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To a fellow brother, a fellow Greek
your time was short but your story will be told over and over again. You did more in 23 years than most will do in a lifetime. You worked hard and pushed on never giving in to the pressures that life throws at you. And for that you and all the other lives lost on that horrific day will be remembered forever.

Posted by Harry Andreou

Andrew

I would like you to know that there hasn't been a day that's gone by since 1996 when I haven't stopped to think about what you did for me. I was a junior, you were a senior, and you were the king of the school. Even though you'd give me the occasional head nod when we'd pass each other in the hallways I didn't think you knew my name.

Long story short I was getting beaten up in the bathroom by the same bully who made my life miserable since our first encounter in middle school and I was crying. I was alone and I was scared and my tormentor was with three of his sadistic friends and they were blocking the bathroom door to prevent me from getting out. They had emptied my book bag and strewn the contents across the bathroom.

That's when you walked in with Steve B. You took one look around and took the jerk to task. You asked his friends what was so funny and they scattered like roaches when the light was turned on. You looked at the bully and asked him what did Ryan ever do to you? I was shocked you knew my name! Of course the fact that I was beat up crying and my stuff was all over the bathroom kept me from expressing my amazement. He tried to shrug it off and walk off but you stood in front of him and repeated your question. He muttered "nothing." 7 years worth of torment for "nothing!"

You replied "he's done nothing to you then leave him alone." The guy left the bathroom and never bothered me again. He avoided me because you had protected me.

Such a small thing for you was one of the most important moments of my life. Just the fact that you knew my name gave me such confidence! I will always be sorry that I was so embarrassed that day that I never properly thanked you not for stopping the bully not for helping me pick up my stuff and not for giving me a ride home from school that day. I was still so humiliated that I could barely look you in the eyes. I wish I could have told you how grateful I was to you and how much what you did meant to me.

Oh, and Sterg, I'm sorry for one more thing too. I'm sorry that I was so frazzled that I forgot to tell you that the bully had peed on my math textbook, a fact that you quickly picked up on after you had fished it out of the urinal. I was about 2 blocks away from you on 9/11 the day that terrorists took you from us.

I've since moved from the downtown area but I'm there every so often and every time I pass Ground Zero, I look up and say a prayer for you and whisper a word of thanks. I sincerely hope that you hear my words and that you're looking down on us. I'm sure our paths will cross again.

Posted by Ryan B

I am so sorry that this has happened to you. I can t imagine how much more successful in life you could have been you have accomplished so much. I myself play hockey. I am captain of the field hockey team at my school and after reading about you hope to become as successful as you have been. I'm sure so many people are very proud of you

Posted by Katie Deuell

Andrew and I were classmates in GN from JFK through high school. It was Andrews leadership on the lacrosse field that I remember most vividly. How naturally it came to him and how he was able to motivate me to play me best even when my spirits were down. Yesterday and today I spent some time on this wonderful website. I visited the memorials on the Saddle Rock Bridge in the Village of GN and in Kennilworth. How fortunate I am to have known Andrew. His memory lives on inside of me forever.

Published by Eddie Nejat

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In Remembrance
Age:
23
Location on 9/11:
One WTC
Occupation:
Cantor Fitzgerald | Product Development
Reflections:
Eulogy
The Andrew Stergiopoulos Foundation

The Andrew Stergiopoulos Foundation

Biography:

Andrew Stergiopoulos – known to friends and colleagues as “Sterg” – was born on March 7, 1978. His life embodied the values of leadership, academic and athletic achievement, sportsmanship, diligence and empathy. In twenty three and one-half years, he made a profound and lasting impact on everyone with whom he came into contact. Andrew’s outstanding qualities emerged early and dramatically in his athletic undertakings.

He started playing ice hockey at the age of six, and began football and lacrosse shortly thereafter. Through a combination of innate skill honed by tireless effort, Andrew became a leader in every sport he played; by his junior year in high school, he had been named captain of the football, lacrosse and ice hockey teams. He inspired his teammates by example. During the Great Neck North-South football game in the fall of 1995, Andrew rushed for a school record of 237 yards on 23 carries – a record that stands unbroken to this day. In lacrosse, he was recognized with the Nassau County All-County Award in both the 1994 and 1995 seasons. And in ice hockey, he was named Best Defenseman each season from 1989 through 1994, Most Valuable Player in 1993-1994 and Captain from 1995-1996.

At George Washington University, Andrew played with the GW Colonials Lacrosse All Star Team, the 2000 National College Lacrosse League Champions. Andrew was a mentor to other athletes, a fierce and fair competitor and a focal point of school spirit. The combination of qualities that ensured Andrew’s success on the sports field carried over seamlessly into other areas. Andrew excelled academically, and discovered his academic passion in the study of finance and information systems. He graduated from the School of Business and Public Management at George Washington University in May 2000.

Shortly after graduation he accepted a job with eSpeed, Inc., the technology unit of bond broker Cantor Fitzgerald. His training program at eSpeed was scheduled to start in late summer 2000, but ever eager to work and learn, Andrew offered to begin in early July. In just over a year with the eSpeed Product Development Group, Andrew participated in a far-reaching overhaul of existing bond trading technology. He worked on the conception and development of 20 patents and is credited as an inventor on eight of them.