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Από το Υπουργείο Πολιτισμού, Παιδείας και Θρησκευμάτων ανακοινώνεται το πρόγραμμα εξέτασης των ειδικών μαθημάτων, για την εισαγωγή στην τριτοβάθμια εκπαίδευση των υποψηφίων που υπάγονται στην ειδική κατηγορία των «Ελλήνων του εξωτερικού και τέκνων Ελλή
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Παρασκευή, 28 Αύγουστος 2015 13:34

 

ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ

                   ΥΠΟΥΡΓΕΙΟ ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΜΟΥ, ΠΑΙΔΕΙΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΘΡΗΣΚΕΥΜΑΤΩΝ

 

Από το Υπουργείο Πολιτισμού, Παιδείας και Θρησκευμάτων ανακοινώνεται το πρόγραμμα εξέτασης των ειδικών μαθημάτων, για την εισαγωγή στην τριτοβάθμια εκπαίδευση των υποψηφίων που υπάγονται στην ειδική κατηγορία των «Ελλήνων του εξωτερικού και τέκνων Ελλήνων υπαλλήλων που υπηρετούν στο εξωτερικό»  για το έτος 2015, καθώς και ο χρόνος Υγειονομικής Εξέτασης και Πρακτικής Δοκιμασίας των υποψηφίων για επιλογή στα τμήματα Επιστήμης Φυσικής Αγωγής και Αθλητισμού (Τ.Ε.Φ.Α.Α.).

Οι εξετάσεις θα διεξαχθούν στην ΑΘΗΝΑ και στη ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟΝΙΚΗ, σύμφωνα με το αναλυτικό πρόγραμμα εξετάσεων που έχει ως εξής:

Α΄ ΕΙΔΙΚΑ ΜΑΘΗΜΑΤΑ

ΗΜΕΡΑ

ΗΜΕΡΟΜΗΝΙΑ

ΜΑΘΗΜΑΤΑ

ΔΕΥΤΕΡΑ

14-9-2015

Αγγλικά

ΤΡΙΤΗ

15-9-2015

Γερμανικά-Ισπανικά

ΤΕΤΑΡΤΗ

16-9-2015

Ιταλικά-Ελεύθερο Σχέδιο

ΠΕΜΠΤΗ

17-9-2015

Γραμμικό Σχέδιο-Αρμονία

ΠΑΡΑΣΚΕΥΗ

18-9-2015

Γαλλικά-Έλεγχος Μουσικών

Ακουστικών Ικανοτήτων

                                    

Ως ώρα έναρξης εξέτασης ορίζεται για όλα τα μαθήματα η 15.30 μ.μ. εκτός των μαθημάτων:

α)Ελεύθερο Σχέδιο και Γραμμικό Σχέδιο και

β)Έλεγχος Μουσικών Ακουστικών Ικανοτήτων

για τα οποία ορίζεται ως ώρα έναρξης η 12.30 μ.μ.

             Η διάρκεια εξέτασης κάθε μαθήματος ορίζεται σε τρεις (3) ώρες, εκτός των μαθημάτων:  ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΟ ΣΧΕΔΙΟ και ΓΡΑΜΜΙΚΟ ΣΧΕΔΙΟ για τα οποία ορίζεται σε έξι (6) ώρες και ΕΛΕΓΧΟΣ ΜΟΥΣΙΚΩΝ ΑΚΟΥΣΤΙΚΩΝ ΙΚΑΝΟΤΗΤΩΝ είκοσι (20) λεπτά περίπου.

Η προσέλευση των υποψηφίων στις αίθουσες εξέτασης θα γίνεται 30 λεπτά τουλάχιστον πριν από την έναρξη των εξετάσεων.

 

Β΄ ΥΓΕΙΟΝΟΜΙΚΗ ΕΞΕΤΑΣΗ ΚΑΙ ΠΡΑΚΤΙΚΗ ΔΟΚΙΜΑΣΙΑ ΓΙΑ ΤΑ Τ.Ε.Φ.Α.Α.

