Patriotic Prose

The Knights of Columbus Assembly 1162, a fraternal Catholic organization with a mission of furthering Catholic identity and serving our local community, held their first annual Patriotic Essay Contest for Catholic schools in our region in recognition of Veterans Day. This contest was open to Eighth Grade students regardless of religious affiliation. The students were asked to write a patriotic themed essay of up to 500 words addressing a difficult theme – how devout Catholics could find it in themselves to participate in war. A heavy concept, especially for our young students, but they did not disappoint.
The representation from Saint Patrick was robust and far exceeded other Catholic schools in our region. The Assembly gathered a team of Knights to read and score the essays. Daniel Doyle and John Fitzgibbons from Knights of Columbus Assembly 1162 announced the winning essays during Assembly on Monday, December 13. Eighth Grade student Alexis Sousa-Poza received top honors. In her essay entitled "War of Intentions and Faith" she stated, “Soldiers who lead a life of faith ahead of the conviction to serve their country are not only serving their country but following in God’s footsteps by doing so.” The top three essay writers received a gift card along with a certificate of recognition.