Just for Kids Christmas essay and artwork

By Patricia Kasten | Catholic News Service | December 19, 2014

2014 contest winners

As we approach Christmas, The Compass is sharing the winning essays and artwork from its 27th annual “Just for Kids” Christmas challenge on these pages. This year’s project changed from previous years. While we still asked for short essays based on a Christmas-themed question, The Compass also returned to a tradition from the 1980s and added an art contest.

Charley Mullin.  Just for Kids 2014 First Place Art winner: Grades 2-4. St. Francis Cabrini School Oshkosh
Charley Mullen.
Just for Kids 2014 First Place Art winner: Grades 2-4. St. Francis Cabrini School Oshkosh. Luke 2: 15-20.

Another new feature is that the contest was opened to students in grades 6-12. We received entries from sixth graders, but not from students in the higher grades.

Essays and art were reviewed by a committee of diocesan employees and winners chosen in three age groups: kindergarten to first grade; second through fourth grades; and fifth and sixth grades.

The essayists were asked to reflect on the following question: “If you could travel back to Bethlehem, what special holiday food or treat would you bring to the stable and why?” Art was to be based on the Gospel readings for any of the Christmas Masses.

In total, The Compass received 83 essays and 74 pieces of artwork from 28 classes and private family submissions. All the artwork (in a slideshow presentation) and essays can be viewed at The Compass website at thecompassnews.org by Dec. 24.

GRADES PRE-K to 1

ESSAY

FIRST PLACE: Christopher Timm, first grade, Holy Family School, Brillion

SECOND PLACE: Preston Ruebl, first grade, Holy Family School, Brillion.

THIRD PLACE: Kolbe Donnermeyer, kindergarten, age 6. Family submission, Appleton

GRADES 2-4

ESSAY

FIRST PLACE: Allison-Jean, second grade, St. Mary School, Greenville

SECOND PLACE (TIE): Eve Vosters, second grade, , St. Mary School, Greenville

Elizabeth Schmidt, second grade, Holy Family School, Brillion

THIRD PLACE (TIE): Anya Smith, second grade, St. Mary School, Greenville

NicholasVanderLeest, third grade. St. Joseph School, Green Bay

 

GRADES 5-9

ESSAY  

FIRST PLACE: Agii Kerwin, fifth grade, St. Margaret Mary School, Neenah

SECOND PLACE: Julia Shrofe, fifth grade, St. Margaret Mary School, Neenah

THIRD PLACE (TIE): Catherine Moen, sixth grade, St. Mary School, Greenville

Kathleen Burns, sixth grade 6, St. Mary School, Greenville

 

GRADES Kindergarten to 1

ART

FIRST PLACE: Kylie Rietz, first grade, Lourdes Academy, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton site, Oshkosh

SECOND PLACE: Anika Leitch, First grade, Lourdes Academy, St. Frances Cabrini site, Oshkosh

THIRD PLACE: Aubrey Schettle, First grade, Lourdes Academy, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton site, Oshkosh

GRADES 2-4

ART

FIRST PLACE: Charley Mullen, third grade, Lourdes Academy, St. Frances Cabrini site, Oshkosh

SECOND PLACE: Sophia Grace Johnson, third grade, Lourdes Academy, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton site, Oshkosh

THIRD PLACE: Alaina Sobojinski, third grade, Lourdes Academy, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton site, Oshkosh

GRADES 5-9  

ART

FIRST PLACE: Marshall Koch, fifth grade, Lourdes Academy, St. Frances Cabrini site, Oshkosh

SECOND PLACE: Erin Frank, fifth grade, Lourdes Academy, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton site, Oshkosh

THIRD PLACE: Jacqueline Gruber, fifth grade

 

All the entries and artwork that were submitted to The Compass this year can be found at this link.

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