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Department of State

New Jersey Hellenic American Heritage Commission

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State
New Jersey Hellenic American Heritage Commission

New Jersey Hellenic American Heritage Commission

NJ Hellenic American Heritage Commission Greek Independence Day Essay Contest & Leontarakis Family Scholarship Awards Celebration Winners

Katherine Pappas, a senior at Lenape High School in Cherry Hill, and Yorgos Vassiliou, a junior at Bergen County Academy in Hackensack, were named the winners of the second annual NJ Hellenic American Heritage Commission Essay Contest & Leontarakis Family Scholarship Awards during the Commission’s Greek Independence Day Celebration on March 23, 2022.

The Statewide Heritage Commission challenges the Greek youth of NJ to explore how their Hellenic heritage impacts their lives and are asked to articulate their thoughts through an annual essay contest. This year’s essay topic questioned how cultural treasures and unique artifacts provide memories of the past that help maintain a connection to one’s history and culture: Should cultural treasures, which are a source of national pride, historical legacy and cultural and religious identity, be returned to their country of origin? Examples of such treasures may include the Parthenon Marbles, artwork stolen by Nazi Germany, or misappropriated artifacts maintained in private collections throughout the world.

NJ Hellenic American Heritage Commission Greek Independence Day Essay Contest
Pictured (left to right): 2022 Award Recipient Yorgos Vassiliou, Hellenic Commission Member Evellyn Tsiadis, 2022 Award Recipient Katherine Pappas, and 2021 Award Recipient Rafaella Lambrinos.

Adopt a Yiayia and Pappou Program: Building Relationships One Phone Call at a Time

The New Jersey Hellenic Heritage Commission is proud to support a new initiative to build authentic and meaningful relationships between younger and elderly members of their Greek Orthodox church communities.

This program has been well-received by St. George GOYANS and seniors in the community. The Heritage Commission would like to see the Adopt a Yiayia and Pappou Program implemented in all Greek Orthodox churches throughout the state.

A goal of the program is to create an opportunity for senior community members to share their life experiences and lessons with younger members.

For more information, please click on the following video and documents, or reach out directly to the New Jersey Hellenic Heritage Commission via Rowena Madden at (609) 633-9627.

Adopt a Yiayia and Pappou Program: Building Relationships One Phone Call at a Time!
Adopt a Yiayia and Pappou Program: Questions

NJ Hellenic American Heritage Commission Greek Independence Day Essay Contest & Leontarakis Family Scholarship Awards Celebration Winners

Rafaella Lambrinos , an 11th grader at Colts Neck High School, and George Leunes, a 12th grader at Watchung Hills High School who will attend Rowan University in the fall, were named the winners of the first NJ Hellenic American Heritage Commission Essay Contest & Leontarakis Family Scholarship Awards during the Commission’s Greek Independence Day Celebration on March 27, 2021. Watch the awards presentation here:


Oxi Day at Liberty State Park

Secretary Way welcomed the members of the NJ Hellenic-American Heritage Commission, newly appointed by Governor Murphy, and participated in the commemoration of Oxi Day at Liberty State Park. This day represents the critical time when the Axis powers sought to have Greece come into their sphere without war, and the Greek Prime Minister said ‘No.’ The event, hosted by Commission Chair Zenon Christodoulou, featured personal presentations and historical documentation on genocide during the 20th century.

 

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