St. Photios Greek National Shrine Sponsors
Essay-Writing Contest

Deadline: November 1, 2006
Eligibility: Open to high school students
Entry Fee: Free
Length: Type 1,000 Word Essay

Essay Theme Choices:

a) St Photios Greek Orthodox Shrine – The significance of a place to honor the memory of those first Greeks who came to America in 1768

b) St Photios the Great – What impact did this “Missions Patriarch” have on the nations surrounding Byzantium? How did he fulfill the Christ’s exhortation to go forth, teach, baptize and make disciples of all nations?

c) The Colonists’ Odyssey - Leaving Greece, working in New Smyrna and the eventual exodus to St Augustine – Who, what, why, where and how?

d) Archbishop Iakovos - The impact today of his leadership for the Greek Orthodox Church in America

GRAND PRIZE: Reading of the Prize Winning Essay at the Twenty-fifth Annual National Shrine Day Luncheon, February 4, 2007 in St Augustine, Florida (transportation and hotel expenses paid) and a LAPTOP Computer

First Prize $500.00 Savings Bond

Second Prize $250.00 Savings Bond

Third Prize $100.00 Savings Bond

Please send four copies of your essay to the following address. All essays become property of St Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine. Please include a cover page with name, address, phone number and email address. Also, it is recommended that a one paragraph autobiographical statement and photo be submitted for possible publication. Remember the deadline is November 1, 2006.

Committee Members: Dr Louis Gaitanis, St Augustine; Katherine Bacalis, Jackson­ville; Renee Gahagan, Daytona Beach

For more information, contact:
Polexeni Maouris Hillier - Associate Director
St Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine
41 St George St
St Augustine, Florida 32084
904 829 8205

(Posting date 21 September 2006)

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