Essay Competition St.Louis Middle School

2018 Ultimate St. Louis Tourist Contest

Notepad … check! Camera … check! Adventure … double check! If you are ages 8 to 18 (entering grades 3 through 12 in 2018/2019 school year) you are invited to submit your Ultimate St. Louis Tourist experience for a chance to win $500! It’s awesome how many attractions the S-T-L offers visitors and residents – any many of them are free! Share with the world what you like to do in the Lou!

Follow these three simple steps: Follow these three simple steps:

  1. Visit at least three St. Louis area attractions,
  2. Tell us about the experience in 500 words or less on this page beginning April 1, 2018 (be creative, energetic and let your civic pride shine)
  3. Share a link to photos or video of your experience (totally optional, but a great idea)

Entries will be accepted from 8 a.m. on April 1, 2018 until midnight, September 3, 2018.

So what’s the prize for being the Ultimate St. Louis Tourist?

A check in the amount of $500 will be awarded to one winner in each of five categories: Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8, Grades 9-10, and Grades 11-12. Plus, the winning entries will be showcased on explorestlouis.com for a full year and featured in Explore St. Louis’ Official Visitors Guide.

 

 

Congratulations to our 2017 Ultimate St. Louis Tourist winners!

Winner 1

Student Name: Madeline Minor
School: Flynn Park Elementary School
Age: 9
Grade: 4
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Winner 2

Student Name: Riley Schwantner
School: Our Lady Queen of Peace
Age: 10
Grade: 5
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Winner 3

Student Name: Valerie Whitlock
School: Parkway Northeast Middle School
Age: 12
Grade: 7
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Winner 4

Student Name: Nicole Pacheco
School: Collinsville High School
Age: 14
Grade: 9
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Winner 5

Student Name: Matthew Fan
School: John Burroughs School
Age: 16
Grade 11
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The Respect Life Apostolate sponsors an annual writing competition for 8th grade students planning to attend a Catholic high school or accredited Catholic home school program.

2018 Contest Information 

Submissions are now being accepted through Friday, Feb. 23, 2018! Click here for official guidelines.

Applications are available from your parish, parish school, or Catholic home school association/co-op and must be submitted through these channels. Or contact the RLA for a copy at prolife@archstl.org or 314-792-7555. 

Finalists, their parents, 8th grade teachers, and principal/religious education director will be invited to the Awards Assembly with the archbishop on Wednesday, April 18

About the Contest 

Students write about the virtue of chastity and how this virtue leads to a healthy and holy life which helps prevent abortion. The RLA feels it is very important for young people to understand this virtue, especially in light of the often casual attitude toward sexual relationships in our society today.

Each year, over 70 schools and PSR programs participate, with more than 1,100 students submitting an entry. Finalists and scholarship winners are honored at a spring awards ceremony with Archbishop Robert Carlson or his representative. 

Scholarship Awards

Scholarships are available to the winning writers:

  • One (1) Bishop Edward J. O'Donnell Scholarship honoring a student from a Catholic elementary school entering a Catholic high school or accedited Catholic home school program.
  • One (1) Mary Forrestal-Hennessey Scholarship awarded to a student who participates in a parish PSR program (including home school students) and is planning to attend a Catholic high school or accredited Catholic home school program.
  • Two (2) Mr. and Mrs. George Kletzker Scholarships awarded to students planning to attend a Catholic high school or accredited Catholic home school program.
  • One (1) Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship awarded a student from a Catholic elementary school, PSR student, or home school student planning to attend a Catholic high school or accredited Catholic home school program.
  • One (1) St. Joseph Evangelization Network Scholarship honor a student from a Catholic elementary school, PSR student, or home school student planning to attend a Catholic high school or accredited Catholic home school program. This award was added in 2017.

The O’Donnell and Forrestal Hennessey scholarships were founded in the 1970s to encourage students to examine the facts regarding abortion and chastity, and especially how these issues impact their own lives. The two Kletzker scholarships, the Knights of Columbus scholarship, and the St. Joseph Evangelization Network scholarship were endowed more recently with the same intention.  

The RLA also selects four to six honorable mention awards. In addition, all scholarship and honorable mention winners and their parents receive three tickets to the annual Respect Life Convention Keynote and Awards banquet.

Questions? Call the Respect Life Apostolate prolife@archstl.org or 314.792.7555.


Past Winners and Essays

2017

  • Bishop Edward J. O'Donnell Scholarship: Nicole Bergen, Holy Spirit Grade School (St. Joseph Academy)
  • Mary Forrestal Hennessey Scholarship: Natalie McDonough, Holy Spirit Academy Home School [St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville] (St. John Paul II Prep)
  • Mr. & Mrs. George Kletzker ScholarshipsGabriel Serri, Immaculate Conception Grade School in Dardenne (St. Dominic High School) and Sarah Hughes, St. Joseph Grade School in Cottleville (St. Joseph Academy)
  • Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship: Noah Apprill-Sokol, St. Gabriel the Archangel Grade School (St. Louis University High School)
  • St. Joseph Evangelization Network Scholarship: James Brunts, Academy of the Sacred Heart [St. Charles Borromeo Parish] (St. Louis University High School)

Honorable Mentions

  • Indira Kar, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Grade School (Cor Jesu Academy)
  • Sarah Keys, St. John Paul II Prep [Mary, Queen of Peace] (St. John Paul II Prep)
  • Dallen Nelsen, Home School [St. Gianna Parish] (Home School)
  • John Niebrugge, Home School [St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish] (Home School)

2016

  • Bishop Edward J. O'Donnell Scholarship: Maria Klassen, St. Joseph Grade School in Cottleville (St. Dominic High School)
  • Mary Forrestal Hennessey Scholarship: Daniel Vaporean, Home School [St. Joseph Parish in Manchester] (Home School)
  • Mr. & Mrs. George Kletzker Scholarships:  Madeline Derleth, St. Joseph Grade School in Cottleville (Barat Academy) and Elle Reardon, St. Clement of Rome (Villa Duchesne)
  • Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship: Eric Meyer, St. Charles Borromeo Grade School (Chaminade College Prep)

Honorable Mentions

  • Brianna Dierks, St. Patrick Grade School in Wentzville (Liberty High School)
  • Taylor Elmore, Home School [St. Bridget of Kildare Parish] (St. Francis Borgia High School)
  • Sara Franke, Queen of All Saints Grade School (Nerinx Hall)
  • Patrick Meehan, Home School [St. Dominic Savio Parish] (Bishop DuBourg)
  • Peter Francis Montgomery, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Home School [St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Parish] (St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Home School)
  • Harrison Petty, St. Clement of Rome Grade School (Saint Louis University High School)

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