Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest


About the contest

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 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.

Council 12708 has decided to limit participation in this contest to 8th graders at Ss Simon and Jude Cathedral School.


  • 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.

  • 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.

Full details for this contest as mandated by the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council can be found at

How to submit

Essays must be accompanied by an signed entry form.

Essays must be submitted to the Contest Chairperson no later than midnight on Thursday, October 7, 2020.

Essays should be submitted to Mrs. Fischetti at SSJ.

Contest Chairperson

Chris Buehnerkemper - 707-347-3549 -

2020-2021 Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest Theme:

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, discuss how trusting in God during a difficult time has helped you or someone you know find the strength and hope to endure it. Consider especially those times when it was a challenge to understand why something was happening. Consider also sharing any lessons about faith and hope you or someone you know may have learned from this experience.

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8).



Judges (three or more) will be selected by the sponsoring Knights of Columbus council. Council members, teachers, clergy, civil officials and/or members of the community may serve as judges.


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?



1st Place - $25

2019 Essay Contest Winners

8th Grade

  • 1st Place - Carla Bueno

  • 2nd Place - Lourdes Lauterborn

  • 3rd Place - Alejandra Jaramillo