Members of the junior class were invited to participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal Scholarship Essay Contest this fall. The annual essay contest is a way to engage students in archdiocesan projects and encourage them to reflect on their faith. Students responded to the following prompts in their essays:
· Why is it important for me and all the Catholics of the Archdiocese of St. Louis to come together to participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal?
- What does stewardship mean to me, and how do I practice it in my life?
- How are people in my own community and/or throughout the Archdiocese impacted by the ACA?
A panel of faculty and staff judges reviewed submissions, with the authors kept anonymous, and selected first, second, and third place winners.
Congratulations to De Smet Jesuit’s winning essay writers:
- 1st Place: Mason Schneier - $1000
- 2nd Place: Jack Heit - $750
- 3rd Place: Jack Stanley - $500
Excerpts from their winning essays follow:
Mason Schneier: “That is what stewardship means to me, giving what I can, material or spiritual, so that I can serve others. I may not have the stuff or money to hand out to people in need, but I have God given talents that I can and should use to help solve others’ problems.”
Jack Heit: “. . . participating in the Annual Catholic Appeal can help you strengthen your faith and relationship with God. Making sacrifices to assist the Catholic community can help you straighten your priorities. You can also find a lot of joy in making these sacrifices.”
Jack Stanley: “By saying, ‘Thy Will be Done,’ you are taking an oath, and you should live up to that. Interesting how four words can be so powerful, but to take that in; we ask, what will be done? As Catholics we are a community, and as we come together we become more powerful for the good, to help others and not just ourselves.
Mason, Jack, and Jack will receive their award certificates during a reception with Archbishop Mitchell T. Rozanski on December 7.