All Catholic students in grades eight through 12 are invited to participate the 2012-13 Knights of Columbus essay contest. The contest is sponsored locally by Our Lady of Batavia Council 11728.
The topic of the 500-750 word essay this year is "The Responsibility of the Catholic Citizen in a Free Society." Applications for the contest are available from the various church religious education directors and the Catholic schools in Genesee County.
The essay deadline is Dec. 17.
Judging is based on grammar, contest and creative writing. The winning essays in the local contest will be sent on to be judged at the New York State and National contest. Monetary awards are presented to the winners of local as well as National levels.
The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with more than 1.8 million members in over 14,000 local councils. In 2011, Knights donated more than 70 million volunteer hours and $154 million to charitable and benevolent causes sponsoring projects to benefit their church, communities, culture of life, families and young people.
For additional information on the contest or joining the K of C contact the Grand Knight of Council 11728, Bernard Hoerbelt at (585) 343-9122.