Maryknoll Magazine Announces 2018 Student Essay Winners

Maryknoll Essay Contest 2018 “Love in Action”

Six middle and high school students representing Ohio, Connecticut, Oklahoma, New Mexico, New York and Illinois have received cash awards for their winning submission in Maryknoll magazine’s 30th annual Maryknoll Student Essay Contest.

The 2018 essay theme, “Love in Action” referenced Pope Francis’ letter, Rejoice and Be Glad, reminding us “We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love.” That, he says, does not require extraordinary deeds but everyday acts of kindness.

For their essays, the students were asked to tell a true story of when they saw someone sharing God’s love through an act of kindness and how it inspired them to act in a similar way. Nearly 2,000 entries from students in grades six through 12 were received, and prizes are divided between two divisions.

The essays written by the first-place winners in each division will be published in the May/June 2019 issue of Maryknoll magazine. All winning entries will be published online at

The 2018 Maryknoll Student Essay Contest Awards will be presented to:

Division I (grades six to eight):

First Place ($1,000): The Bishop Francis X. Ford Award is named in honor of the Maryknoll missioner who died in a prison in China during 1952.
Harmony Jenkins (Grade 8), Holy Ghost Catholic School, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Teacher/Catechist: Carrie Grajeda

Second Place ($300):
Seth Gibbons (Grade 7), St. Joseph Religious Education, New Paltz, New York, Teacher/Catechist: Sister Philomena Fleck, OSB

Third Place ($150):
Ian Roskuszka (Grade 7), Annunciation BVM Catholic School, Aurora, Illinois, Teacher/Catechist: Susan Mazur

Division II (grades nine to 12):

First Place ($1,000): The Bishop Patrick J. Byrne Award is named for the Maryknoll missioner who died on a forced march in Korea during 1950.
Heidi Maier (Grade 12), Beachwood High School, Beachwood, Ohio, Teacher/Catechist: Pamela Ogilvy

Second Place ($300):
Julia Chomowicz (Grade 12), Stonington High School, Pawcatuck, Connecticut, Teacher/Catechist: Melissa Kwan

Third Place ($150):
Cameron Fisher (Grade 12), Jenks High School, Jenks, Oklahoma, Teacher/Catechist: Amy Greenhaw

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