Ο χρόνος Υγειονομικής Εξέτασης και Πρακτικής Δοκιμασίας των υποψηφίων για επιλογή στα τμήματα Επιστήμης Φυσικής Αγωγής και Αθλητισμού (Τ.Ε.Φ.Α.Α.) ορίζεται από 14/9/2015 μέχρι 18/9/2015 κατά τις ημέρες διεξαγωγής των εξετάσεων των ειδικών μαθημάτων.

 Οι υποψήφιοι θα δηλώσουν τις ημέρες συμμετοχής στις Πρακτικές Δοκιμασίες στη Διεύθυνση Δευτεροβάθμιας Εκπαίδευσης, όπου και η έδρα του εξεταστικού κέντρου που εξετάζονται στα λοιπά μαθήματα, σύμφωνα και με τα ειδικά μαθήματα που έχουν επιλέξει.

Γ΄ ΕΞΕΤΑΣΗ ΥΠΟΨΗΦΙΩΝ ΜΕ ΑΝΑΠΗΡΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΕΙΔΙΚΕΣ ΕΚΠΑΙΔΕΥΤΙΚΕΣ ΑΝΑΓΚΕΣ

Οι υποψήφιοι με αναπηρία και ειδικές εκπαιδευτικές ανάγκες εξετάζονται, εφόσον έχουν αποστείλει τα προβλεπόμενα δικαιολογητικά, σύμφωνα με το παραπάνω πρόγραμμα, τις ίδιες ώρες και στα ίδια μαθήματα από επιτροπή που θα λειτουργήσει  στο Βαθμολογικό Κέντρο:  Γυμνάσιο Νέου Φαλήρου, Δαβάκη Πίνδου & Διαμαντή 2, Νέο Φάληρο, τηλ. 210-4812109.

Δ΄ ΤΟΠΟΣ ΕΞΕΤΑΣΗΣ

Οι εξετάσεις στα μαθήματα θα διενεργηθούν στην Αθήνα και στη Θεσσαλονίκη σύμφωνα με τη δήλωση του κάθε υποψηφίου.

Ειδικά για το μάθημα της Αρμονίας οι εξετάσεις θα πραγματοποιηθούν στο εξεταστικό κέντρο της Αθήνας. Ειδικά επίσης, για το μάθημα του Ελέγχου Μουσικών Ακουστικών Ικανοτήτων οι εξετάσεις θα διενεργηθούν στο κτήριο του Υπουργείου Πολιτισμού, Παιδείας και Θρησκευμάτων, οδός Ανδρέα Παπανδρέου 37, Μαρούσι.

  Για τη διεξαγωγή των εξετάσεων στα άλλα ειδικά μαθήματα  θα λειτουργήσουν τα παρακάτω εξεταστικά κέντρα:

1) Στην  Αθήνα, στο 9ο Γενικό Λύκειο Αθηνών (Τρώων 2, Τ.Κ.11851, Θησείο τηλ.: 210-3474157 και 210-3468766  fax: 210-3411548)

2) Στη Θεσσαλονίκη, στο 18ο Γενικό Λύκειο Θεσσαλονίκης (Παπάφη 130Α, Τ.Κ. 54453 Θεσσαλονίκη, τηλ.: 2310-910655, fax.: 2310-941414)

 

Ε΄ ΟΔΗΓΙΕΣ ΠΡΟΣ ΤΟΥΣ ΥΠΟΨΗΦΙΟΥΣ

1) Οι υποψήφιοι πρέπει να έχουν μαζί τους το δελτίο εξεταζομένου.

