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Pro-life essay contest opens

Students from the seventh grade through junior year in high school are invited to write about two topics in this year's archdiocesan pro-life essay contest.

They are being asked to imagine a friend or family member suffering from a terminal illness and wanting help to commit suicide.

The students must write convincingly about the immortality of assisted suicide and euthanasia and the redemptive value of suffering in light of Christ's suffering, death and resurrection.

Students can enter the contest, sponsored by the Respect Life Apostolate, from Jan. 22 through March 25 by mailing essays to Pro-Life Essay Contest, c/o Elizabeth Murphy, 3214 N. 60th St., Omaha, NE 68104.

The essays will be judged by teachers and parish pro-life coordinators on clarity, creativity and an understanding of this particular aspect of the pro-life message.

Winners will be announced by April 13.

First-place winners from each grade will receive $40 and advance to the Knights of Columbus statewide contest, which will be judged separately and awarded in the fall. Second-place winners in each grade receive $30 and third, $20. Winners also receive certificates.

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