Express Your Faith!  Represent your Parish!  Do you like to write?  Draw? Present your point in front of an audience? Then the Oratorical Festival is a good fit for you.  This year's Oratorical Festival enables you to choose from one of the following categories:  Speech, Essay, Poetry or Iconography, and compete in either the Senior Division (10th-12th grade); or, the Junior Division (7th-9th grade).  There are five topics in each division (see below) to choose from in the 2017 program.  Coinciding with Great Lent, this inspiring program will give you a unique opportunity for reflection during the Lenten journey. 

If you are competing in the Junior level, your speech must be 3-4 minutes long.  An essay must range between 300-400 words.  Senior division speeches are 4-5 minutes long, and essays range between 500-600 words.  Poetry must range between 8-30 lines and poets can choose from a number of different forms (sonnet, haiku, etc.).  Iconography must be of Jesus Christ, The Theotokos, or a singular Saint and be presented as a 8x10 or 20x20 in size.

In order to apply, you must be registered in either the Sunday Church School program, or Jr. GOYA/GOYA, and fill out an official festival registration form (included below).

Interested?  Read additional information below and speak to your Jr. GOYA or GOYA representative, Sunday Church School teacher, or Ascension's 2017 Oratorical Festival coordinator, Dr. Dean Tsarwhas at: tsarwhas1@gmail.com.  




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