Knights of Columbus Essay Contest 2018 Edition

Essay Winners: (L-R) Fr. Kevin Finnegan (Our Lady of Grace Pastor), Kate Norman (1st Place- $100), Penelope Casper (2nd Place- $50),
Brad Riebel (Marian Council Grand Knight), Claire Solnitzky (Our Lady of Grace Teacher)

Kate Norman was named local champion of the 2018 Knights of Columbus Essay Contest. The Bloomington Richfield Knights of Columbus Marian Council #3827 sponsored the contest for students in 8th grade at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School in Edina. Each contestant wrote their essay on the theme of “Going to the Peripheries”.

The goal of the Knights of Columbus Essay Contest is to give students the opportunity to define the role of a Catholic citizen in a free society, and to strengthen the bond between the Knights of Columbus and their local schools.

Kate was awarded a $100 cash prize along with her championship certificate. Her essay will now be entered in state competition. Penelope Casper received the $50 Runner-up award. Both winners were recognized on February 21st at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School. Father Kevin Finnegan – Our Lady of Grace Pastor, and Brad Riebel – Marian Council Grand Knight, conducted the awards ceremony.

Participants: Seven 8th grade students from Our Lady of Grace Catholic School(L-R) Fr. Kevin, Kate Norman, Elizabeth Dietzen, Ashlyn Hohmann, Mary Zovoral, Nicole Doering, Penelope Casper, Brad Riebel, Claire Solnitzky. Not pictured: Nick Graczyk