Sydney Pho of Nashua, NH, an eighth grade student from the Academy of Notre Dame (NDA) was recently honored as a local winner of the Knights of Columbus Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest.
Open to all Catholic students in grades 8 to 12, the Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest is an annual program sponsored by the Knights of Columbus (KofC) . Local KofC councils all over the country invite submissions and choose winners whose essays are then forwarded along for state honors. The goal of the program is to involve young Catholics in public, private, parochial or home schools in civic discourse and instill in them religious and life-affirming values.
Arthur U. Joyal Council 4225 in Dracut sponsored the contest at the Academy of Notre Dame. This year, Stephen Flynn’s eighth grade English class had four participants Pho, Yesenia Collins of Tyngsboro, Meghna Sridhar of Nashua, NH, and Rachel Korwan of Westford.
Pho won first-place in the contest, answering this year’s prompt: “How does your family keep its Catholic Faith in Action?” Collins was awarded with second place. Both girls received Barnes and Noble gift cards; however, Pho’s essay will be furthered in the competition to the state level. Sridhar and Korwan both received certificates of participation.
Jon McLaughlin, member and recorder of the Knights of Columbus Arthur U. Joyal Council 4225, presented the girls with their awards and certificates at the Academy last month. During the presentation, Principal Elizabeth O’Connell expressed her pride in the student’s work. “I am so very proud of the students who participated in the writing contest,” remarked O’Connell. “It is a true testament to an Academy education - an education that balances academic excellence with faith formation and a call to service.”