Boys and girls between the ages of 12-18 are welcome to join the G.O.Y.A. Various athletic, social and religious activities are held as well as other programs. The G.O.Y.A. meets once a month on Thursdays.
Our GOYA continues to learn more about our faith and take part in amazing experiences. On December 21st, we attended the Christmas Retreat where we all prayed together and continued to learn the meaning of our faith. The main topic of the event was about angels and the role they play in our religion. This was a topic not many GOYAns were familiar with which made it even more intriguing topic.
Also as part of our Orthodox teachings it is very important for us to participate in events that humble us and make us appreciate the blessings that we are given. We prepared sandwiches and packed brown bag lunches for the homeless and delivered them to the Bridges Outreach community in Newark. We also participated in Project Linus, a non-profit organization that collects blankets for children in need. It was a very rewarding experience.
The sports teams competed in the District One volleyball and basketball tournaments! We had an exciting and competitive sports season! With the help of our Coaches Andy Hios, Dean Tomaras, Stephanie Hios and Maria Stavropoulos both volleyball and basketball teams were able to make it far into the tournament. A special congratulations goes out to the girls junior volleyball team where they placed First in the entire state of New Jersey! Congratulations girls for bringing home the trophy!
February 5th, our GOYA was fortunate enough to participate in a bullying seminar for the first time. Mr. Antoine Larosiliere, middle school teacher and Lieutenant James Teehan from the Paramus Police Department spoke to us about the dangers and effects bullying has on people and what we can do to stop it. This was a very impactful and educational seminar.
With great excitement, we are looking forward to hosting our fifth annual Beefsteak Dinner on February 22nd. The Beefsteak Dinner is GOYA’s most special fundraising event and one for all of our community to enjoy together. This year’s theme will be Dress in the 80’s! There will be dancing, prizes, delicious all you can eat steak, and most importantly it will bring our tightly knit community together once again. I welcome everyone to join us at our Beefsteak Dinner for an entertaining and memorable night.
Our GOYA is looking forward to the annual Sights and Sounds competition. Sights and Sounds is a competition where our GOYAn’s have the opportunity to explore the arts. Along with art categories, the all day event includes Greek Dancing, music groups, play, and much more. We thank our Advisors and parents who are helping us prepare for this exciting event. On Sunday March 15, our GOYAns will show off our talents to our community after church services. We have practices for countless months and weeks to compete in the annual sights and sounds competition and are proud to showcase our talents to the community. Our hope is that the Saint Athanasios Community will join us on March 15 to enjoy a delicious luncheon and to allow our GOYAns to showcase our talents.
In addition, we had our traditional Lock In event this past month. It is one of the most memorable events of the GOYA year. We would like to thank the advisors and chaperones that tolerated and braved the all night party without any sleep! Our Snow tubing event was canceled for the evening due to the weather, but we are looking forward to rescheduling the date.
As I am writing this memo to share with our community, I am in awe on how much our GOYA has accomplished thus far this year. I am reminded once again that GOYA is a very integral part of our teenage years and that these are the memories that our GOYA members will forever remember and cherish!
With Love in Christ,
This year’s G.O.Y.A. Board:
Teddy Kesoglou, President
Teddy Psarianos, Vice President
Christos Papamichael, Treasurer
Jennie Koutsouras, Recording Secretary
Mikey Kesoglou, Corresponding Secretary
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