Catholic Textbook Project Announces History Essay Contest Winners, Prizes

Date:    February 1, 2017

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CATHOLIC TEXTBOOK PROJECT ANNOUNCES HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS, PRIZES

blue-ribbonCatholic Textbook Project, the premiere publisher of history and social studies textbooks for Catholic schools, today announced the Catholic student and school winners of its Fall 2016 History Essay Contest.

Students in Catholic schools and home schools, grades 5 through high school, were challenged to submit history essays. Topics varied by grade level. Fifth grade students researched North American history, sixth graders wrote about Catholic missionaries in the world, seventh and eighth grade students choose one historical significant event to explain, and high school students wrote on 2017 historical anniversaries. Winners were chosen among nearly 1,000 entries that poured in from all parts of the United States and even from Canada. Prizes were awarded to both student and school winners.

“We were pleased to receive more than double last year’s entries,” says Michael Van Hecke, M.Ed., president of Catholic Textbook Project. “I am delighted to hear from teachers that this contest continues to be an enriching experience for their students, helping to bring history alive for them. This year, our judges found the high school entries particularly notable for their content and engaging writing style. Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to student and school winners!”

Winners of the Fall 2016 Catholic Textbook Project History Essay Contest, and their Awards, are as follows:

Grade 5 Catholic School Division: Harry Penne from St. Jude Catholic School in Peoria, IL, who wrote about Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.  Penne won $100 for himself and for St. Jude School, a $400 gift certificate for Catholic Textbook Project’s store.

Grade 6 Catholic School Division: Louis Belleville from Holy Family Academy in Manassas, VA,  who wrote on the how the Catholic faith was brought to France.  Belleville won $100 for himself and for Holy Family Academy, a $400 gift certificate for Catholic Textbook Project’s store.

Grade 7/8 Catholic School Division:  Winston Fairchild from Rhodora J. Donahue Academy of Ave Maria in Ave Maria, FL, who wrote on Constantine’s victory at the Milvian Bridge. Fairchild won $150 for himself and for the Academy of Ave Maria, a $400 gift certificate for Catholic Textbook Project’s store.

Catholic High School Division:  Megan Friend from Bethlehem Catholic High School in Bethlehem, PA, who wrote on whether the U.S. involvement in WWI was justified.  Friend won $200 for herself and for Bethlehem Catholic High School, a $400 gift certificate for Catholic Textbook Project’s store.

Grade 5 Catholic Homeschool Division:  Catherine Seguin from Sooke, British Columbia, Canada, who wrote on St. Kateri Tekakwitha. Seguin won $100 and a free Catholic Textbook Project textbook of his choosing.

Grade 6 Catholic Homeschool Division:  Francis Woltering from Marshall, VA, who wrote about how the Catholic faith was brought to China. Woltering won $100 and a free Catholic Textbook Project textbook of his choosing.

Grade 7/8 Catholic Homeschool Division:  Liam Martin from Orrville, OH, who wrote on the historical significance of the Crusades. Martin won $150 and a free Catholic Textbook Project textbook of his choosing.

High School Homeschool Division:  Hannah Elkins, 9th grader from Hillsborough, NC,who wrote on the American involvement in WWI. Elkins won $200 and a free Catholic Textbook Project textbook of her choosing.

Catholic Textbook Project’s History/Social Studies textbook series for grades 5-12 is now used in Catholic schools in more than 60 dioceses nationwide and in pockets of English-speaking schools worldwide.  Development of four additional volumes, suitable for grades 1-4, has begun.

To learn more, go to www.CatholicTextbookProject.com or call 1.888.610.3354.