Annual 8th Grade Creative Writing Contest

 

8th Grade Creative Writing Contest

The RLA sponsors an annual writing competition for 8th grade students planning to attend a Catholic high school or accredited Catholic home school program. Scholarships are available to the winning writers:

  • One (1) Bishop Edward J. O'Donnell Scholarship honoring a student from a Catholic elementary school entering a Catholic high school or accedited Catholic home school program.
  • One (1) Mary Forrestal-Hennessey Scholarship awarded to a student who participates in a parish PSR program (including home school students) and is planning to attend a Catholic high school or accredited Catholic home school program.
  • Two (2) Mr. and Mrs. George Kletzker Scholarships awarded to students planning to attend a Catholic high school or accredited Catholic home school program.
  • One (1) Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship awarded a student from a Catholic elementary school, PSR student, or home school student planning to attend a Catholic high school or accredited Catholic home school program.
  • One (1) St. Joseph Evangelization Network Scholarship honor a student from a Catholic elementary school, PSR student, or home school student planning to attend a Catholic high school or accredited Catholic home school program. This award was added in 2017.

The O’Donnell and Forrestal Hennessey scholarships were founded in the 1970s to encourage students to examine the facts regarding abortion and chastity, and especially how these issues impact their own lives. The two Kletzker scholarships, the Knights of Columbus scholarship, and the St. Joseph Evangelization Network scholarship were endowed more recently with the same intention.  

2014 Creative Writing Contest FinalistsStudents write about the virtue of chastity and how this virtue relates to abortion. The RLA feels it is very important for young people to understand this virtue, especially in light of the often casual attitude toward sexual relationships in our society today.

Over 70 schools and PSR programs participate, with more than 1,000 students submitting an entry. Finalists and scholarship winners are honored at a spring awards ceremony. 

Information and applications for the 2018 Creative Writing Contest will be available in late fall of 2017. Contact the Respect Life Apostolate at 314.792.7555 for more details.

2017 Creative Writing Contest Winners

  • Bishop Edward J. O'Donnell Scholarship: Nicole Bergen, Holy Spirit Grade School (St. Joseph Academy)
  • Mary Forrestal Hennessey Scholarship: Natalie McDonough, Holy Spirit Academy Home School [St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville] (St. John Paul II Prep)
  • Mr. & Mrs. George Kletzker ScholarshipsGabriel Serri, Immaculate Conception Grade School in Dardenne (St. Dominic High School) and Sarah Hughes, St. Joseph Grade School in Cottleville (St. Joseph Academy)
  • Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship: Noah Apprill-Sokol, St. Gabriel the Archangel Grade School (St. Louis University High School)
  • St. Joseph Evangelization Network Scholarship: James Brunts, Academy of the Sacred Heart [St. Charles Borromeo Parish] (St. Louis University High School)
  • Honorable Mention Winners:
    • Indira Kar, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Grade School (Cor Jesu Academy)
    • Sarah Keys, St. John Paul II Prep [Mary, Queen of Peace] (St. John Paul II Prep)
    • Dallen Nelsen, Home School [St. Gianna Parish] (Home School)
    • John Niebrugge, Home School [St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish] (Home School)



Past Winners and Essays

2016

  • Bishop Edward J. O'Donnell Scholarship: Maria Klassen, St. Joseph Grade School in Cottleville (St. Dominic High School)
  • Mary Forrestal Hennessey Scholarship: Daniel Vaporean, Home School [St. Joseph Parish in Manchester] (Home School)
  • Mr. & Mrs. George Kletzker Scholarships:  Madeline Derleth, St. Joseph Grade School in Cottleville (Barat Academy) and Elle Reardon, St. Clement of Rome (Villa Duchesne)
  • Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship: Eric Meyer, St. Charles Borromeo Grade School (Chaminade College Prep)

Honorable Mention

  • Brianna Dierks, St. Patrick Grade School in Wentzville (Liberty High School)
  • Taylor Elmore, Home School [St. Bridget of Kildare Parish] (St. Francis Borgia High School)
  • Sara Franke, Queen of All Saints Grade School (Nerinx Hall)
  • Patrick Meehan, Home School [St. Dominic Savio Parish] (Bishop DuBourg)
  • Peter Francis Montgomery, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Home School [St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Parish] (St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Home School)
  • Harrison Petty, St. Clement of Rome Grade School (Saint Louis University High School)



2015

  • Bishop Edward O'Donnell Scholarship: Moira Healy, St. Francis of Assisi Grade School (Notre Dame High School)
  • Mary Forrestal Hennessy Scholarship: Caroline Cross, St. Gerard Majella PSR (Cor Jesu Academy)
  • Mr. & Mrs. George Kletzker Scholarship: Andrew Chapman, St. Joseph Grade School in Imperial (St. John Vianney High School) and Grace Hughes, Holy Infant Grade School (Cor Jesu Academy)
  • Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship: Anthony AngerSt. Rose Philippine Duchesne Grade School (Trinity Catholic High School)

Honorable Mention

  • Kathryn Echele, Sacred Heart-Valley Park (Cor Jesu Academy)
  • Grace Koeller, Holy Cross Academy [Seven Holy Founders Parsih] (St. Dominic High School)
  • McKinleigh Nelsen, Homeschool [St. Gianna Parish] (St. John Paul II Prep)
  • Cooper Ruhl, Most Sacred Heart-Eureka (Eureka High School)
  • Gianna Zuniga, St. John Paul II Prep [Ascension Parish] (St. John Paul II Prep)