Cherry Hill, NJ – The second annual AHEPA Mid-Atlantic Hellenic History Tournament took place on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church in Cherry Hill, NJ. There were teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware involved. Each team consisted of three high school students that were sponsored by an AHEPA or Daughters Chapter. Nine teams participated on Saturday.
The Tournament was organized and sponsored by Camden AHEPA #69, with the help of the Daughters of Penelope Chapter Nike #230. The Chairperson, Steven Marmarou, thanked the members of the Tournament Committee; Lou Stephano, Cosmas Diamantis, Jonathan Patouhas, George Pappas, George G. Horiates, Asteris Fanikos, and Stacy Chryssofos. Also thanked were the sponsors and benefactors who contributed to the tournament: AHEPA National Education Foundation, Sandy Papadopoulos, Supreme Sons Advisor, AHEPA District #5 Cancer Foundation, St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church, George G. Horiates, AHEPA Supreme Treasurer, Adelphia Restaurant, Philly Diner, Kaminski’s Restaurant, Oceanos Restaurant, Westmont Diner, White House Restaurant, Riverwinds Restaurant, Seven Stars Diner, Cherry Hill Diner, Diamond Diner, Seton Hall Law School, and Nicholas Nikas, creator of the contest.
Present at the Tournament were Past Supreme President, Andrew Zachariades, Supreme Treasurer, George G. Horiates, and Governor, District #5, Zenon Christodoulou.
The winning team was sponsored by the Valley Forge AHEPA Chapter # 432. The members of the team were Nicholas Nikas, Aidan Good, and Nicholas Papadimitriou. The second place team was sponsored by the Tenafly AHEPA Chapter # 285. Each member of the winning team received $1,000.00 and each member of the second place team received $500.00. Also, these first two teams will be eligible to participate in the National Hellenic History Tournament to be held at the AHEPA Supreme Convention being held in Atlantic City, July 23 – 28, 2017.
In addition to competing in the Tournament, the members of the winning team plus other participants of the Tournament were initiating into the Sons of Pericles, Hippocrates Chapter #210 at Cherry Hill. And the next day saw the members of the Trenton team be initiated into the Maids of Athena under the Trenton AHEPA Chapter #72.