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Pierce’s Alexandros Karathanasis: First in the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens (Metsovio)

Alexandros-Panagiotis Karathanasis, a graduate of Pierce – The American College of Greece, Class of 2021, achieved excellence this year and came in first in the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens (Metsovio), scoring 23,307 points!

Alexandros graduated from Pierce with the grade “20 Excellent” on his High School Diploma and he achieved the highest points this year (19,527). Taking into account the points he scored in the “Special Lessons” (Freehand Drawing 19.8 and Linear Drawing 18) Alexandros’ score is raised to 23.307 points, that is 1,000 points higher than last year’s first successful candidate in the School of Architecture of the NTUA (22,435) placing him in the first place in his University.

In the interview that Alexandros gave, he talked about his educational experience in our School, highlighting: “Apart from the assistance that my teachers offered me in all subject areas, Pierce stands out due to the educational programs that it provides. The Clubs, the atmosphere and the opportunities that were offered to me during the 6 years that I studied there. I was lucky to realize this early on and I made sure I got involved in many activities. I learned how to speak in front of an audience, I got involved in Drama, Oral Interpretation, Debate, Nuclear Physics, I was a member of the school magazine editorial team, and I cultivated my love for Drawing. Over the course of these six years, the school and my teachers rewarded me for every success I accomplished and helped me achieve distinction in Drawing competitions, to meet people whom I admire, to make myself heard and to make use of every opportunity without having to sacrifice the academic part of my education.

When Alexandros was B Lyceum student, he wrote a touching poem in the aftermath of the murder of the African-American George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, USA, which he accompanied by a dynamic sketch. In this drawing, which already adorns the respective monument in the USA and is a hymn to the value of the human life, we see a police-officer and an African-American embraced, giving a true lesson of mutual respect and dignity. This short poem written by Alexandros gives out a message of unity and brotherhood for all people, regardless of their country of origin, race or social status.