2) Κατά την εξέταση στο Γραμμικό Σxέδιο δίνεται στους υποψήφιους χαρτί σxεδίασης, που οι εξωτερικές του διαστάσεις είναι 0,50 Χ 0,70 μ. και οι εσωτερικές διαστάσεις, στις οποίες γίνεται η σχεδίαση, 0,50 Χ 0,58 μ.. Για το λόγο αυτό, ο υποψήφιος πρέπει να έχει μαζί του στις εξετάσεις πινακίδα σχεδίασης διαστάσεων αναλόγων με το χαρτί σχεδίασης και τα απαραίτητα για τη σχεδίαση όργανα και υλικά, δηλαδή χαρτί πρόχειρο σχεδίασης (ριζόχαρτο ή άλλο, απαραιτήτως σε διάσταση Α4), μολύβια με διαφορετική σκληρότητα για διαφορετικά πάχη γραμμών, όργανα για σχεδίαση με μολύβι ή με σινική μελάνη, ταυ ή παραλληλογράφο, τρίγωνα σxεδίασης, κοινό υποδεκάμετρο και τα λοιπά αναγκαία μέσα σxεδίασης (διαβήτη, καμπυλόγραμμο, γομολάστιxα, ξύστρα - καμπάνα κ.λ.π.). Απαγορεύεται, όμως, να xρησιμοποιεί συστήματα σxεδίασης, δηλαδή ειδικά εκτυπωτικά μηxανήματα γραφής και σxεδίασης γραμμάτων, ζελατίνες ή μεταλλικά στοιxεία τυποποιημένων γραμμάτων, αυτοκόλλητα (ράστερ, λετρασέτ κ.λ.π.) γραμμάτων ή γραμμοσκιάσεων και κλιμακόμετρα (υποδεκάμετρα σε διάφορες κλίμακες, ένα: είκοσι, ένα : πενήντα κ.λ.π.), καθώς και υπολογιστικές μηχανές (κομπιούτερς).

Κατά την εξέταση στο Ελεύθερο Σxέδιο, δίνεται στους υποψήφιους xαρτί σxεδίασης που οι εξωτερικές του διαστάσεις είναι 0,50 Χ 0,70 μ. και οι εσωτερικές διαστάσεις, στις οποίες γίνεται η σxεδίαση, 0,50 Χ 0,50 μ. Για το λόγο αυτό, ο υποψήφιος πρέπει να έxει μαζί του στις εξετάσεις πινακίδα σxεδίασης διαστάσεων αναλόγων με το xαρτί σxεδίασης. Η εξέταση γίνεται με μολύβια. Ο υποψήφιος πρέπει να έxει μαζί του, εκτός από την πινακίδα, μολύβια μαλακά και σκληρά, γομολάστιxα, ξύστρα.

Επίσης, επιτρέπεται η χρησιμοποίηση βελόνας μετρήματος και νήματος στάθμης, ενώ δεν επιτρέπεται η χρησιμοποίηση σπρέυ.

 

 
THE ART AND TECHNIQUE OF MOSAICS By Krystalia Kefallinou
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Παρασκευή, 28 Αύγουστος 2015 13:26

 

THE ART AND TECHNIQUE OF MOSAICS By Krystalia Kefallinou

Krystalia Kefallinou

The art of mosaics is a monumental art with a long history dating back to the late antiquity.

A brief historical overview reveals that the first and most antique mosaics we have uncovered were floor mosaics and make their appearance in the first decades of the 7th century BC

(image no 1). [Image 1. Constantinople, Holy Palace – Children riding a camel]

In the Helladic region mosaics make their appearance in the 5th and 4th century BC in Pella, Rhodes, Olympia etc. The materials used for their fabrication are mostly pebbles, marble and ceramic tiles with simple colours. Their pattern and design are simple, geometrical but later become enriched with representations of everyday life, the public life as well as mythology (e.g. «Bellerephon» in Rhodes). At times we can find inlaid thin stripes of lead, 1mm thick, which help in the disposition of the main design of the mosaic

(image no 2) [Pella – Lion hunting]

During the Hellenistic period representations with tesserae, like the ones in the cities of Argos, Patras, etc., are predominant and these mosaics are usually found in Roman houses.

Krystalia Kef

From the 3rd century BC and onwards, mosaic is no longer used exclusively as a floor medium but expands and begins to cover lateral surfaces as well, as is the case in Byzantine temples. Mosaics become wall mounted and their themes change, the new themes being mostly religious. Other materials such as enamel, glass and gold tesserae, which are made out of gold leaves, are introduced thus contributing to the creation of the golden background that is so characteristic of byzantine art. Chromatic variety increases at that time.

