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The Knights of Columbus sponsors the Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest to encourage today’s youth to be
more connected to their community and their faith. The goal of this program is to involve young Catholics in
8th through 12th grade (public, private, parochial or home schools) in civic discourse and instill in them
religious and life-affirming values. The essay should be approximately 500-750 words on a specific subject,
changing every other year. Entrants will be judged on grammar, style, and how clearly, they present the theme
– which should showcase creativity, imagination and overall development of the topic. For Catholic Citizenship
Essay Contest resources, visit

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