Essay Contest

2021-22 Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest

Discuss how trusting in God during a difficult time has helped you or someone you know find the strength and hope to endure it.

In an essay of 500-750 words, describe everyday obstacles that you may have experienced or witnessed others experiencing while living a life of authentic faith. Explain how you have overcome these obstacles and how, by doing so, it has helped your faith to continue to grow.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” - James 1:2-4

This contest encourages today’s youth to be more connected to their community and their faith.

Contact Info

Roy Lorenz, Essay Chariman

cell: 779-537-1912

Contest Forms & Info


July/August: Council and/or assemblies should order Catholic Essay Contest Kits. Kit contents available on program guide sheets and can be ordered along with additional program material via Officers Online. Contact schools to obtain participation. At this time, the due date and means of recognizing winners should be determined.

September: Students write essay

October: Judges review essay for Council level

November/December: Judges review essay at the District and Jurisdiction (State) level

January: Jurisdiction (State) judging. Essays due to the Supreme Council for international judging by January 31 - Jurisdiction winners should be recognized at the annual convention

March: International Essay Contest winner is announced

2021-22 Essay Contest State Results

Grade Rank Name Council City

8 Winner Samantha Amar 6481 Des Plaines

8 Runner-up Madelyn Stierwalt 13103 Sadorus

8 Runner-up Luke Hoffman 658 Sherrad

9 Winner Brynn Hawkins 13126 Granite City

10 Winner Olivia Klusas 13126 Glen Carbon

11 Winner Annika Panopio 574 Bloomington

11 Runner-up Evan Schrage 13126 Troy

12 Winner Gregory Venarsky 13126 Marine

12 Runner-up Kyle Koch 574 Bloomington

The Winner at each level will be advanced to the Supreme Council for judging at the International level.