• June 6, 2014
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Historic competition devoted to Pope Saint John Paul II. COMPLETED

Today, on 6th June, 30 students from Polish schools in Vilnius, Vilnius District Municipality and Solecznicki’s district entered the competition devoted to polish Pope – John Paul II.

It is already the 10th edition of this quiz organized by the originator and initiator Stanisław Pieszka, Managing Director of the Foundation “Self-determination” together with the Polish Teacher’s Schools in Vilnius Association “School Matrix”.

The beginning of the competition was initiated by its guests – Stanisław Cygnarowski, consul general in Vilnius, Artur Ludkowski, councilman of the government in Vilnius, director of  polish community center in Vilnius, Stanisław Pieszko and members of the board: chairman pr. Mirosław Grabowski, parish priest from Church of St. Michael Archangel, Mother Superior Michaela Rak, director from the hospice of blessed Michał Sopoćka in Vilnius, Krystyna Dzierżyńska, vice-chairwoman of “School Matrix” Association, Iwona Wojnicz, specialist from educational local government department of Vilnius District Municipality, Roman Lachowicz, retired history teacher inSaint John Paul II intermediate school in Vilnius.

“Today, there is a lot of talking about Saint John Paul II, many projects devoted to his memory are organized, but few people know his learning” – said the consul Stanisław Cygnarowski when congratulating to the youths on undertaking the challenge and entering the competition.

This year’s test is made up of two parts that constitute 90 questions. The first part is connected with life and activity of the Pope whereas the other part, which was created by Mother Superior Michaela, is connected with fragments of John Paul IIs’ speeches during his visits in Poland and Lithuania.

“Young people, by getting to know life of John Paul II, are not only exploring their knowledge of the history of Church but they are also exploring their faith. And only a man of faith can be driven by integrity and truthfulness in his life – explains Stanisław Pieszko, the initiator of this project, who is promising a pilgrimage to Poland and Rome as a reward for the best students. For the time being, the reward will be given to 5 students who receive the greatest scores. But, if there will be more sponsors, then more students will be able to attend the pilgrim, as it was in the previous years.

The test lasts three hours. After it ended, students received certificates of attendance and the board went to check the tests.

The list of laureates, meaning those who received the greatest scores:

  1. Artur Nienartowicz, intermediate school in Ejszyszki (92 points)
  2. Elżbieta Rulińska, A. Mickiewicz intermediate school in Vilenius (90 points)
  3. Ewelina Tomaszewicz, A. Mickiewicz intermediate school in Vilenius (87 points)
  4. Erika Rylovaitė,  pr. J. Obrembski high school in Mejszagol (83 points)
  5. Kamilė Kodzytė, intermediate school in Ejszyszki (80 points)
  6. Sabina Zdanowicz, J. Śniadecki intermediate school in Solecznicki (74 points)
  7. Donata Korwiel, primary school in Kiena (67,5 points)
  8. Ewa Szturo, J. I. Kraszewski intermediate school in Vilenius (63 points)
  9. Ernesta Jankowska, elementary school in Mościszki (61,5 points)
  10. Sabina Butrymowicz, J. Sniadecki intermediate school in Soleczniki (59,5 points)

Translated by Edyta Zarzeczna within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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