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.

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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:

2018 Essay Writing Contest



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!


Read Winning Essays Here

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Please click on the names below to read an essay.

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

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