Panchiaki Korais Celebrates
Greek Independence Scholarship Program

New York City's Greek Independence Day Parade was cancelled on April 15th because of the Northeastern storm and rescheduled for April 22nd. This did not interfere with the 1821 Independence Day events held by Greek-American societies. Panchiaki "Korais" Society celebrated a unique Greek Independence Day social with a lavish Greek buffet dinner on Wednesday evening, April 18th. The focus of the program was to hold the eighth annual 2007 scholarship program for two St. John's students of the Modern Greek Language and Literature program at their center on 43-15 202 St. in Bayside. Nikolas Kaloudis of Kambia and Karounia, Chios and Taki Sarantis Kokkinos of Leonidion, Greece were each awarded a $500 scholarship for excellence in Modern Greek language.

"I would like to thank the Panchiaki Korais Society for their generous scholarship and all their help in the community," said Nikolas Kaloudis. "I would also like to thank my professor in Greek, Ms. Tsounis, for her dedication to all her students and her desire to see all of them succeed. I am extremely proud to be Greek. As Greeks we are always looking to help one another and keep our culture and traditions alive. I hope that one day I too can help the future Greek students in their studies." St. John's scholar Taki S. Kokkinos expressed the same sentiment and added "it is important to keep our language and culture." Both students have plans for either a legal or medical career.

Professor Dr. Demetrios Kokkinos of CUNY university system, representing the parents of the St. John's Modern Greek Language Program said 'Panchiaki Korais Society is to be commended for their outstanding scholarship program that was initiated in 2000. Eight thousand dollars in scholarships have been awarded to St. John's students.

Nikolas Kaloudis (2nd from left) and Taki
Kokkinos (3rd from left) presenting award of appreciation to Panchiaki Korais Society as
Dr. Fotis Benetos (left standing), George
Vasilakis (left to right sitting), President
Constantine Parthenis and Captain Stelios
Tatsis look on.

This action encourages and unites students in American colleges. Our Greek-American students only remember the Greek language from church, home and elementary school. Modern Greek language programs encourage our children to carry on our Greek civilization. This can only be done with the support of university professors working with our Greek societies. Our future generations will carry on from us.”

“Unity builds and internal dissension destroys,” said Panchiaki President Constantine Parthenis. ‘All Chian Americans are united. We have an outstanding dance group with Mrs. Angie Klidas who makes us all proud.” The Panchiaki Korais Dance group will perform at the “3rd Annual Greek Culture Evening” on Friday, Oct. 12th, 6 p.m. at Council Hall, St. John’s University at 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica New York.

Professor Kokkinos said “we must remember the sacrifice of our Greek business community. In 1821, many island communities had barrels of gold coins from trade that they donated for Independence. When Independence was won, our business community was left penniless with an extreme sacrifice of life. The Revolution began in the Peloponnese with Theodore Kolokotronis but was firmly backed by our middle class merchants from islands such as Chios.” Nikolas Kaloudis of Chios and Takis S. Kokkinos of Leonidion, Peloponnese represent the partnership of a strong merchant and military class. This led to a successful 1821 Independence and a strong Greek American community in 21st century United States.

The members of Panchiaki “Korais” Society at
the St. John’s scholarship program

(Posting date 29 April 2007

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