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2/22/2018 4:16:00 PM
Diocesan Respect Life Ministry announces contest winners in poster, essay, meme categories
Pictured are the first-place winning poster entries for Aiden Self, left, and Javier Moreno Corrales.
Pictured are the first-place winning poster entries for Aiden Self, left, and Javier Moreno Corrales.
Pictured is the first-place poster for Gabriella Vizzoni, left, and the first-place photo meme for Kenny Malloy.
Pictured is the first-place poster for Gabriella Vizzoni, left, and the first-place photo meme for Kenny Malloy.

Essay Contest Winners

1st Place • Grades 3-5

Mary Kate O’Connor, third grade, Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton

Did you know that in the Bible, the words “be not afraid” are spoken 365 times? That is one “be not afraid” for each day. This must make these words important! When it comes to respecting life, we need to “be not afraid” and help all human beings.

One group of people who we should not be afraid to help are poor and homeless people. Even though they may not have money, food or shelter God loves these people, too. We can show respect for the poor by giving donations of money, food, water and clothing. We should not be afraid to help others when they need help.

Another group of people we should not be afraid to help are the sick and elderly. We can take care of the sick by giving them things they need. We can talk and spend time with them. Sometimes these people may just be sad and lonely. We can cheer them up by talking to them and play games with them. We can pray with them and let them know that even if they do not always feel like it – God loves them, too! It is important to take care of others who cannot take care of themselves.

At school we can show respect for life by being kind to all students. There will always be classmates that we may not like or get along with, but we must show respect to all. We can do this by playing with them, inviting them to sit with us or maybe do crafts with them. If we see someone being bullied we can be an upstander. An upstander is someone who tells the bully to stop what they are doing. Schools need people to be upstanders not bystanders. If Jesus saw someone being bullied he would tell the bully to stop and talk with them. That’s what we need to do.

Jesus reminds us to not be afraid. It is so important to listen to these words. We must not be afraid to help poor and homeless people, the sick and elderly and we must be kind to all students. These are three ways to show how to not be afraid and show how we can respect human life. Jesus showed us how to respect all people in the Bible. We need follow his words and actions by respecting all human life. We need to “be not afraid!”

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1st Place • Grades 6-8

Matthew Miller, sixth grade, St. Charles Borromeo School, Cinnaminson

Respecting life means giving every baby a chance to live. Many disabled babies are killed before they are even born. The majority of babies with Down Syndrome are aborted before birth. Thankfully, my sister was given the gift of life. Down Syndrome people are a lot of work, yet they bring lots of love and happiness! I know all the daily routines, hassles, and benefits of life with a Down Syndrome girl because I have a six year old sister with Down Syndrome named Maggie. She is friendly, loving, and always there for you with arm-wide open bear hug. She makes strangers smile. I do not know what we would do without her.

When Maggie was born in 2011, the Down Syndrome diagnosis was an unwelcome surprise. It was scary because she was very sick despite a healthy pregnancy. She was in the hospital for two months. At a newborn checkup, she was taken by ambulance with sirens blaring, downtown to CHOP. This emergency was frightening to our family, especially me, but our faith withstood this obstacle. She was even baptized in the intensive care unit because she was so sick. We were lucky to have a local deacon that we knew who was also a doctor at CHOP, agree to baptize her after a long work day. “Be Not Afraid” applies to this situation. We never lost our hope.

The first few years of Maggie’s life were stressful yet less lonesome, since I only had one other sister Molly, at that time. She had a feeding tube for a long time and many therapists to help her walk and talk. She didn’t actually walk until two and a half years old. Later on Christmas Day of 2013 heading into the new year of 2014, we found a star shaped box under the Christmas tree. I found it, opened it and read it. It said that we were going to get another baby sister!

My baby sister Monica was slow to crawl and walk but through faith and many therapy sessions, she is now a happy and healthy preschooler. Even though her early years were rough, now Maggie and Monica are good playmates for each other.

Unfortunately, there are some parents that also choose to kill healthy unborn babies. I always wished I had a brother. Even though I have three younger sisters who drive me crazy, I still care for each one of them and they care about me, their only brother. Through all these years, the “Be Not Afraid” message helped us respect all human life.



From staff reports

Once again, elementary school students throughout the four counties of the Diocese of Trenton showed their support for Respect Life by creating works for the diocesan Respect Life Contest that expressed their value of life in all its stages.

Working off the 2018 theme of “Be Not Afraid,” the students of Catholic schools, parish religious education programs and youth groups designed posters, wrote essays – and this year, submitted entries to a new category: a photo meme. The latter replaced the video categories of previous years’ contests.

