Essay Contest


Our next annual essay contest will be held in January 2020! All Catholic students grades 5-12 are invited to participate, whether they are private, parochial, or homeschool students. Each grade will be given a different historical topic to explore. Topics and deadlines will be announced in January/February. Last year's topics were as follows:

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 a historical event that occurred between 300 A.D. and 1900 A.D., telling also how it changed history.

See below for last year's winners.

Homeschool Divisions:

5th Grade:

Paola Victoria Castillo, Florida

Topic: Juan Diego: Our Lady’s Special Messenger

6th Grade:

Faith Maxian, Texas

Topic: Italy

7-8 Grade:

David Zepeda, California

Topic: Hidden Corners of the World

High School:

Leila Joy Castillo, Florida

Topic: An Enduring Legacy: The Founding of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph

Catholic School Divisions:

5th Grade:

Andrew Jensen, California

School: Saint Lawrence Martyr

Topic: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

6th Grade:

Hannah Fernandes, Nebraska

School: Saint Stephen the Martyr

Topic: India

7-8 Grade:

Eleanor Rebmann, Illinois

School: St. Bede

Topic: Nzinga, Queen of Ndongo-Matamba

High School:

Liana Meyer, Kentucky

School: Immaculata Classical Academy

Topic: The Black Death