Stephen Sakaris – a note of thanks

Dear Mr. Govotsos,

It was a pleasure talking to you the other day and I truly appreciate the kind words and advice you had to offer. Below is my experience of being invited to the convention for the William Chirgotis award.

My father first told me of my nomination for the award when I was still at school and it definitely came as a huge surprise to me. He explained what the award encompassed and when the convention was. It fell about two weeks out of my USA Summer Nationals meet and he was concerned that I would miss some crucial training leading up to the meet. We talked about it and we both agreed that this award meant too much and was too special to not attend. I was very excited to be honored in such a manner and cannot explain the range of emotions that I experienced. It was such an honor to be recognized for all the hard work I had put into my academics and my sport. But like I said at the convention, I would not have made it to where I am without everyone else. My family was always there supporting me and encouraging me and of course putting up with not taking vacations because of my swim meets and practices, my teachers who worked with me to help me succeed in the classroom and understand the material and be able to apply it, my coaches for being there to help me improve every day and the countless other people that I have had the opportunity to come into contact with. I have been truly blessed with numerous opportunities in life that have allowed me to succeed and I am extremely thankful. To receive the William Chirgotis Award is a very humbling experience because as I said I alone was not responsible for my accomplishments and it allowed me to take a step back and truly recognize all that had been done to get me to that point in my  life. It was an honor to be able to receive the award at the AHEPA convention and I look forward to continuing my relationship with such a great organization in the years to come.


Stephen Sakaris


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