Knights of Columbus Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest

The theme for this year’s contest is:

Discuss how trusting in God during a difficult time has helped you or someone you know find the strength and hope to endure it.

Consider especially those times when it was a challenge to understand why something was happening.

Consider also sharing any lessons about faith and hope you or someone you know may have learned from this experience.


  • The contest is open to students in 8th through 12th grades.
  • Essays must reflect the assigned theme and be the student’s original work.
  • Essays must be typed and be between 500 and 750 words in length.
  • The student’s name should appear only on the official Catholic Citizenship essay Contest entry form, which must be stapled to the essay. Entry forms can be download from here. The Council number is 12164.
  • All entries become the property of the Knights of Columbus and will not be returned.

Essays will be judged on a 100-point scoring system:

35 points: Content – How clearly is the theme presented?

30 points: Grammar – Does the essay reflect proper sentence and paragraph structure and utilize correct spelling?

35 points: Style – Does the essay show creativity, imagination, and development of the topic in a compelling style?

There will be cash prizes for the top three essays. Contestants will need to submit their 500-750 word typed essays and an entry form to the Knights mailbox at the St. Bernadette parish office or via e-mail by All Saint’s Day, Sunday November 1, 2020.

Council winners will be announced by Thanksgiving.