Kyla-Lee Janakis has been awarded the AHEPA NSW Prize, which is worth $1,000, at Macquarie University’s Languages and Cultures Student Prize-giving Ceremony on May 20.
The ceremony was held at the Arts Precinct Function Centre and MC’d by Dr Jane Hanley who is the Discipline Chair of Languages and Cultures at the university.
In attendance to congratulate Ms Janakis for winning the award on the night was Constantinos Yiannakodimos, Head of the Public Diplomacy Office of Greece in Sydney, representing the Consul General of Greece in Sydney, Dr Patricia Koromvokis, Head of the Modern Greek Studies Program at Macquarie University, Theophilus Premetis, President of the Greek Studies Foundation Macquarie University, and Bill Skandalakis, President of AHEPA NSW.
“I am very honoured to have been awarded this prize… I am extremely fortunate and grateful that Macquarie University recognises the importance of the Greek language and culture, and for this reason I had the opportunity to embark on a learning journey about my wonderful heritage,” Ms Janakis tells The Greek Herald about being awarded.
“I am grateful to my teacher Dr Patricia Koromvokis, whose dedication and passion for teaching made me love every moment of my learning experience and I am very grateful for this gift she gave me.”
For her part, Dr Koromvokis says the awards ceremony recognises the efforts of students who work with great diligence, zeal and enthusiasm.
“Kyla, in addition to being an excellent and exemplary student with an unquenchable thirst for learning, is an example of perseverance and dedication,” Dr Koromvokis tells The Greek Herald.
“She is the mother of four girls. I feel lucky to be her lecturer because Kyla proves to everyone around her that it is never too late to set goals and pursue your dreams!”