On March 24, our beloved Name Day Celebration finally returned to its original in-person format since 2019! Faculty, staff, students, families, and special guests joyfully gathered in the Steve G. Caloudas Activity Center to celebrate Greek Independence Day and the Feast Day of the Annunciation. Hundreds of Greek flags, endless smiles, and a strong sense of community filled the room.
The program began with a presentation of the Greek and American flag followed by an icon of the Annunciation and the AOS seal. Students sang the national anthems of both countries and Fr. Efstratios led a prayer service that included the Hymn to the Theotokos. AOS also had the honor of hosting Mr. Lambros Kakissis, Consul of Greece in Houston. Mr. Kakissis shared a meaningful message about liberty and freedom, the ideals upon which Greece was founded.
Festivities continued with several performances from students of all ages. Jones Center students recited a thankfulness prayer, Kindergarten and first grade sang a “Xronia Polla” song to AOS, and second grade sang the well-known Greek children’s song, “Feggaraki.” Students of Orthodox faith and/or Greek descent in second through eighth grade performed traditional Greek dances from a classic Kalamatiano, to an upbeat Hasaposerviko. The morning concluded with sunshine and koulourakia for all!
This year’s program was dedicated to AOS grandparent, Kosta Kyriasoglou. May his memory be eternal.