2021 UOL Essay Contest

2021 UOL ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

Information is located in UOL Bulletin.  In process of being typed up for the website.

Information & Instructions

ALL ENTRIES DUE MAY 8 2021!

You may view or download a PDF of all materials related to the 2021 UOL Essay Contest as shown directly below.

Introduction Letter > Letter Here

2021 Essay Topics > Topics Here

2021 Cover Sheet > Cover Sheet Here

2021 UOL Essay Contest Rules > Rules Here

2021 UOL Essay Information in Ukrainian > In Ukrainian Here

INTRODUCTION

Please give this information to your Church school students, Junior and Senior UOL members, and all of your parishioners.  The theme for this year’s UOL convention is:

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” – Corinthians 2:5-7

The topics for the essay contest are based on the Divine Liturgy. All entries will be judged for content, creativity, and neatness. Please refer to the enclosed rules and guidelines that must be followed. Entries may be submitted in either English or Ukrainian, which ever you are more comfortable with.  All entries are to be mailed to:

 UOL Essay Contest

C/O Teresa Linck

413 Juniper Lane

Cheshire, CT   06410

Or email to tlinck.essays@gmail.com

 All entries must be postmarked no later than May 8, 2021. Emailed entries must be time stamped no later than 7:00 PM of the deadline date. All participants will receive a certificate of participation. All first, second, and third place winners will be announced and awarded icons at the UOL convention in Philadelphia. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email.  

Thank you for your support!

In Christ’s Love,

Teresa Linck, Essay Contest Chairperson

2021 ESSAY CONTEST TOPICS

 

Category A/Kindergarten: The Prokimen in the 3rd Tone says “Sing praises to our God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!” Draw a picture of your church choir singing praises to our God.

Category B/Grades 1 and 2: At the end of Liturgy the priest says a prayer that includes: “For every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from Thee, the Father of Lights…” Draw a picture and write 2 to 5 sentences showing and telling us, what good gifts you have received from God.

Category C/Grades 3 and 4: In the Lord’s Prayer we say: “…and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us…” Write 50 to 100 words on why it is so important that we forgive those that trespass against us.

Category D/Grades 5 and 6: The First Antiphon, as sung on the major Feast Days of our Church, includes the refrain: “Through the prayer of the Theotokos, O Savior save us.” Why do you think it is important for us to pray to Theotokos to ask Her to pray for us? Write 125 or more words explaining your answer.

Category E/Grades 7 and 8: During the Great Litany, the Priest or Deacon prays for “Our God-loving and God-protected Country, America, for the government and for the Armed Forces and for our God-loving and God-protected homeland Ukraine.”  Write 150 or more explaining why it is important to do this and pray for the country.

Category F/Grades 9 and 10: During the Great Litany, the Priest or Deacon prays, “For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger and necessity, let us pray to the Lord.” Write 200 words or more on what this means to you.

Category G/Grades 11 and 12: On the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, the Kondak/Kontakion says: “Let us flee from the Pride of the Pharisee and learn humility from the Publican’s tears.” Write 250 words or more explaining how it is so difficult for people living today to follow these words of our Lord.

Category H/Adults: During the Supplicating Litany, the Priest or Deacon says: “A Christian ending to our life: painless, blameless, and peaceful; and a good defense before the dread judgement seat of Christ…” What does this phrase mean to you and have you ever thought about how your own preparation for a Christian ending and the dread judgement seat of Christ? Write 500 words or more sharing your thoughts.

