(February 25, 2009) - DeSales University has announced the winners of the fifth annual National Catholic Essay Contest. Sponsored by DeSales, the competition recognizes excellence in writing by young people that share the distinctiveness of Catholic thought. The contest, held earlier in the year, was open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors across the country.
A different theme is announced each year and students are invited to submit essays on that particular theme. Essays should be 1,500 to 2,000 words in length and must reflect the student's individual voice and interpretations of additional sources.
"In his work, St. Francis de Sales embodied the ideal that every person, lay or religious, could be spiritual in their daily life," said Dr. Brian Kane, the Fr. John F. Harvey, OSFS, Professor of Moral Theology and chairperson of the department of philosophy and theology at DeSales. "As the patron saint of writers, St. Francis de Sales encouraged everyone to find the essence of Christian love in their everyday activities."
Andrew David King, from Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, Calif., has been awarded First Place for his essay, "Principles and Practice: The Dilemma of Faith Versus Politics," which was judged to be the best essay from all of those submitted. King won a $2,500 scholarship to DeSales.
David Rainwater, of Stockton, Calif., was awarded Second Place for his essay, ""Faithful Catholic Citizenship." Rainwater won a $1,500 scholarship to DeSales.
Kathryn Stimpfle, of Quakertown, Pa., was awarded Third Place for her essay, "Becoming God's Good and Faithful Servants." Stimpfle also won a $1,500 scholarship to DeSales.
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 450-acre suburban campus is local 50 miles north of Philadelphia about 90 miles south of New York City. 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.
For more information on the National Catholic Essay Contest, contact Dr. Brian Kane, the Fr. John F. Harvey, OSFS, Professor of Moral Theology and chairperson of the DeSales University Department of Theology and Philosophy, at 610-282-1100 ext. 1274.
Press Release: DeSales Announces Winners of Fifth Annual National Catholic Essay Contest | Posted on: 2/25/2009
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu