On Saturday, April 6th, 2013 46 of our GOYANS went to St. Thomas Church in Cherry Hill, N.J. They were excited, prepared and eager to compete in the 28th Annual Sights and Sounds Festival. Their dedicated preparation in the areas of visual, literary and spoken arts as well as music, dance and drama was well worth the effort. They returned home with trophies in several categories, including the prized “Overall Winner” trophy, which they’ve won for three consecutive years!
The Sights and Sounds Festival began in 1985 and is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Youth Commission. Participating GOYANS range in age from 12 to 18 and are from 13 parishes in the Metropolis of New Jersey. Fr. Anastasios Bourantas has been the event Commissioner since 2005 in partnership with Assistant Commissioner, Fr. Peter Thornberg.
Sights and Sounds brings Greek Orthodox young people together to demonstrate their God-given talents and to enjoy fellowship with one another. In addition to GOYA meetings twice a month, they assemble on a weekly basis for basketball and dance practice. Art, handcrafts, woodworking and photography are among the projects done on an individual basis, as are essays and poetry. Dance, drama, and vocal and instrumental music are rehearsed both individually and in a group. Their entries and performances follow the official guidelines of the Sights and Sounds Handbook with oversight by adult advisers.
This year’s program began at 8:30 AM and concluded around midnight. The commitment and team spirit of St. George’s GOYANS is a credit to themselves, their families and their Church.