Thank you to all the students who participated in this year’s contest. The judges always learn something new from the essays and enjoy the youthful enthusiasm poured into them. Here are the winners:
Winners of the Second Annual Catholic Textbook Project History Essay Contest, and their Awards:
- Grade 5/6 Catholic School Division: Ellen Menke from St. Agnes School in St. Paul, MN
The subject for this division had to be a historical character from North America. Ellen chose Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio, the 14 year-old Mexican martyr in the Cristero Revolution, whose torture and death inspired his countrymen to keep fighting for their Catholic rights against an oppressive government.
Award: Ellen Menke won $100 and St Agnes School will receive a $400 gift certificate for the school’s choice among Catholic Textbook Project’s history textbooks, teacher manuals and workbooks.
- Grade 7/8 Catholic School Division: Maria Middleton from Regina Academy at St. John the Baptist in Ottsville, PA
Students in this division were asked chose someone outside of North America. Maria wrote on Pope St. John Paul the Great, whose strong leadership and joyful spirit brought hope to the world, especially those under Communist rule.
Award: Maria Middleton won $150 and Regina Academy will receive a $400 gift certificate for the school’s choice among Catholic Textbook Project’s history textbooks, teacher manuals and workbooks.
- Catholic High School Division: Paul Burslem from Regina Mater School in Austin, TX
Students in this new division could chose one of three topics. Paul chose to elaborate on historian Christopher Dawson’s quote, “You can give men food and leisure and amusements and conditions of work, and still they will remain unsatisfied. You can deny them all these things, and they will not complain so long as they feel that they have something to die for.” Paul used examples from history in his essay entitled, “A Satisfactory Life.”
Award: Paul Burslem won $200 and Regina Mater School will receive a $400 gift certificate for the school’s choice among Catholic Textbook Project’s history textbooks, teacher manuals and workbooks.
- Grade 5/6 Catholic Homeschool Division: James Menges from Wichita, KS
The North American character James chose was St. John Neumann, who as archbishop of Philadelphia founded the first diocesan school system and established the 40-hour Eucharistic devotion in America.
Award: James Menges will receive $100 and a free Catholic Textbook Project textbook of his choice.
- Grade 7/8 Catholic Homeschool Division: Winona Born from West Victoria, Australia
Winona’s non North-American subject was Servant of God Paul Xu Guangqi, a 15th century Chinese convert and scholar who, among his many accomplishments, improved the lives of his countrymen through new agricultural techniques and defended the Jesuit missionaries.
Award: Winona Born will receive $150 and a free Catholic Textbook Project textbook of her choice.
- High School Homeschool Division: Kristopher Stickney from Apex, NC
Kristopher also chose the Dawson quote as the subject for his essay, entitled “The Pleasure of No Pleasure.”
Award: Kristopher Stickney will receive $200 and a free Catholic Textbook Project textbook of his choice.