Poster and Essay contest winners

From left are: Lee Sayago, principal, St. John Paul II Catholic School; winners Andre Villacastin, Dominic Stasio, Kaylie Allen and Darius Edwards; and Jack King, youth director, K of C Council 14485.

The St. Scholastica Knights of Columbus Council 14485 in Lecanto recently held their annual Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest and Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest at Saint John Paul II Catholic School.

The prompt for the contest was “discuss how trusting in God, during a difficult time, has helped you or someone you know find the strength to endure it."

The essay had to be typed, between 500 and 750 words, and the contestant’s own work. This year, the only participants in the essay contest were eighth-graders.

The Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest was open to all students between the ages of 5 and 14. There were three age categories for competition: 5-7, 8-10 and 11-14. This year’s competition only involved the 11-14 age group. The winning poster and essay were sent to the regional and state competitions for judging by the Florida State Knights of Columbus Council. The winners of the State Council’s poster and essay contest will be sent to the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council for an international competition.

The St. Scholastica Knights presented certificates and prizes to the first- and second-place winners of both contests. The first-place winner of the Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest was Kaylie Allen, awarded a $40 gift certificate; and the second-place winner was Andre Villacastin, awarded a $20 gift certificate. 

The first-place winner of the Catholic Citizenship Contest was Darius Edwards, awarded a Kindle e-reader; and the second-place winner was Dominic Stasio, awarded a $30 gift card.

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