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Winners Announced for Diocesan Pro-life Contest

AWARDS - Juliana Koperski won second place and Jozlynn Wiechman won first place in the first grade category of the 2010 Lincoln Diocesan Pro-Life Poster and Essay Contest. The girls are classmates at St. Teresa School in Lincoln (SNR photo by S.L. Hansen)

(SNR) - The winners of the 2010 Lincoln Diocesan Pro-Life Poster and Essay Contest have been awarded. Father Jeff Eickhoff, director of the Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities in the Lincoln Diocese, announced first, second, and third places for 14 different categories in the poster and the essay contests.

Father Eickhoff said the annual contest gives “our Catholic children an opportunity to reflect on pro-life values and an opportunity to express how we can be more pro-life.”

He added, “It’s both educational and pro-active.”

This year’s theme was a quotation from Pope Benedict XVI: “Every child brings us God’s smile.” The theme was initiated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Father Eickhoff is free to select a different topic, but, he said, “I thought it was a good theme for ours.”

The poster contest was for those in elementary schools. Each Catholic school and parish religious education program was invited to participate by sending in their best entries for each grade level. Countless posters were colored all across the diocese, and nearly 500 posters were selected for submission to the diocesan pro-life office.

Students in seventh through eleventh grades were invited to participate in the essay contest. The essays were to reflect and expand on the quotation of Pope Benedict XVI, asking for concrete examples of how the Church and its youth can help society treat human life as a sacred gift from God.

Althogether, 70 essays were submitted by students from Catholic, home, and public schools. The five first-place essays will be submitted to the statewide Knights of Columbus essay contest that will be held this fall.

The first-place winners in both poster and essay contests were honored at a dinner banquet at the Knoll’s Restaurant in Lincoln on May 2. Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz handed out the awards and congratulated the winners. Second and third place awards were given out in the local schools and parishes.

Poster Awards

1st Grade First Place: Jozlynn Wiechman (St. Teresa School, Lincoln); Second Place: Juliana Koperski (St. Teresa School, Lincoln); Third Place: Joe Hinrichs (St. Mary Parish, Sutton)

2nd Grade First Place: Maci Poe (Sacred Heart Parish, Lawrence); Second Place: Rosemary Lang (St. Teresa School, Lincoln); Third Place: Delani Lyle (North American Martyrs School, Lincoln)

3rd Grade First Place: Annie Timmerman (St. Teresa School, Lincoln); Second Place: Lauren Maly (St. Wenceslaus Parish, Wilber); Third Place: Genevieve O’Gara (North American Martyrs School, Lincoln)

4th Grade First Place: Logan Massey (St. Teresa School, Lincoln); Second Place: Mallory Krenk (Assumption Parish, Dwight); Third Place: Kaleigh Driver (Blessed Sacrament School, Lincoln)

5th Grade First Place: Rachel Scheffert (St. John Nepomucene School, Weston); Second Place: Alyse Petersen (St. Joseph School, Lincoln); Third Place: Hanna Lyons (St. John the Apostle School, Lincoln)

6th Grade First Place: Carol George (St. John Nepomucene School, Weston); Second Place: Claire Maguire (St. Joseph School, Lincoln); Third Place: Julia Placzek (St. Teresa School, Lincoln)

7th Grade First Place: Taylor Gatewood (Bishop Neumann Junior High School, Wahoo); Second Place: Jared Schendt (Sacred Heart Parish, Lawrence); Third Place: Mary Ostasuc (Blessed Sacrament School, Lincoln)

8th Grade First Place: Abby Miller (St. Joseph School, Lincoln); Second Place: Tyler Cuellar (St. Catherine Parish, Indianola); Third Place: Caleb Smith (St. Mary’s Parish, Sutton)

Special (individual education plan) First Place: Brianna Redmond (Villa Marie School, Waverly); Second Place: Julia Petro (Villa Marie School, Waverly); Third Place: Cole Fournell (Villa Marie School, Waverly)

Essay Awards

7th Grade First Place: Kennedy Sander (St. Peter School, Lincoln); Second Place: Kelly Brandstetter (St. Peter School, Lincoln); Third Place: Katie O’Neil (Lourdes Central Catholic Schools, Nebraska City

8th Grade First Place: Kate Rawlinson (Cathedral School, Lincoln); Second Place: Rebecca Villamonte (St. Peter School, Lincoln); Third Place: Nolan Dvorak (St. John the Baptist School, Plattsmouth)

9th Grade First Place: Emily Coffey (Pius X High School, Lincoln); Second Place: John Paul St. Hilaire (Homeschool in Assumption Parish, Dwight); Third Place: Caitlyn Do (Pius X High School, Lincoln)

10th Grade First Place: Katrina Sramcik (Homeschool in St. Mary Parish, St. Mary)

11th Grade First Place: Elizabeth Smith (Homeschool in Nebraska City); Second Place: David St. Hilaire (Homeschool in Assumption Parish, Dwight); Third Place: Ali Weber (Pius X High School, Lincoln).

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