While floor mosaics depicted mostly allegorical representations (such as the vine, the peacock etc.) in order to allow for more resistant materials to be used, byzantine wall mosaics acquire a more luxurious character. This is due to the robust position of the Byzantine Empire, both on an economic and political level, which in turn lead to the further evolution of mosaic art.

In Constantinople the Hagia Sophia is decorated in consecutive yet distinct periods starting in the 9th until the 13thcentury BC. The three monumental complexes of the Helladic area of the 11th century are extremely important. The Dafni Monastery, the Osios Loukas Monastery and the New Monastery in Chios. Following in importance are the Chora Monastery in Constantinople and then mosaic constructions in the Italian peninsula, in Venice, Ravenna, Sicily etc.

With the fall of the Byzantine Empire, mosaic is gradually replaced by frescoes, as they are a less costly technique.

In modern times, interesting mosaic works were produced by the Russian modern artist Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985) and the Spaniard Antoni Gaudi (1852 – 1926) and mosaic becomes a medium applied in modern and contemporary architectural constructions.

The main adhesive material used for mosaics is mortar (kourasani). This mixture is made of lime, sand, Santorini’s soil, pounded brick and at times powdered marble. Two layers of mortar – kourasani precede the setting bed on the surface that will carry the mosaic. Starting from the coarser grain, roughened and resisting to humidity mortar layer and topped by the second mortar layer that has a finer grain. On this layer is set the mosaic using either the direct or indirect method.

In the first case, i.e. the direct method

(image no 3) [Image no 3 Direct setting – Fish]Krystalia Kefa Panagia

we have a direct setting of the mosaic on the kourasani, where previously a sketch serving as a guide for the disposition of the tesserae has been made. This is a very demanding technique, as the tesserae must be placed within a specific time frame, while the lime keeps the mortar moist.

In the second case, i.e. the indirect method

(image no 4), a prefabrication of the mosaic in the workshop precedes the setting. The mosaic is first set in reverse with glue on paper. This technique allows for more time and more minute details in the construction.

[Image no 4, Indirect setting- Madonna and Jesus Christ.]

When the work is completed it is placed on a kourasani that has just been poured on the surface intended for the mosaic. As mortar is a very tough material, characterized by great resistance and elasticity, it has been widely used in antiquity and allowed many mosaic masterpieces to survive until today.

The art of mosaics, or as it is otherwise very often called “the art of patience”, is a long and painstaking work since it requires the use of very tough materials (such as stone, granite etc.), great concentration, perseverance and an in-depth knowledge of fabrication techniques that at the end offers us an impressive work of art that can sand the test of time.

An article by visual artist Krystalia Kefallinou.

Τελευταία Ενημέρωση στις Παρασκευή, 28 Αύγουστος 2015 14:31
 
Διασπορά By Professor Christos Evangeliou
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Παρασκευή, 28 Αύγουστος 2015 13:21

 

Διασπορά By Professor Christos Evangeliou

Evangeliou Professor

 

Της Διάσπαρτης Ελλάδας

την ψυχή διαπερνά

πόνος άπαυτος, πελώριος,

και της κόβει τα φτερά!

Την Μητρόπολη Πατρίδα

βλέπει να παραπατεί,

φορτωμένη με δανείων

βάρος το πολύ βαρύ.

Πιάστηκε μες την παγίδα

ύπουλων των δανειστών,

αλεπού που βγήκε βόλτα

στο παζάρι των αστών!

Χεροπόδαρα την δέσαν,

ευθαρσώς την απειλούν,

κόβουν, ράβουν και συλλέγουν

ό,τι λάχει κι ό,τι βρουν.

Ψωροκώσταινα φαντάζει,

ηλιογέννητη Ελλάς,

αντικρίζοντας σε κάνει,

θες δε θες, να συμπονάς.

Αμαυρώθηκε το κάλλος

της Ελλάδος της καλής,

με τις αύρες ζυμωμένο

και τον ήλιο της αυγής.

