2020 Oratorical Festival (including videos of the Junior and Senior Winners)
We are pleased to announce the 2020 Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival results.
We want to express our deep thanks for the tremendous turnout of participants, despite the challenges of quarantine and social distancing. These challenges necessitated the parish festival become virtual and the cancellations of regional, Metropolis, and Archdiocesan competitions; but we persevered with 14 participants in both the junior and senior divisions. Participants included:
Ana Lucia Spathopoulos
Each participant worked very hard on his/her video submission and it showed. The level of scholarship was impressive and competitive! Our judge's panel viewed each video carefully and scored them independently just as they would have during live presentations. They then deliberated to achieve a final decision. The resulting winners are:
Congratulations to both of them! You can see their respective speeches by clicking on the links above or scrolling to the end of this email.
A deserved thank you to our esteemed panel of judges Georgia McKinney, Daphne Vaccarello, and Domenic Carr and our timekeeper Bill Polizos. Your hard work, patience, and resilience during a pandemic is appreciated.
We want to emphasize how proud we are of all participants for their hard work, the personal nature of the speeches, and knowledge of their faith. Axios!
Dean and Vivian Chelpon
Saint Katherine Co-chairs, 2020 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival
Mia Tzafolias, Winner of the Junior Division
Iliana Tzafolias, Winner of the Senior Division
45 Holy Martyrs of Nikopolis, Armenia; Our Holy Father Gregory, Bishop of Assa; 10,000 Fathers martyred in Egypt; Apollonios the Martyr; Deposition of the Precious Robe of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Moscow; Righteous Father Anthony of the Kiev Caves; Parthenios and Eumenios of Koudoumas