Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest

2022 Essay Contest Winners

  • 1st Place - Jillian Pulliam

  • 2nd Place - Sophia Bullicer

  • 3rd Place - Marie Combs

1st Place - Jillian Pulliam

FY23 1st Jillian Pullium.pdf

2nd Place - Sophia Bullicer

FY23 2nd Sophia Bullicer.pdf

3rd Place - Marie Combs

FY23 3rd Marie Combs.pdf

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

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