St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival held at Holy Apostles on March 6, 2022
Congratulations to the HAGOC youth who competed in the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival on March 6th:
Senior Division (grades 10-12): Stephen Economou (1st place score), Katie Drapas (2nd place), Peter Pollatos (3rd place)
Junior Division (grades 7-9): John Economou (1st place score), Marianna Drapas (2nd place), Madison Joiner (3rd place)
We also congratulate our participant from the Elementary Division (grades 4-6; the Elementary Division is not judged/at the local level only): Ben Joiner
All of our participants did commendable work: learning more about and reflecting thoughtfully on the faith and sharing inspired words with our parish! Thank you for making this year’s festival a big success!

Additional thanks go to: Fr. Cosmas and Presv. Michelle, for their help organizing this year’s festival and their steadfast dedication to developing and caring for HAGOC youth; the festival judges – Ed Cleveland, Valerie Avramides and Philip Morande – for lending their insight and time in support of HAGOC youth; and the participants’ parents/families, for all they do to encourage and guide the children’s religious education. A special thank you to Greg and Ashley Joiner, our Oratorical Festival Co-Chairs, for giving of their time to guide our youth towards success and a deepening of their faith.

The next level of competition is Virginia District, to be held at St. Nicholas Church in Virginia Beach, VA on April 2nd. Best wishes to our top 2 finishers in the Senior and Junior Divisions – Stephen, Katie, John and Marianna – as they represent our parish at the Virginia District.