2008-2009 Famous Greeks and Americans
The final stage of the 2008-2009 Famous Greeks and Americans Essay Contest was held on Saturday, March 7, at the Hellenic American Union for the finalists and their relatives and teachers.
The finalist candidates for the 2008-2009 Essay Contest, their relatives and teachers were welcomed at the Hellenic American Union.
The ten finalists then took part in the final stage of the contest writing an essay on the following topic, prompt and task:
John Cunningham, 37, acted like a hero when he jumped into Jackson River, after he saw a 13-year-old girl in the water. Mr. Cunningham was walking along the river with his wife, Jane, and their two children, Ben and Sarah, when they noticed children shouting for help by the river. Ms Cunningham said: "We saw a girl in the water. She suddenly disappeared under the water. John took his shoes off and dived into the river. He swam toward the girl and then he managed to pull her out.” The brave man has received a heartfelt thank you from the girl he saved from drowning.
There are certain characteristics that make up a hero/heroine. Some of those characteristics may be great courage, cleverness, special achievement in a particular field, life commitment to the people and even sacrifice of his/her own life for the people. In your opinion what characteristics should a hero possess? Give reasons and examples.
When the final stage was over the candidates and the other guests were given a tour of the exhibition by one of the most important artists of the 20th century Joseph Beuys at the Hellenic American Union galleries. Participants were also given a tour of the Hellenic American Union Library.
The day ended with lunch at the Hellenic American Union, a brief farewell speech by the organizers and the participants’ departure.
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