Rosary freshman’s essay advances to next stage of contest

Erin Hawkins
Erin Hawkins

An essay written by Rosary High School freshman Erin Hawkins of DeKalb was selected to advance in an essay contest on “The Importance of Religious Freedom,” sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

Rosary students participated in the contest through Knights Council 4849 at Holy Angels Church in Aurora. The winning essays move on to the next level of competition in the ultimately international contest. State winners will be announced in the spring, and international winners in June.

“This essay contest is one way to get young people involved in what is going on in society,” said Norb Rozanski of Knights Council 4849. “Erin ... received a certificate, a $25 Best Buy gift card, and a $25 check, thanks to our generous donors.”

“We had many good submissions, and I’m very proud of (fellow Rosary student Anna Stephens of Batavia, whose essay also advanced) and Erin,” freshman English teacher Laura Ruddy said. “Each has an exemplary writing style and pays attention to detail. I’m looking forward to seeing what more they will accomplish in the future.”

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