KC Essay Contest

Chairman Mark Hartmann


CATHOLIC CITIZENSHIP ESSAY CONTEST

A Higher Purpose
The KC Essay Contest encourages youth in our community to become citizens grounded in their faith through creative writing. Open to all Catholic students (public, private, home, or parochial schools) in grades 8 to 12 during the current school year.  Our Council conducts the contest through St Croix Catholic School.

Overview
This contest encourages today’s youth to be more connected to their community and their faith. The goal of this program is to involve young Catholics in 8th through 12th grade (public, private, parochial or home schools) in civic discourse and instill in them religious and life-affirming values. The essay should be approximately 500-750 words on a specific subject, changing every other year. Entrants will be judged on grammar, style, and how clearly they present the theme – which should showcase creativity, imagination and overall development of the topic.

2018-2019 Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest Prompt:

How does your family keep its Catholic Faith in Action?

“Faith in action is love, and love in action is service. By transforming that faith into living acts of love, we put ourselves in contact with God himself, with Jesus our Lord.” – Saint Mother Teresa

As Catholics, we are called to joyfully and enthusiastically live our faith. But in a world of increasing noise, constant activity, and so much self-interest, sometimes it can feel impossible to focus on what is truly most important: our families, our communities, our faith, and our Lord. Jesus challenged his disciples: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you” (John 20:21, NABRE). He sends us. How have we taken up the call?

Our Catholic faith is the starting point of all our actions. In ways both large and small, our families constantly rise to Christ’s challenge. In an essay of 500-750 words, reflect on how your family puts its Catholic faith in action, every day. This could be through daily prayers as a family, volunteering to help the less fortunate in your community or even just reminding those in your life of how much they mean to you.

Eligibility

The Knights of Columbus Essay Contest is open to all Catholic students — in public, private or parochial schools — in grades 8,9,10,11 and 12 during the current school year.

Timetable

September/October: Students write essays. Essays should be submitted to judges by ear;y October.

October/November: Judges review essays for council level.

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