St. Dominic sophomore Maddie Pope has been named the international winner of the Catholic Citizenship essay contest by the Knights of Columbus.
Pope’s essay was her view on the contest’s theme: “How trusting in God during a difficult time has helped you or someone you know find the strength and hope to endure it.”
The essay was judged the top entry from submissions across the country.
“To be honest, at first, I had no idea the (gravity) of it,” Pope said. “We submitted the essay and I thought it was just another contest. I found out it was national and that I had won amongst pretty much everyone. It was a really big deal. I found out people in Connecticut judged this, so my essay went across the country. You think about how many people submitted essays in my class, then you think about how many catholic schools there are in the state and that there are 50 states. It’s pretty awesome and I was very honored.”
Pope was awarded a cash prize for having what was judged the top essay.
St. Dominic religion teacher Debbie Johnson praised Pope for her contributions.
“Maddie is a natural leader, excellent student and willing to share her gifts with the community,” Johnson said.