Athens College had the great pleasure and honor of hosting the Opening Ceremony of the 27th Balkan Olympiad in Informatics at its facilities in Psychico on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. Students from 13 nations (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey) who will take part in the Competition introduced their teams and met their “competitors.”
The Hellenic team includes Athens College graduate Dimitris Rontogiannis (’19) as one of its regular members and Athens College senior, Thanasis Taprantzis, as an alternate. Deputy Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Sofia Zacharaki, and Deputy Minister of Digital Policy Grigoris Zarifopoulos, honored the event with their presence.
Athens College President Richard Jackson, Deputy Minister of Education and Religious Affairs Sofia Zacharaki, as well as Deputy Minister of Digital Policy Grigoris Zarifopoulos all gave welcoming remarks, whilst former Minister of Education Prof. Kostas Gavroglou sent a message.
Speeches were then delivered by the following: President of the Greek Computer Society, Giannis Voyatzis; Co-Director of Athens College and Coordinator of the HAEF School Units, Apostolos Athanasopoulos; Vice-Rector of the University of Western Attica, Cleo Sgouropoulou; Dean of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, Nectarios Koziris; President of the Balkan Committee, Mile Jovanov; Vice-President of the Greek Computer Society, Emmanouil Mormoris; and Vice-President of the Scientific Committee, Nikos Papaspyrou. The event was coordinated by Panagiotis Karageorgos, President of the Organizing Committee. Following the speeches, Nikos Tzamos, member of the Organizing Committee, introduced the student teams to the public. In the second part of the Opening Ceremony, College students sang well-known songs while the School’s Varsity Folkdance members put on a dance program.