2013-14 Culture of Life Essay Contest Results

BC and Yukon State Knights of Columbus
2013-2014 Culture of Life
Essay, Poster and Picture Contest Results

The Knights of Columbus in the BC and Yukon State jurisdiction are extremely pleased to announce the winners of the essay, poster and picture contest. All the submissions were very good and it was apparent that the students had put a lot of work, energy and thought into their submissions. A panel of well qualified judges with university level degrees and/or coursework and experience in English composition and Art was convened to assess each category respectively and the following students are the winning applicants in each category. Although some students did not place in the top three spots in their category, their submissions deserved honourable mention and are also indicated in the relevant categories below.

To recap, the 2013 – 2014 Contest asked Catholic students in BC and the Yukon in public, private and parochial schools grades 7 through 12, to submit an original positive themed essay on any facet of the Culture of Life. Students in Grades 4-6 were encouraged to do a positive themed Celebration of Life Poster with a slogan and students in Grades 1-3 were encouraged to do a positive themed Celebration of Life picture.

High School (Grades 10 – 12)
PlacePrizeNameEssay TopicParish
1$200Erika KorompaiStem Cell Research and the Dignity of Human LifeSt Anthony’s of Padua, Vancouver, BC
2$100Mac NowakowskiViva la Vida, An Essay on the Culture of LifeSt. Anthony’s,
West Vancouver, BC


Junior High School (Grades 7 – 9)
PlacePrizeNameEssay TopicParish
1$200Mirella RamsayBeing Pregnant is OkaySt Joseph’s, Salmon Arm, BC
2$100Abigail SpiesWe are In God’s HandsSt Joseph’s, Surrey, BC
3$50Shaeleen MihalynukCulture of Life IssuesSacred Heart, Victoria, BC
Junior High School (Grades 7 – 9) – Honourable Mention
NameEssay TopicParish
Duneesha De SilvaCulture of Life IssuesSt. James, Abbotsford, BC


Intermediate School (Grades 4 – 6)
PlacePrizeNamePoster ThemeParish
1$100Claire BaycroftA Baby is a Little Piece of HeavenOur Lady of the Valley,
Vernon, BC
2$75Caitlin Sankaran-WeeChoose LifeSt. Anthony of Padua, Vancouver, BC
3$50Riana HockridgeCulture of Life, Peace of LoveSt Joseph’s, Victoria, BC
Intermediate School (Grades 4 – 6) – Honourable Mention
NamePoster ThemeParish
Brooklyn RoutleyA Baby is Gift from HeavenOur Lady of the Valley, Vernon, BC
Ailene-Joy DublinCulture of LifeSt. Andrew’s Cathedral, Victoria, BC
Noelle RamsayChoose Life. Pregnancy Can Be Scary, Babies are NotSt. Joseph’s, Salmon Arm, BC


Primary School (Grades 1 – 3)
PlacePrizeNameSubject of PictureParish
1$50Gemma Dumas“Bright Future”, Different panels of life scenesSt. Andrew’s, Victoria, BC
2$25Allan GilliardScenes of Life from NatureSacred Heart,
Prince George, BC
3$15Anushka AblakScenes of Life from Nature

The Contest Committee would like to acknowledge and thank Edward Shawchuk, State Deputy-BC and Yukon State, and his Executive team for their excellent commitment and support to this contest and to all youth programs in BC and the Yukon.

We wish to thank all the students for their well crafted submissions and encourage you all to apply again next year! God Bless!

Dale and Debbie McGregor
Knights of Columbus 2013-2014 Contest Committee
BC and Yukon State Jurisdiction
March 30, 2014