Oratorical Festival Through the Years

By: Athina Vella – St. Andrew’s Church Randolph, NJ     Every year, the host church for the St. John Chrysostom National Oratorical Festival asks previous national finalists in...

Meet Demetra Ganias Soterakis: An Oratorical Teen turned News Anchor and Mom

  Similar to many first-time Oratorical Festival Teens, Demetra Ganias Soterakis decided to participate in the event alongside friends and classmates because it was an annual Sunday...

Presenting Your Speech with Confidence and Charisma

You’ve written your Oratorical speech using our five preparation tips. But writing is just one part of making a great speech, now you have to present it in front of an audience.

Meet Mike Emanuel: An Oratorical Teen turned Political Correspondent

  In the fall of 1983 -- the very first year of the Oratorical Festival -- Mike Emanuel’s parish priest, Father Alexander Leondis encouraged all the GOYAns to participate in the...

5 Tips on Preparing Your Speech

So, your Sunday School teacher, parent, Godparent, or friend told you about the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. After some consideration, you are leaning towards trying it. Besides getting...

Meet George Psomas: An Oratorical Teen turned Professional Actor

In 1996, George Psomas stepped up to the podium for the first time as a Junior Division participant at the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. Now, he is a professional actor in New York City...

How to Market the Oratorical Festival

Introduced in 1983, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival provides Greek Orthodox teenagers the opportunity to write and talk about their faith. Over 200 parishes and 1,000 participants take...

How the Oratorical Festival can help your children become active learners in their Orthodox faith

As the daughter of Presvytera Margaret Orfanakos and Fr. John Orfanakos – the former national chairpersons of the National Oratorical Festival from 1986 through 2018 – I am a...
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