Essay Contest


Thank you to all of those who participated in our annual history essay contest! This year’s topics were as follows:

Fourth graders were asked to write about one of the following topics: 1.) Their state’s history, including the history of the Catholic Church in their state. 2.) An important person to the history of their state, or 3.) An important historical site in their state.

Fifth graders were asked to write about one of the following topics: 1.) A historical character born before 1950 from North America who made an impact on the Church and country, or 2.) A historical site in North America that they have visited and why it is historically important.

Sixth graders were asked to choose a country they would like to visit, research the country’s history, and write about two places of historical interest that they would like to visit and why.

Seventh and eighth graders were asked to choose a non-North American historical character who lived between 300 A.D. – 2000 A.D. and relate how that person influenced the time and place in which they lived.

High schoolers were asked to describe an important historical event, the key players, its outcome, and how it changed history.


Homeschool Divisions:

4th Grade:

Mariko Ito, Pennsylvania

Topic: The Valley that Changed the World

5th Grade:

Emry Brandon, Nebraska

Topic: The Castle of St. Mark

6th Grade:

Veronica Palm, Kentucky

Topic: St. Sophia Cathedral

7-8 Grade:

John Vanchura, Michigan

Topic: Pope St. Leo the Great

High School:

Douglas Palm, Kentucky

Topic: The Battle of Zenta

Honorable Mention:

Laura Tra, Kansas

Topic: St. Catherine of Siena

Catholic School Divisions:

4th Grade:

Declan Panlilio, California

School: St. Basil's School 

Topic: Larry Itliong

5th Grade:

Madeleine Wade, Texas

School: St. Mary's Cathedral School

Topic: Charles Carroll of Carrollton

6th Grade:

Gloria Jasso, Florida

School: Rhodora J. Donahue Academy

Topic: Newgrange

7-8 Grade:

Isabella Tesfaye, Virginia

School: Angelus Academy

Topic: Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia 

High School:

Ashlyn Miller, Texas

School: Frassati Catholic High School

Topic: The Legacy of Lepanto 

Honorable Mention:

Annika Allan, Florida

School: Donahue Academy

Topic: Plato's Influence in the Modern World Through Geometry