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Pro-life essay winners advance to state contest

Students from Catholic schools and home-school programs are among five winners of the annual Pro-Life Essay Contest sponsored by the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Seventh-graders through juniors in high school were invited to write about ways to help mothers in crisis pregnancies choose life for their babies, and the contest drew entries from 134 students, said Whitney Bradley, coordinator of the Respect Life Apostolate in the Center for Family Life Formation.

Winners included seventh-grader Josephine Kazor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and School in Omaha; eighth-grader Maximillian Middendorf, a home-school student from St. Isidore Parish in Columbus; Lauren Seier, a member of St. Bonaventure Parish in Raeville and a freshman at Pope John XXIII Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School in Elgin; Sydney Kerkman of St. Boniface Parish in Elgin and a sophomore at Pope John; and Ellie Koch, a member of St. Peter Parish in Omaha and a high school junior who is schooled at home.

The top three winners in each class win prizes of $40, $30 and $20, and all 15 winners are listed below. Click here to read the first-place essays.

The winning essays also will be entered in the state contest with winners from the dioceses of Grand Island and Lincoln. Statewide winners will be announced this fall at the Bishops’ Pro-Life Conference.

ARCHDIOCESAN PRO-LIFE STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

 

Seventh grade

First place: Josephine Kazor, Our Lady of Lourdes School, and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Omaha.

 

Second place: Anna Kwong, St. Robert Bellarmine School, and a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Omaha.

 

Third place: Jessie Meiers, St. Vincent de Paul School, and a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Omaha.

 

Eighth grade

First place: Maximillian Middendorf, schooled at home, and a member of St. Isidore Parish, Columbus.

 

Second place: Ryan Kenney, St. Stephen the Martyr School, and a member of St. Stephen the Martyr Parish, Omaha.

 

Third place: Connor Ramold, Pope John XXIII Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School, Elgin, and a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Neligh.

 

Ninth grade

First place: Lauren Seier, Pope John XXIII Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School, Elgin and a member of St. Bonaventure Parish, Raeville.

 

Second place: Gillian Kleinschmit, Cedar Catholic Junior/Senior High School, Hartington, and a member of Holy Family Parish, Bow Valley.

 

Third place: Sadie Uhing, Cedar Catholic Junior/Senior High School, and a member of Holy Trinity Parish, Hartington.

 

Tenth grade

First place: Sydney Kerkman, Pope John XXIII Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School, and a member of St. Boniface Parish, Elgin.

 

Second place: Alea Reifenrath, Cedar Catholic Junior/Senior High School, Hartington, and a member of Holy Family Parish, Cedar County.

 

Third place: Nicki Payne, Pope John XXIII Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School and a member of St. Boniface Parish, Elgin.

 

Eleventh grade

First place: Ellie Koch, schooled at home, and a member of St. Peter Parish, Omaha.

 

Teacher: Homeschool

Parish: St. Peter, Omaha

 

Second place: Shantel Preister, Pope John XXIII Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School, Elgin, and a member of St. John the Baptist Parish, Petersburg.

 

Third place: Jordan Mescher, Pope John XXIII Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School, and a member of St. Boniface Parish, Elgin.

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