2013 St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine Eighth Annual Essay Contest: St. Augustine, FL

October 31, 2013 – November 1, 2013 all-day
Entry Fee: Free

St. Photios Shrine

The 2013 Essay Contest is underwritten by Mrs. Kathie Dakis D’Anna in memory of her beloved husband of blessed memory, Carmen V. D’Anna, Sr.  Mrs. D’Anna resides in Jacksonville, Fl and is a member at St John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church. She and her husband were born and raised in Baltimore, MD, where they raised their family in the Essex area, instilling in them love of family, church and heritage.

Mrs. D’Anna offers an opportunity to our high school students to explore the experience of their forefathers and to articulate that experience to others. May God continue to bless all the D’Anna family with abundance and may He give rest to the soul of Carmen. May his memory be eternal.

Eligibility: Open to high school students

Type: 1,000 word Essay

Deadline: Thursday, October 31, 2013

Essay Theme: Most Americans appreciate an immigrant story – perhaps that is because the United States is known as ‘a melting pot’ of many cultures. The immigrant’s story is held as a precious thread of the family legacy. It is unique to each family’s history in America with recurring themes of why the immigrant left, what was met in the new land and how their life manifested itself through its course.

In your essay, compare and contrast the immigrant story of one of the Greek colonists who came to America in 1768 and a person you know – either a family member or parishioner, a friend of the family. How are the stories similar, what was unique to the individual – how were you touched – what have you learned from writing this essay?

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