On Sunday, July 2, 2017, in the Stadium of the American College of Greece, the President, members of the Board of Trustees, the Principal, Gymnasium and Lyceum Directors and Teachers said farewell to the Pierce class of 2017. The 180 G Lyceum students wore their caps and gowns and sang the College Alma Mater one more time.
Parents, friends, relatives, teachers and the entire College family gave them their best wishes for a successful career in their studies and their lives. The keynote speaker was Dr. Olga Elaine Julius, Pierce Principal, who ended her career as an educator and member of the School administration after 42 years of service to the College.
The graduating seniors were greeted by the President of the American College of Greece, Dr. David G. Horner and then the Pierce Principal presented the recipients with their Awards. The President’s Award was presented to Maria Estela Michail, the senior with the best performance in English (18.8/20) and the Minnie Mills Award to Nicholas Patas, the senior who was a model of leadership in the school community. The Academic Achievement Awards were presented to the seniors that achieved the highest average grade on their Lyceum Certificate: Georgia Doufexi was the Valedictorian with the highest Certificate grade (20/20) and Michael Verdelis, Romanos Papadakis Persianis and Ioannis Filippos Psilopoulos achieved the second highest average grade on their Lyceum Certificate (19.9/20) and were Salutatorians.
Dr. S. Sue Horner, Scholar in Residence, presented the Harvard Prize Book to Sofia Chavele – Dastamani, the B Lyceum student who demonstrated excellent academic performance and ethos and who distinguished herself in many areas of school activities. Pierce is the first and only school in Greece to award this particular award and, every year, both the award and the name are proposed and approved by Harvard University. Two graduating seniors, Christina Iosifidou and Ioannis Filippos Psilopoulos represented their class and delivered speeches in Greek and in English, respectively. The event ended with the awarding of English Language Certificates.
Best of luck in your lives, graduates of 2017.
We will always follow your accomplishments with joy and pride!