Οι γοργόνες πια δεν παίζουν

με δελφίνια στο γιαλό,

τα πλατάνια δε θαυμάζουν

των παρθένων το χορό!

Μαύρη της Ελλάδας μοίρα,

Έλληνες Διασποράς

θα διχάσει, θα χωρίσει,

σύνδρομο της συμφοράς.

Άλλοι γρήγορα θα τρέξουν

να της συμπαρασταθούν,

σώμα και ψυχή θα δώσουν,

στον αγώνα που θα μπουν.

Άλλοι, πλούσιοι θα στείλουν

χρήματα με την ευχή,

η Πατρίδα να γνωρίσει

σύντομα την προκοπή!

Άλλοι, τέλος, μ’ αηδία,

μη γνωρίζοντας γιατί,

θα ζητήσουν για να κόψουν

κάθε γέφυρα μ’ αυτή.

Έπρεπε πηγή να μείνει

δόξας πατριωτικής,

όχι του Κρανίου τόπος,

κεφαλάρι της ντροπής!

Νέο κύμα των Ελλήνων

φεύγει για την ξενιτιά,

πώς αφήνει της Πατρίδας

θείον τόπο π’ αγαπά;

Δίχως Έλληνες Ελλάδα,

έρημη θενά φανεί,

για λαθραίους μετανάστες

είσοδος κι υποδοχή!

Της Διασποράς Ελλάδα

ίσως ξαναγεννηθεί,

με ονόματος την αίγλη,

κι ιστορία ζηλευτή.

Έσχατος Ελλάδος στόχος,

Έλληνες Διασποράς,

ή του ύψους ή του βάθους,

με αυτούς μαζί θα πας.

Δύσκολος, μεγάλος άθλος,

άξιος της προσοχής,

της Ελληνικής παιδείας

έπαινος της αρετής!

Χ. Κ. Ε.

Τελευταία Ενημέρωση στις Παρασκευή, 28 Αύγουστος 2015 13:25
 
Greeks of a Different Color: Anneta Koromvli Mukuka
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Τρίτη, 25 Αύγουστος 2015 12:46
 
 
Annetta (left) and friend in traditional Greek Amalia costumes
Annetta (left) and friend in traditional Greek Amalia costumes

Greeks of a Different Color: Anneta Koromvli Mukuka

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Irene Archos

Greeks are travelers.  And sometimes when they travel to foreign exotic places they fall in love.  Then, they get married. And then, they have babies.  And then that baby grows up to be a half-Greek half-whatever hybrid mix.  In that case, issues of identity become a bit harder to explain.  Or does it?  We have covered the issue before in our “Demi-gods and Half-Bloods” article.  But what happens when you are Greek and African? Or Greek and Philipino? Or Greek Dominican?  When a Greek marries a person from the so-called “third world,” the added dimensions of race and economics come into play.  In the next series of articles, we will be profiling Hellenes of a radically different mix.   For this month’s Greek Girl profile we had the pleasure of interviewing Anneta  Koromvli Mukuka, an architecture student at the Parsons School of Design of mixed Greek and Zambian heritage. She tells us that being Greek is something that goes beyond skin deep.

Greek Am Girl: Tell me a bit about yourself and your family.

My mother is Greek and my father is Zambian. My mother is from Tsagarada and Sami, Kefalonia. She studied architecture at the Metsovio Polytexnio and then moved to the United States to do her Masters at Berkley. My father grew up in a true African village. He studied social work and political science at the University of Zambia and was the only one to receive a full scholarship to study at any American university for further studies. He first attended Columbia University and then transferred to Berkley where he met my mother. After many years they both went to Zambia and got married and had three children; my older brother, my sister and me.

I am 20 years old. I have spent my childhood living in Zambia and for holidays I would travel to Greece. I had a truly African childhood and I loved every second of it. I have always loved playing sports and have participated in almost every sport team. I enjoy being active and a member of my committee. I am studying architecture at Parsons in NY.

Greek Am Girl: How Greek do you feel? Explain why and how.

