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Two Juniors Receive Awards for John Carroll Society Essay Contest

Junior Elizabeth Kolesar received first prize for her essay, "Young People and the Church," from the John Carroll Society Margaret Mary Missar High School Essay Competition; Hattie Leasure '23 received an honorable mention from the Society for her submission.

According to the John Carroll Society's website, "Since 1997, the John Carroll Society has offered scholarships to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors attending the Catholic high schools of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. The Society bases the awards on essays submitted by students and written on topics identified by the Society to encourage students to reflect more deeply on their faith.

The Society awards a scholarship of $1,000 in memory of Margaret Mary Missar for the author of the first-place essay; a scholarship of $500 for the author of the second-place essay; scholarships of $250 each for the authors of two third-place essays; and scholarships of $100 each for authors of up to five essays that receive honorable mention. The Society invites the first-place winner and his or her family to receive the award at the Society's annual dinner and submits the essay for publication in the Catholic Standard.

According to the Catholic Standard, "In [Kolesar's] essay she wrote, ' … Catholics of all ages may believe that the Church must modify its beliefs in order to attract younger generations and gain the approval of modern-day society. However, rather than preaching societal norms, the Church must resolutely maintain its over 2,000 year-old message of truth. By doing so, it will attract young people who posses a deep, authentic love of Catholicism and who use their gifts for the good of the Church.'" 

Kolesar and her family attended the dinner on April 29. She told the Catholic Standard, "“It’s really important to know your faith and understand it."