Greek-American Margaret Skourlis won the title of 2014 Ms. Supermodel USA-Petite in Fargo, North Dakota, in September and plans to participate in the Hermes Young Professionals Initiative (HYPI) on March 24, 2015, in Pennsylvania and March 26 in NYC.
A gathering of all age groups to create a dynamic “synergy,” in the words of Hermes Expo founder Paul Kotrotsios.
“Hermes Young Professionals Initiative’s purpose is to provide a forum to young Greek-Americans who are aspiring to meet the professional demands of the 21st century, to connect, interface, and learn. Seasoned Greek-American leaders from various fields including Business, Medicine, Law and Government are mentors,” said Aphrodite Kotrotsios.
“In order for this paramount effort to rise to the next level and reach even more young professionals, we need to combine efforts and work together to move forward,” Kotrotsios added. “We are the next generation. It is up to us to keep the flame alive; we will pass on the torch to the next generations. It is our duty to promote our Hellenic heritage. HYPI serves as a networking and educational platform for our youth and young professionals. This year, we are honored to have Ms. Margaret Skourlis with us. We are very excited to have her as part of the HYPI mission.”
Skourlis’ passion for Hellenism and the Greek community is evident: Vice President of the Intercollegiate Hellenic Society; former President of the Maids of Athena, Flushing Chapter #126; participation in the 2011 AHIF Foreign Policy Program to Greece and Cyprus; completion twice of the D.I.A.S. International Academic Studies program in Crete; aiding and making appearances at Greek charities and organizations. Her life’s goal is to bring people, worldwide, closer together.
Skourlis attributes her success to her parents. Their mottos are “Never Give Up” and “Pursue Your Goals.” Skourlis is a company owner, model, published poet, published writer and actress. Her free time is spent scrapbooking, traveling, scuba diving, skiing, swimming, playing the piano, and Greek dancing.
Skourlis has won a number of titles in the past: Ms. New Jersey United States 2010; Ms. New Jersey United States 2009; Ms. Kalamata 2003; Ms. Kato Melpia 2002; Ms. Messinia 2001. Her Ms. Supermodel USA-Petite duties during the year will include: national queen making appearances; performing signings; participating in photo-shoots and giving speeches to aid charities and inspire youth. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and science.