I feel a hundred percent Greek in every way. I grew up attending Greek school many times a week. I danced, and still do, Greek traditional dances since I was quite young. I love and cook Greek food. I have grown up hearing and speaking Greek because it is my language. I truly feel connected with Greek Orthodoxy. I am in love with my country and my home in Greece. Whenever I travel to Greece I feel so happy to be there at home. However, it is not simply all these things that make me feel Greek because being Greek is simply who I am. My mother has always made us feel a hundred percent Greek. Therefore, I have no other way than to feel completely Greek.

Zambian Greek Annetta Mukaka

Annetta Mukaka, a Greek of Zambian descent (left)

Greek Am Girl: What is it like to grow up as a Greek African? Which culture do you identify more with?

Growing up being both Greek and Zambian has been rewarding. It is great to know that you have two homes and cultures in this world. I couldn’t pick which culture I identify with the most because I feel that this doesn’t apply in my situation. I definitely had more of a Greek upbringing than a Zambian one; however, living in Zambia influenced me a lot. The mixture of speaking Greek not Bemba (my father’s language), going to Greek school, being Greek orthodox, Greek dancing and playing with malegens (Zambian tool that is made from wood and rope) and stones, climbing trees, being wild and barefoot everywhere, creating mud pies and pools has combined within me and makes me feel equally Greek and Zambian.

Anneta dancing traditional Greek in Greek school

Anneta dancing traditional Greek in Greek school

Greek Am Girl: What are some conflicts you experienced as a Hellene of mixed cultural descent?

The biggest conflict, and probably the only one, I experience when I am either amongst Greeks or Zambians relates to my skin color. Once the Greeks see me they assume that I am not Greek and there is some racism, however I must say that once they learn that I am Greek and that I indeed speak Greek everything changes for the better. When I am around Zambians they might call me a ‘musungu’ which basically means white person which is again racist. But of course every Zambian loves hearing that I am one of them and they are always intrigued to learn of my dual heritage. It is understandable for people to make immediate assumptions, however the racism present on both the Greek and Zambian sides is so terribly wrong. If the Greeks call me black then I have every right to be called white too, but who would ever call someone who is truly both Greek and Zambian and is brown skinned white? And who said white is better? Those who are racist and inhumane.

Greek Am Girl: How do you keep the Greekness in you alive?  Why is it important to hold on to your cultural roots?

I always feel close to my roots and culture. I love Greek dancing and I do it as often as I can with my sister. Yesterday we danced sirtaki, kalamatiano and pendozali at one in the morning in the basement of the university residence building just because we truly miss dancing and feel so happy and lighthearted when we do it. And of corse we feel truly Greek! I speak Greek constantly whether it is when I call home or to my sister. I even think in Greek sometimes. I always try to go to church and keep my religion alive. I have placed several icons in my dorm room because it is a part of who I am. The only cuisine I know who to cook very well is Greek and Greek food is almost the only food I eat.

It is important because my roots make up who I am. Therefore, if I lose sight of where I have come from on both sides then I am losing myself. My roots keep me humble, grateful, knowledgeable, friendly, understanding and help me appreciate other cultures and see the world from a better perspective.

Greek Am Girl: What is the best thing about being a Greek African? What is the worst?

The best thing about being both Greek and Zambian is that I have become an individual who deeply cares for how their roots have shaped who they are.

The worst thing is that so many people, especially in the US, do not want to believe and see that I am both my cultures and both colors. However, I never feel bad about being both Greek and Zambian. Even if someone degrades me racially I remember that this is how I am and this is how God created me. No one can change that and no one has the right to make me hate where I come from and what I look like.

