All St John Neumann Parish students that are in public, private and parochial schools in grades 8-12 are invited to participate in the Council 8781 Knights of Columbus Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest for 2019-2020. Submission deadline is October 21st.
The theme of the essay contest is:
Discuss the meaning of Virtue and how you live and embody the virtue of Charity.
“Charity is the theological virtue which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1822
Biblically, virtue is understood as the conformity of life and conduct with the principles of morality, while Charity signifies the reciprocal love between God and man, one that is manifest in unselfish love and eloquently shown in the life, teachings, and death of Jesus Christ. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39).
In an essay of 500-750 words, consider the meaning of virtue and think about ways in which you exemplify the virtue of Charity to glorify and reflect the nature of God. This could be at home with your family or in your community, as you enrich the welfare of others.
Entry forms must be completed. They require that the parent or guardian signs that he/she approves of participation under the terms and conditions of the contest. For entry forms please contact Peter McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Essays must reflect the assigned theme and be the student’s original work.
· Essays must be typed and be between 500 and 750 words in length. Essays should be electronically submitted to the Council. Contact Peter McKenzie for details.
· The student’s name should appear only on the official Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest entry form, which must be stapled to the essay.
· All entries become the property of the Knights of Columbus and will not be returned.
Essays will be judged on a 100-point scoring system:
· 35 points: Content – How clearly is the theme presented?
· 30 points: Grammar – Does the essay reflect proper sentence and paragraph structure and utilize correct spelling?
· 35 points: Style – Does the essay show creativity, imagination and development of the topic in a compelling style?
All contestants are recognized for their participation in the Council 8781 contest.