CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY HOLOCAUST CONTEST FINALISTS AND WINNER!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY HOLOCAUST CONTEST FINALISTS AND WINNER!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY HOLOCAUST CONTEST FINALISTS AND WINNER!
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Each year, SJSC submits one piece of student art and two student essays to the contest. This year, a photograph taken by Olivia O. was chosen as the SJSC art submission. Alexandra H.'s essay, titled Justice in the Hands of Humanity, and Davin M.'s essay, titled Blueprint for a Better Society, were selected as our school's entries in the writing competition. Alexandra and Davin's essays were chosen as two of the five finalists in the middle school prose category, and Alexandra's essay went on to be named the winner!


More than 250 middle and high schools--and some 7,000 students--from more than 30 states and 9 countries participated in this year's contest. This is not the first time the work of SJSC students has been recognized. Each year, two student essays are forwarded to Chapman University for the final round of judging. This is the fourth year in a row that both essays submitted were selected as finalists and that one of those essays went on to place first or second!


To have the writing of two current SJSC students recognized in a competition of this scope and caliber is exciting. It speaks not only to the quality of the students' work but also to the quality of the writing program we offer. Our program gives students a strong foundation that serves them well here at SJSC and beyond. ELA teacher, Mrs. Lynne Pantano, is to be commended for having her St. Junipero Serra Catholic students place as finalists and winners over multiple years. Her dedication to excellence and love for her students beautifully reflect the ministry of Catholic education.

Most importantly, though, the impressive work of these students speaks to the empathy and justice that the entire SJSC community--parents, faculty, and staff--strives to model every day.