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Respect Life Essay Contest liturgy, awards ceremony draws hundreds

March 27, 2015

The 26th annual archdiocesan Respect Life Essay Contest liturgy and awards ceremony was held March 1 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Winning students and their families, friends, teachers and principals gathered for Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, where Bishop William J. Justice congratulated them on their essays and challenged them to continue to use their talents. An awards reception followed in St. Francis Hall, where Jesuit Father John Piderit, moderator of the curia and vicar of administration, presented the awards.

Each year students in grades one through 12 from the archdiocesan schools, home schools and parish schools of religion participate in a classroom activity that involves answering life and dignity centered questions submitted to teachers by the archdiocesan Respect Life Program. “The students’ views and their sensitivity to the plight of the unborn, the elderly, the weak and the vulnerable are truly heartwarming – and original,” said Vicki Evans, coordinator of the archdiocesan Respect Life office.

Here are this year’s contest winners:

Grades 1-2

Grand prize: Peter Nascimento, Kolbe Academy Homeschool; 1st prize San Francisco: Madison Lee, Holy Name School; 1st prize San Mateo: Chloe Laddaran, St. Catherine of Siena; 1st prize Marin County: Christian Dorn, St. Hilary. Honorable mentions: Tate Oyler, St. Monica; Zara Girsh, St. Monica; Sarah Ng, St. Mary; Sulema Ananda, Mission Dolores Academy; Isabel Padia, St. Robert; Dani Pardini, Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Ben Horton, Our Lady of Angels; Esteban Velasquez, Holy Angels; Arthur Coelho, Our Lady of Perpetual Help; Evan Blinn, Blinn Homeschool; Ford Furtney, St. Anselm; Savannah Browne, St. Isabella; Eva Hellmold, St. Isabella.

Grades 3-4

Grand prize: Mary Blinn, Blinn Homeschool; 1st prize San Francisco: Aimee Ubas, Mission Dolores Academy; 1st prize San Mateo: Aidan Gilmartin, St. Catherine of Siena; 1st prize Marin County: Samantha Carter, St. Anthony of Padua Religious Education Program. Honorable mentions: Emmanuel Nascimento, Kolbe Academy Homeschool; Cristi Martinez, Our Lady of the Visitacion; Paco Xiao, St. Mary; Jeslyn Oum, Holy Name School; Xander Hung, St. Thomas the Apostle; Alexander Robinson, Our Lady of Perpetual Help; Giuli Sapienza, St. Catherine of Siena; Kiana Dacanay, All Souls; Hillary Jimenea, Holy Angels; Lydia Whitfield, St. Dunstan; Mariano Gonzalez, Gonzalez Homeschool; Elsa Holscher, St. Hilary; Aris Sarganis, Our Lady of Loretto; Lucy Jaworski, St. Isabella.

Grades 5-6

Grand prize: Anthony Tolosa, Our Lady of the Visitacion; 1st prize San Francisco: Nicoli Panelo, St. Thomas More; 1st prize San Mateo: Audrey Sanguinetti, St. Matthew; 1st prize Marin County: Anthony Ratto, St. Isabella. Honorable mentions: Saila Helsman, Star of the Sea; Mia Lee, St. Monica; Michelle Tan, St. Mary; Anthony Tan, St. Thomas the Apostle; Kristina House, St. Catherine of Siena; Saron Asfaw, Mission Dolores Academy; Neil Philpott, St. Robert; Cyna Shiri, St. Pius; Ali Lewis, St.Pius; Eduardo Lactaoen, Holy Angels; Kevin Nguyen, St. Raphael; Claire Yacoboski, Our Lady of Loretto; Katrina Quinn, Our Lady of Loretto; Arabella Garcia Hollmann, St. Hilary.

Grades 7-8

Grand prize: Devin Kaya, All Souls; 1st prize San Francisco: Tiffany Yuen , St. Thomas the Apostle; 1st prize San Mateo: Hannah Meek, St. Matthew; 1st prize Marin County: Anya Cutter, St. Anselm. Honorable mentions: Sophie Li, St. Mary; Sofia Maysenhalder, School of the Epiphany; Ashley Alvarez, Mission Dolores Academy; Florence Pun, St. Thomas the Apostle; Ari Kim, St. Monica; Nicco Mao, St. Monica; Jeremy Cawthon, St. Monica; Jenny Liu, Our Lady of the Visitacion, Ryan Keiper, St. Veronica; Mariann Lactaoen, Holy Angels; Maddie Hain, St. Dunstan; Madison Eshoff, Our Lady of Loretto; Madeleine Bruce, St. Isabella.

Grades 9-12

Grand prize: Veronika Roble, Immaculate Conception Academy; 1st prize San Francisco: Juliette Liu, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory; 1st prize San Mateo: Nicole Bryant, Notre Dame High School. Honorable mentions: Natalie Jacobson, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory; Liam Campbell, Stuart Hall High School.

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