Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest


About the contest

In an essay of 500- 750 words, explain how young Catholics can evangelize our faith to families and friends who have turned away from religion and encourage them to return to the Church and embrace the sacraments. 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 TBD.

Essays should be submitted to Mrs. Fischetti at SSJ.

Contest Chairperson

Chris Buehnerkemper - 707-347-3549 -



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

2022 Essay Contest Winners

  • Could be YOU!

2021 Essay Contest Winners

  • 1st Place - Gabriela Flores

2020 Essay Contest Winners

  • 1st Place - Camila Paz Gil

2019 Essay Contest Winners

  • 1st Place - Carla Bueno

  • 2nd Place - Lourdes Lauterborn

  • 3rd Place - Alejandra Jaramillo