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Press Release: DeSales Announces Winners of National Catholic Essay Contest
Date: 5/16/2005


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DeSales Announces Winners of National Catholic Essay Contest

DeSales University has announced the winners of the National Catholic Essay Contest. Sponsored by DeSales, the competition recognized excellence in writing on Catholic thought. The essays were to focus on the theme of the Eucharist and culture, and demonstrate depth and intensity. The contest, held earlier in the year, was open to high school seniors across the country. Deadline for submissions was the end of January 2005.

The winners are: First place, Mark Vidmar, of Baltimore, Md. Vidmar, who attends Mount St. Joseph High School, for his essay, "The Eucharist in a Spiritual but not Religious Age." Vidmar won a $2,500 scholarship to DeSales.

Second place, Marta Adan, of Fords, N.J., from Mother Seton Regional High School, for her essay, "The Eucharist and Culture." Adan earned a $1,500 scholarship.

Third place, Kelly Powers, of Ellicott, Md., who attends Mount de Sales Academy, won a $1,000 scholarship for her essay, "The Meaning of the Eucharist In Our Lives."

In addition to the scholarships, each of the winners were sent a rectangular crystal of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers. The gift, given in honor of their accomplishment, was to be presented to each student by the principal of their respective high schools.

About 20 students from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic areas submitted essays for consideration. The essays were reviewed by philosophy and theology faculty members at the university, using a point system in the areas of scholarly depth, readability, consistency with Catholic thought, strength of thesis throughout the paper, originality, and consistency with contest theme.

Dr. Brian Kane, chairperson in the department of philosophy and theology at DeSales, believes the contest encourages students to delve more deeply into the implications of Catholic thought. Kane plans for the contest to be an annual event.

Designated the Year of the Eucharist by the Catholic Church, the essays were to explore the relationship between the Eucharist and culture, and demonstrate depth and intensity. The styles of the essays were to be either formal or informal, depending on the topic. The papers were to be submitted in English, between 1,500 to 2,000 words, typed, and in 12-point font.

For more information, please contact Dr. Brian Kane, chairperson in the department of philosophy and theology at DeSales University, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1274, or brian.kane@desales.edu


Press Release: DeSales Announces Winners of National Catholic Essay Contest | Posted on: 5/16/2005

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Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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