St. John School 8th Grade Student Wins Diocese of Norwich Essay Contest

Nov 11 2018

St. John School 8th grade students recently participated in an essay competition, sponsored by the Diocese of Norwich Seton Scholarship Dinner Committee. Students were asked to write an essay entitled, "What Catholic Education Means to Me". The goal of the Seton Scholarship Committee is to raise scholarship money for the 11 PreK-8 elementary schools in the Norwich Diocese (including St. John School) every year.  The Foundation also grants awards on behalf of Bishop Cote for distinguished service each year as a Catholic religious or layperson in the Diocese.  

The St. John School final drafts were handed in to Mrs. Haylon at the end of September. The chosen essay to represent St. John School was chosen by Mother Elaine.  The essay was written by Samuel M.  Samuel’s essay was then sent to Mr. Henry Fiore, Superintendent of Diocese of Norwich’s 11 Catholic Schools.  There were 11 entries (one from each 8th grade class, in each school from the Diocese) and Mr. Fiore picked Samuel’s as the winning essay.  Mr. Fiore came to St. John School personally to announce the winner and to talk with Samuel, his Mom, PreK-aide, Mrs. Matt, Mother Elaine, and Samuel’s brother, Louis!  

The Seton Scholarship Annual Dinner was held on October 28th at the Marriott Hotel in Mystic, CT.  As the essay winner, Samuel had the opportunity to attend the dinner and read his essay aloud to all the attendees.  By all accounts, it was a wonderful evening with many religious and all of the diocesan schools well represented. Bishop Cote was in attendance and Samuel and his family had a photo taken with the Bishop. When asked about winning the essay competition, Samuel’s wanted to thank all the dedicated teachers of St. John School and Mr. Henry Fiore. Samuel said it is a great honor to accept this on behalf of St. John School and all it does to help support an excellent, integrated, Christ-centered Catholic education. The essay will be published in the Four County paper along with a picture.  

Samuel had the opportunity to read his essay to the St. John School students and parents at the Opening Prayer Service to kick off the 1st New England Catholic School’s Week on Monday. Well done Samuel – we are very proud of you! 

For the full text of Samuel’s essay, click here.