2021-22 High School Essay Contest Winners

The Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture at the University of Portland is pleased to announce the award recipients of the 2021-2022 Garaventa Center High School Essay Contest.

The essay prompt was: What would-could-should happen if my cellphone broke and was out of service for a month?

Congratulations to the top winners:

Reid Whitmore, “Red, Orange, and Yellow Memories” Seton Catholic College Prep (WA). 
Olivia Amato, “Look At Me” Tri-Cities Prep (WA). 

Congratulations to those receiving honorable mentions:

Roxanne Alloway, “New Year, New Me Jesuit High School (OR)
Anais Diaz, “Night Sissy, Love U” Tri-Cities Prep (WA)
Elisabeth Fromwiller, “The Me Behind the Phone” Blanchet Catholic High School (OR)

Click on the titles to read the winning essays.

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 the Fall of 2022.

Again, congratulations to the winners of the 2021-2022 Garaventa Center High School Essay Contest!