Sunday, March 10, 2013

AHEPA Chapter Rewards Oratorical Festival Participants at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church

Congratulations to the nine outstanding participants in the 2013 St. John Crysostom Oratorical Festival at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Reading, PA. The event was held Sunday, March 10, 2013, with AHEPA member Andrew Maoury coordinating the competition. William Penn Chapter No. 61 also provided a gift card to each participant. The winner of the Senior Division was Anastasis 'Soci' Phyrillas. The winner of the Junior Division was James Phyrillas. As a former judge of the Oratorical Festival and someone who has listened to dozens of speeches over the past decade, I believe this year's competition was the toughest ever and I commend all our Greek Orthodox youth who participated and shared their love of the Lord and their faith with members of their church community. I don't envy this year's judges (which included William Penn Chapter No. 61 President Dr. George Giovanis. The top two finishers in each division go to the Regional competition in Camp Hill, PA, on March 16, 2013. Good luck to all the winners. Pictured above are the contestants from left to right: Patrick Phyrillas, James Phyrillas, Alex Lountzis, Kyran Mitchell, Vasilis Phyrillas, Alexandros Matthews, Andrew Lountzis, Stavanna Donahue and Anastasis Phyrillas.

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