D'Agostino Third in National Essay Contest

News Date : 02/27/2017

Saint Thomas Academy Freshman Places Third in National Essay Contest

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., Feb. 27, 2017 – Saint Thomas Academy freshman Joe D’Agostino of Woodbury placed third among high school students from across the country in the 28th annual Maryknoll Student Essay Contest, hosted by Maryknoll magazine.

D’Agostino received a cash prize for his essay addressing the contest theme, "Caring for Our Common Home," which is a reference to Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si'" in which he calls on all people to respect and to stop exploiting the world and its limited and diminishing resources. Contest entrants were asked to explain the importance of heeding the pope's call and to provide at least two examples of students, or others, engaged in activities that respect the earth.

The contest received 7,261 entries from students who competed in two divisions (grades six to eight and grades nine to 12) for nearly $3,000 in cash prizes. The awards included $1,000 for each of the two first-place finalists, $300 for each of the two second-place finalists and $150 for each of the two third-place award recipients.

The contest was judged by a panel of more than 50 Maryknoll missioners.

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