The submissions were grouped by various grade categories: Kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, and sixth through eighth grade. Following judging at the parish or school level, the top entries were made available online for judging by the diocesan Department of Pastoral Care’s Respect Life Ministry members. Submissions were judged on creativity, clarity of message, and when applicable, visual appeal.

Six diocesan winners were chosen – one from each grade category – as well as first runners up in each grade group by county. Each diocesan winner receives a $100 prize; runners up will receive a $40 prize. Awards will be presented to winners and winning entries displayed in their respective counties during the following Masses on March 4:

Burlington County: 12 p.m. Mass, Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Hainesport; light reception to follow

Mercer County: 11 a.m. Mass, St. George Church, Titusville; light reception to follow

Monmouth County: 12 p.m. Mass, St. Mary, Mother of God Church, Middletown; light reception to follow

Ocean County: 11 a.m. Mass, St. John Church, Lakehurst; light reception to follow


Below are the 2018 Respect Life Poster, Essay & Meme Contest Winners:

Diocesan Winners

Grades K-2 Poster: AIDEN SELF, second grade, Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton; Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton

Grades 3-5 Poster: JAVIER MORENO CORRALES, third grade, Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton; St. Joseph Parish, Trenton

Grades 6-8 Poster: Gabriella Vizzoni, sixth grade, St. Paul School and Parish, Princeton

Grades 3-5 Essay: MARY KATE O’CONNOR, third grade, Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton; St. Mary Parish, Bordentown

Grades 6-8 Essay: MATTHEW MILLER, sixth grade, St. Charles Borromeo School and Parish, Cinnaminson

Grades 6-8 Photo Meme: KENNY MALLOY, seventh grade, St. Peter School and Parish, Point Pleasant Beach

 

First Runners Up

BURLINGTON COUNTY

Grades K-2 Poster: No first runner up selected from Burlington County

Grades 3-5 Poster: Michaela Smith, fourth grade, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Cinnaminson

Grades 6-8 Poster: Autumn Brutschea, seventh grade, Our Lady of Good Counsel School and Parish, Moorestown

Grades 3-5 Essay: No first runner up selected from Burlington County

Grades 6-8 Essay: Christian A. Caminotti, eighth grade, Sacred Heart School, Mount Holly; Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish, Hainesport

Grades 6-8 Photo Meme: Owen Donohue, eighth grade, Sacred Heart School and Parish, Mount Holly

MERCER COUNTY

Grades K-2 Poster: Danielle Self, first grade, Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton; Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton

Grades 3-5 Poster: Maria Jagielska, third grade, St. Hedwig Parish, Trenton

Grades 6-8 Poster: Joshua Arriola, eighth grade, Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton; St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown

Grades 3-5 Essay: Anthony Arriola, fifth grade, Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton; St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown

Grades 6-8 Essay: Alyssa Rauscher, seventh grade, Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton; St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Community, Joint Base MDL

Grades 6-8 Photo Meme: No first runner up selected from Mercer County

MONMOUTH COUNTY

Grades K-2 Poster: Summer Green, kindergarten, St. Benedict School and Parish, Holmdel

Grades 3-5 Poster: Alexa Mastrorilli, third grade, St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake

Grades 6-8 Poster: Skylar Cary, sixth grade, Holy Cross School and Parish, Rumson

Grades 3-5 Essay: Octavia Rose Musilli, fifth grade, St. Benedict School and Parish, Holmdel

Grades 6-8 Essay: Kathleen Grace Crowe, sixth grade, St. Benedict School and Parish, Holmdel

Grades 6-8 Photo Meme: Michael Liddy,eighth grade, St. Catharine School and St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, both Spring Lake

OCEAN COUNTY

Grades K-2 Poster: Roma Scalzo, second grade, St. Pius X Parish, Forked River

Grades 3-5 Poster: Emma Mullins, third grade, St. Peter School and Parish, Point Pleasant Beach

Grades 6-8 Poster: No first runner up selected from Ocean County

Grades 3-5 Essay: Summer Bruce, fifth grade, St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach; Visitation Parish, Brick

Grades 6-8 Essay: Zoe Petrella, sixth grade, St. Peter School and Parish, Point Pleasant Beach

Grades 6-8 Photo Meme: No first runner up selected from Ocean County



Related Stories:
• Annual K-8 Respect Life Contest now accepting posters, essays, memes
• Respect Life Contest winners celebrated at four county Masses




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