Crisis pregnancy centers Respect Life Essay Contest theme
- Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone congratulated winners of the archdiocesan Respect Life Essay Contest Feb. 25 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Pictured with the archbishop are grand prize winners, from left, Julienne Rose Cancio, grades nine-12, Immaculate Conception Academy; Aliyah Passion, grades three-four, Holy Angels; Mia Fuentes, grades one-two; Shylah Doyle, grades five-six, Nativity; Scott Bell, grades seven-eight, St. Isabella. (Courtesy photo)
March 8, 2018
With the launch of the Respect Life Program’s “Options United for Life: Northern California Pregnancy Resource Collaborative Network” last October, it seemed appropriate to raise awareness about these lifesaving pregnancy centers in schools and parishes. So the theme of this year’s 29th Annual Archdiocesan Respect Life Essay Contest highlighted pro-life pregnancy centers and clinics in their performance of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Even young children sense that when a mom is expecting a new baby, she needs extra help. Our first and second graders wrote about different ways to offer this special help: When a pregnant mom without close family or friends feels alone or afraid, even more help and support may be needed. Third and fourth graders wrote about additional ways to help these women in need, maybe with the parish-based Gabriel Project in mind. Fifth and sixth graders tackled the subject of adoption and how generous it is for a woman who feels she cannot raise her baby to give the gift of life to the baby, and the gift of the baby to adoptive parents yearning for a child. Seventh and eighth graders delved deeper into what a crisis pregnancy center or clinic does and how its staff puts the corporal and spiritual works of mercy into practice in very tangible ways. Finally, high school students analyzed the Reproductive FACT Act, which forces pro-life pregnancy centers in California to promote and refer for abortion, even when the performance of abortion contradicts the center’s core message about the sanctity of human life. This issue is very timely given that the Supreme Court will be considering the constitutionality of California’s law this year.
The ability to offer local, practical and life-affirming resources to women in crisis pregnancies is integral to our pro-life mission of helping one another and of helping women choose life. The ability to provide early education to our students on these issues in a thought-provoking way, through the Respect Life Essay Contest, will indeed pay dividends in time and eternity.
This year’s 82 winners and honorable-mention recipients, chosen from the 376 essays submitted by our Catholic schools, religious education programs and homeschooling families, are listed below.
Grand Prize: Mia Fuentes, St. Veronica.
First Prize: San Francisco, Sophia Howard, Holy Name of Jesus; San Mateo, Anthony Gonzalez, St. Catherine of Siena; Marin, Aiden Leon, St. Isabella.
Honorable Mention: Blake Sturgeon, Alyssa Garcillano, Our Lady of the Visitacion; Lyriq Huff, Mission Dolores Academy; Kenzeey Ramos, St. Monica; Allyson Lau, St. Thomas the Apostle; Natalia Lopez, Holy Angels; Cristiano Morrone, Our Lady of Angels; Angelina Gomez, St. Catherine of Siena; Stefi Vick, St. Gregory; Tommy Mijares, St. Veronica; Anabella Miles, Our Lady of Loretto; Chiara Machotka-Farley, St. Anselm; Beatrice Pheatt, Joey Giraud, St. Isabella; Christine Nguyen, St. Raphael.
Grand Prize: Aliyah Pasion, Holy Angels.
First Prize: San Francisco, Isabella Soriano, Our Lady of the Visitacion; San Mateo, Lucina Gonzalez, All Souls religious education program; Marin, Nick Bishop, Our Lady of Loretto.
Honorable Mention: Gabriela Martinez, Mission Dolores Academy; Bella Toledo, Our Lady of the Visitacion; Bella Kwok, James Kitaguchi, St. Thomas the Apostle; Francesca Manalastas, Holy Angels; Ava Leggero, Our Lady of Perpetual Help; Valerie Chu, St. Catherine of Siena; Olivia Evangelista, St. Dunstan; Abby Sharron, Reese Brochol, St. Gregory; Valentino Larios, St. Veronica; Niccolo Machotka-Farley, St. Anselm; Tina Wegner, St. Isabella parish school of religion; Kyla Handley, Mikel Barreneche, St. Isabella.
Grand Prize: Shylah Doyle, Nativity.
First Prize: San Francisco, Bridget Panina, St. Gabriel; San Mateo, Jacinta Semher, Nativity; Marin, Elizabeth Hayes, Our Lady of Loretto.
Honorable Mention: Chester Chen, School of the Epiphany; Amaya Yip, Holy Name of Jesus; Kyndall Seymore, Luis De Jesus, Mission Dolores Academy; Seda Perry, Star of the Sea; Adriel Barrion, Our Lady of Perpetual Help; Mariano Gonzalez, Gonzalez, homeschool; Skyler Cayanan, St. Dunstan; Cristiana Kerrigan, St. Robert; Sidney Karr, St. Veronica; Dempsey Boone, Lily Burke, St. Anselm; Claire Cassidy, Natalie Jaworski, St. Isabella; Fiona O’Driscoll, St. Patrick; Hailey Sarlatte, Our Lady of Loretto.
Grand Prize: Scott Bell, St. Isabella.
First Prize: San Francisco, Cynthia Ortiz, Mission Dolores Academy; San Mateo: Katie Lau, St. Catherine of Siena; Marin: Gracie Hodges, St. Isabella.
Honorable Mention: Lezaiah Porchia-Gray, Our Lady of the Visitacion; Madeline Danaher, St. Finn Barr; Jamie Jew, St. Monica; Johnny Lin, St. Thomas the Apostle; Gabriel Elepaño, Jayden Ramos, Holy Angels; Jackie Eng, Immaculate Heart of Mary; Iain Semler, Nativity; Alexander Robinson, Our Lady of Perpetual Help; Rylie Coleman,.Isabella Solano, St. Dunstan; Dominic Jay, St. Robert; Jasmine Panlasiqui, St.Veronica; Nina Verhoeff, Grace Pennyman, Our Lady of Loretto; Ella Velyuis, St. Isabella; Cristina Godinez, St. Raphael.
Grand Prize: Julienne Rose Cancio, Immaculate Conception Academy.
First Prize: San Francisco, Jolie Radunich, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory; San Mateo, Marcelino Gonzalez, Gonzalez Homeschool.
Vicki Evans is coordinator of pro-life activities for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Congratulations to the talented students who won the 2012 Laws of Life Essay Contest!
BBB honored the Laws of Life finalists at our annual banquet where finalists received their awards and presented their winning essays. Our winners below worked extremely hard, and BBB thanks them along with all those who participated in this year's Laws of Life Essay contest!
The following is a list of 13 finalists / winners of the 390 entries submitted.
Brook Casey with her essay, Even The Biggest Things...
Danielle Penet with her essay, A Terrible Demise
Alejandro Ramirez with his essay, Seeking Counsel
Sarah Gokelman with her essay, Pay Attention
Amethyst Brookbank with her essay, Gone
Sabrina Perez with her essay, Succeeding
Candice De La Rosa with her essay, It Was An Accident
Regina Garza with her essay, My Abuelita
Kely Mendoza with her essay, My Best Friend
Michael Stockford with his essay, Gratefulness
Joel Rodriguez with his essay, Respect
Joseline Alvarez with her essay, All About Respect
Austin Aiken with his essay, The Country Drive