 

Annetta’s talented older brother, Eleftherios, mixes Greek music with pop and Zambian folk strains

 

Τελευταία Ενημέρωση στις Τρίτη, 25 Αύγουστος 2015 12:59
 
Maria Kanellis: The Wrestling Star your Dad Never Told you About
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Πέμπτη, 20 Αύγουστος 2015 10:45
Maria Kanellis, a babe by anyone's standards
Maria Kanellis, a babe by anyone's standards

There’s something about Greeks and wrestling.  Never mind that wrestling was invented by the ancient Greeks and was a prized Olympic sport.  In America, in my house we grew up hugging the set when WWF broadcast the likes of Rowdy Rowdy Piper, Hulk Hogan, SuperFly Jimmy Snooka, George the Animal Steele, and the likely other celebrities that made wrestling a quarter-sport, 3/4 entertainment.  Now the 2nd generation of wrestling superstars include a diva: our own Greek American girl from Chicago, Maria Kanellis. Although hard to track her down, I am sure being Greek, being beautiful, and loving entertainment had something to do with her meteoric rise to fame.  Here’s the bio from her official fansite:

Maria Kanellis is the current First Lady of Ring of Honor, former WWE Diva, and former contestant on Celebrity Apprentice. She appeared on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” competing against fellow celebrities Sharon Osbourne, Cyndi Lauper and Bret Michaels, among others. She released her first music album, a 4 song EP “Seven Sins,” on April 13th, 2010. She is best known as a former professional wrestler and personality within World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). She was also a backstage correspondent for HDNet’s MMA series “King of the Cage” also from Mark Burnett Productions.

Maria Louise Kanellis was born on February 25, 1982 in Ottawa, Illinois, a small town outside Chicago. The oldest of three siblings in a Greek American family she grew up surrounded by cars and her free time was spent juggling sports, pageants and dancing. In 2004 Maria made her first of many television appearances when she was a contestant on the reality series Outback Jack. Soon after she tried out for the WWE Diva Search and placed fifth out of thousands of contestants. Although she was eliminated, Maria was later hired by WWE as a backstage interviewer on Monday Night Raw and began training for the next 3 years at the Ohio Valley Wrestling facility. She began competing in the ring as a wrestler in 2005. After her debut Maria worked alongside the company’s biggest superstars including John Cena, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Maria never shied away from angles or story lines and is most comfortable in the spotlight. She posed for the April 2008 cover and pictorial in Playboy magazine, which WWE incorporated into one of the year’s most popular story-lines on Monday Night Raw. For the Playboy shoot, Maria chose several elements, including lighting, wardrobe and style. She even designed and produced some of her own wardrobe for this “high-fashion” themed layout. She has also created outfits for her wrestling matches, television appearances, red carpet charity events and high profile WWE ceremonies.

Maria enjoyed some cross-over success while with the WWE, making several TV appearances. She has co-hosted G4 Network’s “Attack of the Show” and she lists “Deal or No Deal,” “Family Feud,” “Project Runway,” “VH1’s Top 20 Video Countdown,” “The Insider,” “Best Damn Sports Show,” “Red Eye,” and “The Today Show,” among several television appearances on her resume. In March 2010, she will appear as a cast member of NBC’s hit series “The Celebrity Apprentice” alongside fellow contestants Sharon Osbourne, Brett Michaels, and Cindy Lauper to name a few. Maria worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation as her charity of choice during filming. She is very active when it comes to other charitable organizations, such as Generation Rescue, Paws For Style, St. Jude’s Children Hospital and The Kentucky Humane Society to name a few. Philanthropy holds a special place with Maria as she continually donates her time and money towards newfound, worthy causes. She has traveled overseas with the WWE from 2005-2008 for it’s annual USO Tribute to the Troops Tour, donating her time and energy to entertain and spread goodwill to our servicemen and women stationed overseas.

Maria was recently named WWE’s Diva of the Year for 2009, a popular fan vote as decided by the WWE Universe. Shortly after she was released unexpectedly by the WWE, citing Maria’s deep desire to pursue outside interests, such as TV, movies, and writing and producing her own music. Maria describes her rock music as a combination of glamour, twisted lyrics and sex appeal. The first EP is titled “Sevin Sins.”

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Image Credit: Maria Kanellis Official Fan Site, www.mariakanellis.com

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Maria has only began her rise to stardom but already has millions of fans worldwide and an intense drive for success. Her creativity is evident in everything she does. Maria’s life mantra that inspires her is “Passion is my Motivation.”

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