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2017-2018 High School Essay Contest

The Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture at the University of Portland is pleased to announce the award recipients of the 2017-2018 Garaventa Center High School Essay Contest.

The topic of this year’s essay was “Notes to My 12-Year-Old Self.”

Congratulations to the top winners:

Katherine Bloch, “Define Me?” St. Mary’s Academy (OR)
Celeste Davis, “He Sends Forth the Springs in the Valleys; They Flow Between the Mountains” Tri-Cities Prep (WA)

Congratulations to those receiving honorable mentions:

Madeleine Adriance, “Piece by Piece” St. Mary’s Academy (OR)
Hannah Monti, “Five Thoughts in Five Years” Bishop Kelly High School (ID)
Abby Place, “Gain the Whole World” St Mary’s Academy (OR)

Click essay titles to read the winning entries. Click here for links to podcasts.

To all the faculty and counselors who help support this annual contest, please accept our sincere appreciation. We received many fine submissions from juniors at Catholic high schools all along the West Coast. Essays are judged anonymously, without names or school affiliations. Information regarding next year’s essay competition will be posted in October 2018.

Again, congratulations to the winners of the 2017-2018 Garaventa Center High School Essay Contest!