Hopewell Council #7103

2010 Essay Contest
October 3, 2010
All Catholic students in public, private and parochial schools – in grades 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 during the current year, are invited to participate in the Knights of Columbus Essay Contest. The theme of the essay will be:  The Responsibility of the Catholic Citizen in a Free Society.”

Judging will be selected by Hopewell Council 7103, Knights of Columbus committee members. 

  • Essays will be judged on a 100  point scoring system:

20 points: Overall impression-

How does the essay describe the role of a Catholic citizen in a free society?

30 points: Content –

How clearly is the theme presented?

20 points: Grammar –

How well is the essay written with respect to sentence structure, paragraph

construction and spelling?

30 points: Style –

Does the essay show creativity, imagination and development of the topic in a compelling style?


  • Essays must reflect the assigned theme and be the student’s original work.  Essays must be typed and between 500 and 750 words in length.  The student’s name should appear only on the official Knights of Columbus Essay Contest entry form, which must accompany the essay.  All entries become the property of the Knights of Columbus and will not be returned.


  • The winners in Hopewell Council’s essays will then be entered in the district level competition (combination of Councils), then on to the state Knights of Columbus for the state officers to judge.


  • All participants will receive a Certificates of Participation.  The first place winners in each grade will receive a gift certificate.


  • The required entry form, signed by the parent or guardian must accompany the essay.  The form can be viewed  by downloading the file at the bottom of this page. 
2010 Essay Contest Entry Form
  • Also attached below is a one-page Student Resources guide, which contains the names of books and web links relevant to the essay topic as refference material.
  • The completed essay, with attached entry form can be sent to essaycontest@KofC7103.org  or mailed to: Knights of Columbus, Hopewell Council 7103, P.O. Box 304, Hopewell, N.J. 08525 by October 3, 2010.  Any additional question about this program should also be directed to Bob Rushnak at essaycontest@KofC7103.org.


Todd Kent,
Jul 31, 2010, 12:40 PM
Todd Kent,
Aug 17, 2010, 6:08 PM