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Essay Contest

Today’s Catholic youth will become the Catholic adults of tomorrow. By their actions and decisions, today’s young Catholics will play a major role in the future direction of the Catholic Church. As Knights, it is our obligation to fight for the Church; it is of paramount importance to strengthen the foundation of Catholic principles and teachings in the hearts and minds of the youth.

The theme of the essay contest is “The Importance of Religious Freedom.” The contest opens the doors of young minds, enabling the entrants to be creative, thoughtful and introspective in their work.

I hope that you have ordered your Essay Kit from the Supreme Council. Since availability of the Essay Kit is from Supreme, you must either order your kits online, by mail, or by phone.

I received my own copy of the Essay Council Kit in the mail this afternoon. I hope that you are receiving your kits as well. This year's theme is the same as 2013-2014. "The Importance of Religious Liberty."Just to let you know that the Essays will be judged on the following: 100 point scoring system: 35 Points for Content; 30 Points for Grammar; and 35 Points for Style.

The Essay Contest is open to all Catholic Students in public, private or parochial schools in grades 8-12 during the current school year. Please thank your students for participating in this year's Knights of Columbus Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest 2015-2016.


Setting up a Council Contest

Essay Contest Information updated For 2017-18

Essay Contest Brochure

Essay Contest Kit Order Form - online Form. Fill out info and Submit.

Essay Contest Entry Form

Previous Winners

2014 Essay Contest Winners
2013 Essay Contest Winners
2012 Essay Contest Winners


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