The Responsibility of the Catholic Citizen in a Free Society
The Mount Mercy Council is conducting an essay contest, as part of the Supreme Knights of Columbus Council Essay Contest. The local contest will include prizes as well as sending top essays to the district, and possibly the Supreme Council to compete on the international level.
The theme of the Knights of Columbus Essay Contest is: “The Responsibility of the Catholic Citizen in a Free Society.” The judging criteria and resources available on this page should further illuminate the essay theme.
Knights of Columbus Essay Contest is open to all Catholic students — in
public, private or parochial schools — in grades 8,9,10,11 and 12
during the current school year.
Our council is offering this to students at St. Aloysius, Holy Angels School, Catholic Home
School groups, PITT Academy, and any Catholic child that would
enter within the age groups defined.
Essays will be due to Brother Jay Schmidt at his home address, listed below, with a post mark of Oct 30, 2009. If you have further questions, please contact Jay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judging will take place in early November. Along with the essay, please include the completed Essay Entry Form.
5707 Renada Dr
Crestwood, KY 40014
The Mt. Mercy Council is offering prizes to the local students as follows:
8-9th Grade as Category 1: 1st Place $75, 2nd Place $25 and all participants receive a certificate of completion.
10-12th Grade as Category 2: 1st Place $75, 2nd Place $25 and all participants receive a certificate of completion.
Special Needs 8-12th Grade as Category 3: 1st Place $50, 2nd Place $25 and all participants receive a certificate of completion.
All essays remain the property of the Knights of Columbus. Note the top 3 from each grade will be forwarded onto other completion levels which could result in
more prizes or money,
even if they were not chosen on our level. Perhaps one of the students will be completing on international levels.
are selected by the Mt. Mercy Council Council from participating schools and the council membership. All entries will be judged with the student's name concealed.
Essays will be judged on a 100-point scoring system:
20 points: Overall impression — How well does the essay describe the role of a Catholic citizen in a free society?
30 points: Content — How clearly is the theme presented?
20 points: Grammar — How well is the essay written with respect to sentence structure, paragraph construction and spelling?
30 points: Style — Does the essay show creativity, imagination and development of the topic in a compelling style?
Our attached resources should prove useful for students preparing their essays.
The Resource Page provides a quick overview of starting points with books and links.
The Essay Resource Book compiles several different resources and excerpts of relevant Papal encyclicals.