Local Students Honored for Essays

The 2018 Knights of Columbus Essay winners, front row from left: Elizabeth Borgert, Martha Donnett, Claire Meyer, Kieran Budke, Henry Elsenpeter. Back row from left: Grand Knight Rob Ogram, Elizabeth Gendreau, Clare Donnett, Hannah Budke, Elias Budke,Jacinta Budke, St Timothy’s Fr. John Meyer. Not pictured are Gianna Riviere and Joseph Warner. (Photo by Charlene Wurm)


There were twelve students from the Maple Lake area recognized for their essays written for the annual Knights of Columbus Catholic Citizenship Essay contest. The awards were presented on Sunday, January 21 at St. Timothy Parish church by Fr. John Meyer and local council Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Rob Ogram. The sixth grade winners, writing on the topic of Pro-Life, were; first place, Kieran Budke; second place, Henry Elsenpeter; third place, Martha Donnett; fourth place, Claire Meyer; fifth place, Joseph Warner. The top three essays have been forwarded to the National Right to Life Pro-Life essay contest for further competition. The 2018 essay topic for the middle school and high school students was, “Going to the Peripheries”, challenging the young writers to highlight a person who exemplifies this quality and how each of us are called by the Gospel message to extend ourselves by bringing the message of God’s love to everyone.

This years winners in the middle school category are; Gianna Riviere, first place; Clare Donnett, second place; Elizabeth Gendreau, third place; Jacinta Budke, fourth place; Elizabeth Borgert, fifth place. The winners in the senior high category were: first place, Hannah Budke; second place was Elias Budke. In addition to their certificates each of the essay winners was presented with a cash prize donated by the Fr.s O’Brien council composed of Catholic gentlemen from St. Timothy parish in Maple Lake and St. Ignatius parish in Annandale. The top three essays have been forwarded to the national Knights of Columbus Citizenship Essay competition.

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