June 9, 2015
TORONTO — With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios, our Holy Metropolis organized the first-ever Great Lent Essay Challenge for all Greek Orthodox youth in Canada.
Students were asked to answer ‘What does Great Lent, Holy Week and the Resurrection Mean to You?’ based on personal experience, conversations with family and friends and research.
Seventy-one total submissions were received for both age categories (8-13 and 14-19 year-olds). All of the essays received were thoughtfully developed, well written and demonstrated the rich and unparalleled spiritual and liturgical life of Orthodox Christianity.
Our Holy Metropolis sincerely thanks and warmly congratulates all students (names listed below), including those from the Metamorphosis Greek Orthodox School in Toronto, who took the time and initiative to submit a response to the Great Lent Essay Challenge.
After carefully examining all submissions based on content, organization, style, language and creativity and originality, the review committee (consisting of four clergymen and one lay person) determined the following winners.
8-13 Age Category
Winner: Samantha Papaconstantinou
Second Place: Melina Mavromoustakou
Third Place: Eleni Tsagaris and Elissa LeBlanc
George Bakony and Anastasia Bozikis
14-19 Age Category
Winner: Evangelos Tzoganakis
Second Place: Angelo Isidorou
Third Place: Anastasia Grillas
Maiyah Tsaprailis and Jazlin Nicholas
The winners will each receive a scholarship (1st Prize, $400; 2nd Prize, $200; 3rd Prize, $100) from our Holy Metropolis.
We once again applaud all students, particularly the finalists, for their outstanding work and we pray that the Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – through the intercessions of the Most-holy Theotokos, helps and protects them all the days of their lives.