Parish Oratorical Festival to be held March 6

Our annual St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival will be held on Sunday, March 6. Encourage your teenage student to select a topic now and to participate in this National event, which begins at the Parish level.

From the GOARCH website:
Introduced in 1983, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival provides Greek Orthodox teenagers the opportunity to write and talk about their faith. The Oratorical Festival Program begins at the parish level and is divided into two divisions:

  • Junior Division for students in grades 7–9
  • Senior Division for student in grades 10–12

The top speakers in the Junior and Senior Divisions advance to the Metropolis Oratorical Festival. The top speaker in each metropolis division is then selected to participate in the Archdiocese Finals, which is hosted by a different Metropolis each year. This year's Archdiocese Finals will be hosted by the Metropolis of Atlanta and the parish of St. Nektarios in Charlotte, NC.

The Chrysostom Scholarship for Hellenic College
In the past Hellenic College offered college scholarships to all first place senior speakers at the parish level.  This year, the scholarship is being offered to all first, second and third place participants in both the junior and senior levels at the parish, district and metropolis levels.

FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism Awards
Each finalist receives an additional scholarship award from FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism as part of its grant to the Archdiocese. FAITH has made these awards to Oratorical Festival Finalists since 2007. We are grateful to the Founders of FAITH for their generous support of the youth of our Archdiocese and the Finalists of the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. 

AHEPA Scholarship
The Dallas Chapter of AHEPA offers a $500 Scholarship to the first place speaker in the Senior Division.

This year all participants must register online.  Go to and click on Participant Registration under Forms.