Christina Hanos is a high school senior, high honors student at Clarkstown High School South. She and her family attend Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in West Nyack, New York and live in New City. Christina will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Fall under their seven year medical program with Albany Medical College.
The St. John Chrysostom Festival is an annual competition sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in which teenagers select from several topics and write and present a 4-5 minute sermon about their faith.
The competition for Christina began at the Parish Level on April 3, 2016 as a Senior Division participant. Christina gave her sermon in front of the community and advanced to represent our parish at the next level, the District Level, which was held at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Manhattan on April 16, 2016.
She competed there against representatives from all five boroughs, Westchester County and Rockland County. She placed first at that level and then represented the region at the Metropolis/Direct Archdiocesan District Level, which was held at St. Barbara’s in Orange Connecticut on May 14, 2016.
She competed there against representatives from the Long Island, Connecticut and Washington, DC, districts. She placed first at that level which led her to the Nationals, held at the St. Nektarios Shrine Church in Charlotte, N.C., on June 11, 2016.
She represented the Metropolis there and competed against the eight other Metropolis’ of the United States and placed first, winning the competition, and was awarded a $2,000 scholarship. Present at the finals was Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.