomac welcomed the guests with the song "Τα παιδιά ζωγραφίζουν στον τοίχο". Thank you for singing so beautifully!
The Consul, Mrs. Christina Vasilatou, in her welcoming and heartwarming speech, adressed the challenges of the Greek language, the importance of keeping it alive and congratulated the students and their parents for continuing to learn this amazing language that has played a significant role in the world for thousands of years.
The Consul made a special remark on the celebration of Greek Letters Day (February 9th) and Dionisios Solomos. She presented the facts of how Solomos learned Greek as a second language and loved so much his heritage that in the end he wrote the famous "Ύμνος εις την Ελευθερίαν" (Hymn to Liberty), part of which became the Greek National Anthem in 1865.
Mrs. Vasilatou, Mrs. Alexopoulou and Mrs. Sophia Tsangali (HEC Teacher) presented the certificates to the students of the following schools:
1. Ελληνικό Σχολείο Αγίου Γεωργίου (Saint George, MD)
2. Ελληνικό Σχολείο Γεννήση του Κυρίου (Nativity of our Lord, VA)
3. Ελληνικό Σχολείο Ποτόμακ (Hellenic School at Potomac, MD)
4. Ελληνικό Σχολείο Αγίας Αικατερίνης (Saint Katherine, VA)
5. Ελληνικό Σχολείο Αγίων Θεοδώρων (Saint Theodore, MD)
6. Ελληνικό Σχολείο Αγίας Σοφίας (Saint Sophia, DC)
7.Ελληνικό Σχολείο Πέτρου και Παύλου (Saints Peter and Paul, Frederick, MD)
8. Ελληνικό Σχολείο Αγίου Νικολάου, (Saint Nikolas, Baltimore MD)
9. Ελληνικό Σχολείο Αγίων Κωνσταντίνου και Αγίας Ελένης ( Saint Konstantine and Helen, MD)
and students not affiliated with any school.
We want to congratulate all the students who attainted the certificate of Ellinomatheia exams and wish them all the best in their future achievements.
Clickon this link "Greek Schools of VA-MD-DC" to watch the programs from the schools.
"Η γλώσσα είναι η πατρίδα μας. Η γλώσσα είναι το σπίτι μας. Μέσα της γεννηθήκαμε και μεγαλώσαμε."
(Μαρία Παπαγιάννη, συγγραφέας υποψήφια για το Βραβείο Άντερσεν)