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2003 grad, editor mourned

Photo from montage used at memorial

Photo from montage used at memorial

Greg Zapas, Staff writer

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A diligent student and aggressive journalist. These are words teachers use to describe 2016 alumnus “Sia” Georgandis, who died of cardiac arrest July 31 while on a business trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, according to the Baltimore Sun.

“She was almost destined to be a journalist,” Advanced Placement U.S. History teacher John Wagner said. “She was very observant and had a knack for finding the right people to interview, whatever the story.”

Former Griffin sponsor Donna Lund remembered Georgandis as versatile.

“She wrote about anti-war protests, drug addiction prevention and the importance of the arts in high school,” Lund said. “These were just a few of the topics she explored in the Griffin.”

When Lund spoke about Georgandis at the memorial service Oct. 9 she spoke on behalf of her determination and news savvy.

“I asked everyone to think back to late 2002, early 2003,” Lund said. “The president had just said he was ready to invade Iraq. Sia’s response? She published an article titled ‘Anti War Protest Held in D.C.’ She always wanted to be where the action was and was very involved with politics.”

Wagner, too, was impressed by Georgandis’ drive in journalism during her time here.

“She also wasn’t afraid for the paper to take controversial stances, including positions in opposition to the administration,” Wagner said. “She had real grit and determination, and was driven to get the story right.”

Georgandis was a dedicated journalist both during and after her time at the school.

“She was enthusiastic, curious and always on the lookout for a good story,” Lund said. “She spent a lot of time in the computer lab editing the Griffin.”

In the winter of 2003, Georgandis braved the 26-inch snow storm to take the perfect picture for the front page, Lund said.

Georgandis pursued journalism beyond high school and was employed as a senior managing editor for Stansberry Research, LLC of Baltimore, MD, according to the Baltimore Sun.

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