St. Sebastian seventh-grader Nora DeKemper has been selected as the winner of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 14255’s fourth annual Pro-Life Essay Contest held in January to coincide with the March for Life and local pro-life events.
Seventh-grade students from St. Sebastian School were asked write an essay or poem to reflect the general theme of respecting life, including thoughts on abortion, euthanasia and the role the Catholic Church plays in promoting a culture of life. A Knights Council committee reviewed the entries from selected finalists, and Trustee Ted Varga announced the winner Jan. 29.
Shown above right, from left, are the Rev. Peter Kovacina, Deacon Terry Peacock, Nora, School Principal Sandie Isabella and Varga. Former Grand Knight Jeff Davis also was in attendance.
Nora received a $100 gift card to Barnes and Noble and her poem was published in the church bulletin.
We are especially grateful to teacher Miss Sally Weakland who worked with the students directly to assist with the contest. We are very proud of our students who took the time to write. All of the essays and poems were very thoughtful. It is obvious that they understand what is means to be pro-life. The Knights plan to have the contest again next year.