The Knights of Columbus Essay Contest is an opportunity for Middle and High School students to think about their faith and use their creative writing to express their thoughts. The program is open for Boys and Girls in grades 8th - 12th.
The topics for the Essay Contest are always related to Catholic Faith, to Catholic Life, and to current events related to the clash of current culture and religion. This year's topic is "THE IMPORTANCE OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM." This is a great topic that in these times in which our faith is being challenged.
All you need to hold an event is a team willing to read and grade the Essays submitted by students. You can work in combination with a Catholic School, a Religious Education program in your local parish, a Squires Circle.
1) Order your materials from the Supreme Council by filling out the Supreme Essay Order Form.
2) If several councils in your District are participating, find some people to judge for your District Essay Contest. District winners go directly to State. Check the Essay Contest Schedules by checking this site's Calendar of Events (and search for essay) or the Essay Contest District Schedule. This way you can plan your Council Competitions. State winners are due in Supreme by April 15.
3) When you have completed your local competition, make sure to submit the Supreme Essay Participation Form As with all forms, send a copy to your District Deputy and another to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4) Other forms to be sent depending on the Competition level. Send all these to the Youth Director for the Iowa Knights of Columbus:
For more details specific details visit the Knights of Columbus Essay Competition at the Supreme Council website.
Want more info? Your State Youth Director will be happy to clarify any questions you may have.