2018 Vocation essayists recognized

Originally Appeared in : 9903-1/31/19

Students in the seventh grade in south Georgia were asked to reflect on the lives of the Georgia Martyrs as examples of pursuing a faithful vocation in the 2018 Vocations Essay Contest.


The question presented to the 7th graders this year was “How have the lives of the Georgia Martyrs inspired you to go on mission to spread the Catholic Faith to others in our Diocese of Savannah — as a priest, religious or lay person?” 


The students were asked to watch the Georgia Martyrs video (see bit.ly/MartyrsVideo) available on the diocesan website before answering the question. A total of 89 essays were submitted, 72 from the Catholic Schools and 17 from parish Faith Formation Programs.


Members form the vocations ministry in Augusta, Savannah and Southern Cross staff members participated in the judging on January 12 at Saint Mary on the Hill, Augusta.


The judges watched the video before reading the submissions to have an idea of what the 7th graders were responding to in their essays. The first round consisted of judging the Catholic school essays.


Members read through all of the submissions and gave them scores from 0-5. 


After reading the essays the top three from each category were selected for monetary prizes, as well as honorable mentions as follows:


Catholic Schools:
- 1st place - Emma Fallon, St. James School (Savannah), $250
- 2nd place - Abby Brown, St. James School (Savannah), $125
- 3rd place - Emile Hall, St. James School (Savannah), $75
- Honorable Mention - Sean Brown, St. Anne-Pacelli School (Columbus)
Faith Formation Programs:
- 1st place - Catherine Ellison, St. Anne Parish (Columbus), $250
- 2nd place - Olivia Caravella, St. Anne Parish (Richmond Hill), $125
- 3rd place - Grace Sullivan, St. Anne Parish (Richmond Hill), $75
- Honorable Mention - Katrina Fullerton, St. Anne Parish (Richmond Hill)


(Click on the image below to read the winning essays)

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