Catholic Textbook Project 2018-19 Essay Contest Winners

We are excited to announce the winners for the Catholic Textbook Project’s 2018 History Essay Contest! 

Choosing the best essays is never an easy task for our judges. It often comes down to small details. Besides the usual basics in any good essay (grammar, spelling, punctuation, no plagiarism), the judges check for historical accuracy and whether evidence was presented to back personal opinions. They also like to see writing that is engaging yet explains the topic clearly to the reader – especially important with complex historical matters.

Fifth graders were asked to choose a historical character from North America born before 1950 and write about his or her life and work and why he or she was important to the Church and country. 

Sixth Graders were asked to choose a country that they would like to visit and then research that country’s history and write about two places of historical interest they would like to visit there.

Seventh and Eighth Graders were asked to choose a non-North American historical character who lived between 300 A. D. and 1900 A.D. and relate how that person influenced the time and place in which they lived.

High Schoolers were asked to choose and describe an historical event that occurred between 300 A.D. and 1900 A.D, telling also how it changed history.

Thank you to all who submitted essays! Below are the winners listed by grade and homeschool/Catholic school.

Homeschool Divisions:

5th Grade

Winner: Paola Victoria Castillo from Florida
Topic: Paola chose a character from Mexico for her essay “Juan Diego: Our Lady’s Special Messenger.”  Read essay.

6th Grade

Winner: Faith Maxian from Texas
Topic: Faith chose Italy as her topic. Read essay.

7/8th Grade

Winner: David Zepeda from California  
Topic: David wrote about the Spaniard Diego Luis de San Vitores and his work in Oceania in his essay “Hidden Corners of the World”. Read essay.

High School

Winner: Leila Joy Castillo from Florida 
Topic: Leila chose the founding of a new religious order in the United States for her essay “An Enduring Legacy: The Founding of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph”.  Read essay.

Catholic School Divisions:

5th Grade

Winner: Andrew Jensen from Saint Lawrence Martyr School in Redondo Beach, CA 
Topic: Andrew chose a character from the United States for his essay “Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.”  Read essay.

6th Grade

Winner: Hannah Fernandes from Saint Stephen the Martyr School in Omaha, NE
Topic: Hannah chose India as her topic. Read essay.

7/8th Grade

Winner: Eleanor Rebmann from St. Bede School in Ingleside, IL 
Topic: Eleanor wrote about Queen Nzinga’s role in leading her Angolan people to freedom in her essay “Nzinga, Queen of Ndongo-Matamba”  Read essay.

High School

Winner: Liana Meyer from Immaculata Classical Academy in Louisville, KY 
Topic: Liana wrote about the effects of the bubonic plague on Europe in her essay “The Black Death.”  Read essay.

 

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Catholic Textbook Project 2017 Essay Contest Winners

We are excited to announce the winners for the Catholic Textbook Project’s 2017 History Essay Contest! This year’s submissions came from 55 homeschools and 83 private schools whose essays where marked by exceptional academic quality.

“We were pleased to receive even more entries than last year, with 70 new schools submitting essays. 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. Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to student and school winners!”
 — Michael Van Hecke, M.Ed., President of Catholic Textbook Project

Below are the winners listed by grade and homeschool/Catholic school.

Homeschool Divisions:

5th Grade

Winner: Justin King from Huntersville, NC
Topic: Justin wrote about St. Junipero Serra. Read essay.

6th Grade

Winner: Gus Schmiesing from Sidney, OH
Topic: Gus wrote about why he would like to visit Poland. Read essay.

7/8th Grade

Winner: Ellen Foreman from San Antonio, TX
Topic: Ellen wrote about St. Joan of Arc. Read essay.

High School

Winner: Liam Martin from Orrville, OH
Topic: Liam wrote about the Thirty Years War. Read essay.

Catholic School Divisions:

5th Grade

Winner: Tonino Marchetti from Regina Pacis Academy in Norwalk, CT.
Topic: Tonino wrote about St. Isaac Jogues. Read essay.

6th Grade

Winner: Maximilian Trossen from Padre Pio Academy in Shawnee, KS
Topic: Maximillian wrote about why he would like to visit France. Read essay.

7/8th Grade

Winner: Natalie Marie Stuart from Regina Coeli Academy in Abington, PA.
Topic: Natalie wrote about Machiavelli and atheistic humanism. Read essay.

High School

Winner: Julia Wilson from Chaminade Preparatory High School in West Hills, CA.
Topic: Julia wrote about the effect of WWI on the culture of the U.S. Read essay.

 

Interested in participating in next year’s essay contest? Click here to sign up for our email list and stay up to date with CTP and our competitions!



1-Essay-PromoCatholic Textbook Project’s president, Michael Van Hecke, M.Ed., today announced the official launch of the company’s annual History Essay Contest for Catholic students in Grades 5 through 12. Submission deadline is Friday, November 17, 2017.  Winners will be announced during Catholic Schools Week in early 2018.  Interested teachers may obtain contest rules and classroom posters at here:  www.CatholicTextbookProject.com/essay-contest



2018 Essay Writing Contest

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Catholic school students in grades 5 – 12 are invited to enter our annual essay contest! The contest is open to all students in Catholic schools – parochial, private and homeschool. We hope teachers and parents will incorporate this essay contest into their lesson plans and encourage their students to participate!

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Read Winning Essays Here

We are so proud of all who participated in Catholic Textbook Project’s Fall 2016 History Essay Contest!  This year’s winning essays are now posted. 

Please click on the names below to read an essay.

Winners of the Fall 2016 Catholic Textbook Project History Essay Contest: