St. Dominic High freshman Ava Vachalek recently was named an international champion in the 2019-20 Knights of Columbus Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest.
Vachalek submitted an essay that discussed “the meaning of virtue and how you live and embody the virtue of charity.” She wrote the essay when she was an eighth-grader at Immaculate Conception in Old Monroe, Missouri.
The goal of the essay contest is to involve young Catholic students in grades eight to 12 in civic discourse and instill in them religious and life-affirming values. To qualify for submission, each essay had to be 500-750 words on a specific topic. Entrants were judged on grammar, style and how clearly the student presented the theme in a way that showcases creativity, imagination and overall development of the topic.