 

UOL ESSAY CONTEST 2021 RULES AND COVER SHEET

 

CONTEST GUIDELINES AND RULES

  1. Entries must be postmarked by May 8, 2021. 
  2. NO NAMES ON THE FRONT OF ANY ENTRY.
  3. All entries must include the following information: (PLEASE USE THE COVER PAGE SUPPLIED) Download HERE
    1. Participant’s  first and last name
    2. Age and grade in school
    3. The name and address of participant’s parish, including city and state
  4. Drawings must be no larger than 12 x 18 and NO names on the front of drawing.  Please attach a COVER PAGE or use the BACK of the drawing for the information listed above. All drawings MUST be mailed.
  5. Written entries must be on 8 ½” x 11” paper.  Include a cover page with the identifying information listed above.  Entries for 9th grade and above must be typed or printed.
  1. Emailed entries must be scanned in and emailed, SO DO NOT TAKE PHOTOS OF ENTRIES AND EMAIL THEM, THEY ARE DIFFICULT TO READ AND WILL NOT BE JUDGED. Emailed entries must be time stamped no later than 7:00 PM of the deadline date.

Entries may be submitted in English or Ukrainian.

 ALL ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED FOR CONTENT, CREATIVITY AND NEATNESS.

 No entries will be accepted after the previously mentioned deadlines.

Please send entries to

Teresa Linck: 413 Juniper Lane, Cheshire, CT  06410

Teresa Linck at: tlinck.essays@gmail.com

UOL ESSAY CONTEST 2021 INFORMATION IN UKRAINIAN

 

2021 UOL ESSAY CONTEST INFORMATION IN UKRAINIAN.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OR VIEW THE INFORMATION.


2020 Essay Contest

Please print all 3 documents

1. 2020 Essay Contest Cover Page CLICK HERE

2. 2020 Essay Contest Topics CLICK HERE

3. 2020 Essay Contest Guidelines and Rules CLICK HERE

Topics for 2020 Essay Contest

Pre –K and Kindergarten:  In the Book of Genesis, Adam and Eve were the first man and woman created by God. They lived in a beautiful garden paradise that God made for them called the Garden of Eden. Draw a picture of what you think the Garden of Eden looked like.

Grades 1 and 2: In the Book of Genesis, God told Noah that there would be a great flood and that he should build an ark, take his family, and collect two of each animal, one male and one female. Noah did as he was told. Draw a picture of Noah’s ark with all the animals, then write 2 to 4 sentences on how Noah’s family kept the faith and prayed to God during the flood.

Grades 3 and 4: The 6th Commandment says: “Honor your father and your mother…” (Exodus 20:12). Write 50 to 75 words on why you think God made a point of reminding us that we need to honor our mothers and fathers and how we as Orthodox Christians show our faith by honoring our fathers and mothers.

Grades 5 and 6: In the book Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament is says “It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay” (5:4-6). Write 75 to 125 words on how this verse affects how you live your faith and interact with those around you every day. 

Grades 7 and 8: The 3rd Commandment says: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in Vain…” (Exodus 20:7). When we send text messages and emails, we constantly use the phrase “OMG”. Do you think this is taking the name of the Lord in vain, why or why not? Write 100 to 150 words defending your position.

Grades 9 and 10: The last verse in the Book of Ecclesiastes says, “Fear God and keep his Commandments, for this is the whole man. For God will bring every work into judgement, including everything that has been overlooked, whether it be good or evil.” (12:14) Write 175 to 225 on how you walk the Orthodox faith and include God in every action throughout the day. 

Grades 11 and 12: The 9th Commandment says: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:16).  Write 250 to 300 words on why it is so easy for us to forget and break this commandment in today’s technology driven world.

Adults 18 and over: In the book Ecclesiastes it says, “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven…” (3:1), “a time to kill and a time to heal” (3:3), “a time to love and a time to hate…a time for war and a time for peace” (3:8). In today’s society, where we see what we believe to be atrocities against man and God, many ask “How can a benevolent God allow this to happen?” Write 400 or more words explaining how you would answer this question. Remember to use your Bible to defend your answer.

Dear parents with students that have academic disabilities: Please have your child write the essay in the category that best matches their academic ability. At award time only the category of A through G will be mentioned, not the grade level.

2020 UOL Essay Winners

 

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