DeSales University Announces Winners of National Catholic Essay Contest
DeSales University has announced the winners of the second annual National Catholic Essay Contest. Sponsored by DeSales, the competition recognizes excellence in writing by young people that shares the distinctiveness of Catholic thought. The theme of this year's competition was art and culture. The contest, held earlier in the year, was open to high school seniors across the country.
Students were required to interpret the place of art in popular culture, using a quote by Pope John Paul II from his Letter to Artists on Easter Sunday, 1999. The essays had to reflect the student's individual voice. The papers were to be submitted in English and between 1,500 to 2,000 words, typed, and in 12-point font.
The winners are:
- First place, Theresa Henry, of Easton, Pa., who attends Notre Dame High School, for her essay, "The Human Tapestry." Henry won a $2,500 scholarship to DeSales.
- Second place winner, Chelsea Ellison, of Chadds Ford, Pa., who attends Kennett High School, for her essay, "The Essence of Literary Art Inspired by God." Ellison won a $1,500 scholarship to DeSales.
- Third place winner, Lauren Escol, of Catonsville, Md. Escol, who attends Mount de Sales High School, for her untitled work. Escol won a $1,000 scholarship to DeSales.
About 20 students submitted essays, with the majority from the Mid Atlantic region, with a few from the West Coast and Midwest. 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 the theme.
Dr. Brian Kane, chairperson in the department of philosophy and theology at DeSales, believes the contest encourages students to explore more deeply into the implications of Catholic thought. The essay contest was formed last year, and is planned to be an annual event.
DeSales University, in Center Valley, Pa., is a private, coeducational, four-year Catholic liberal arts university. Founded by the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales in 1965, the 350-acre suburban campus is located 50 miles north of Philadelphia and about 90 miles south of New York City. A total enrollment for 2005 - 2006 of nearly 3,000 includes undergraduate day and evening students, and graduate students. In addition to a variety of degree and professional programs in different disciplines, the university offers the ACCESS Program, the region's leading accelerated degree program for adults.
Press Release: DeSales University Announces Winners of National Catholic Essay Contest | Posted on: 4/26/2006
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