Center for Mission’s student writing contest asks who/how someone inspired faith

| January 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Entries are being accepted for the annual writing contest sponsored by the Center for Mission of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Writers in grades one through 12 must answer the questions, “Who inspires your Christian faith? How has this person inspired you through words and actions?”

There are four divisions for student judging, as well as a new teacher division. Teachers are asked to submit their most innovative and creative way to present the writing contest to their students.

• Division 1: Students in first through third grades are to complete the phrase, “My faith has been inspired by _______.”

• Division 2: Students in fourth through sixth grades are to write an essay, up to 250 words typed or neatly printed, answering the above questions.

• Division 3: Students in seventh through ninth grades are to write an essay, up to a 500 words typed answering the same questions.

• Division 4: Students in grades 10 through 12 are to write an essay, up to a 500 words typed answering the same questions.

Prizes will be awarded to one winner in each division, $50 for divisions 1 and 2 and $100 for divisions 3 and 4.

Entries must be submitted on 8.5-by-11-inch paper and include name, grade, Catholic school and/or parish name. Submit entries by regular mail or email with an attached Word document to: Writing Contest, Center for Mission, 328 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102; or with Writing Contest in the subject line. Submissions must be received by Feb. 29 or postmarked by Feb. 27. All entries become the property of the Center for Mission.

Christmas gift in Oak Grove

As a way for families to extend their celebration of the Christmas season, St. Patrick parish in Oak Grove will present “Joy to the World: A Christmas Cantata” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8.

The concert, organized by parish choir director Kyle Picha, features the works of composer John Rutter performed by more than 60 choir and orchestra members from several parishes, including St. Ste­phen in Anoka, St. Paul in Ham Lake and Epiphany in Coon Rapids.

Also featured is soloist Michelle Hayes, a senior at Anoka High School, and the Anoka High School Seventh Avenue Carolers.

There is no cost to attend and a pie social will follow the concert.

UST contest to engineer peace

The University of St. Thomas School of Engineering is seeking entries for its first “Peace Engineering” contest. The school, working with Minnesota-based Compatible Technology International, is looking for teams of two to three people to design, build and deliver a breadfruit-drying device to the Breadfruit Institute in Hawaii.

Breadfruit is an underutilized staple crop recognized for its potential to provide food security in tropical regions. The fruit, named for its bread-like fragrance, is high in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Shredded, dried breadfruit can be milled into gluten-free flour.

The winning design will be implemented in Jamaica and Haiti to increase food security and promote small business ventures to stimulate local economies.

Teams should email their intent to submit to, by Jan. 15 with final designs submitted by Feb. 1 to: University of St. Thomas, Peace Engineering Initiative, School of Engineering OSS 100, 2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105. Two winning teams will be announced Feb. 6.

The first place team will receive $3,000 and second place will receive $500. Funds will be available for the winning team to send a representative to Hawaii in March to build and demonstrate the structure.

For more information about the contest, visit

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