High School Essay Contests

The Tolkien & Lewis Essay Contest

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On Saturday, September 23, 2017, the nearest weekend to “Hobbit Day,” the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College will be holding the third annual “Tolkien & Lewis Celebration” on its campus in Nashville, Tennessee.

As part of this celebration we are announcing an essay contest for high school students, the winner of which will be flown to the Celebration in Nashville to receive the “Tolkien & Lewis Essay Award” and to read the winning essay to those attending the Celebration. Homeschool Connections has generously agreed to continue their patronage of excellence in writing by awarding $500 to the winner.

Guidelines

Essays should be no longer than 3,000 words in length and on the subject of the work of C.S. Lewis and/or J.R.R. Tolkien.

Deadline for receipt of the essays will be March 1, 2017. Essays should be e-mailed to tolkienlewis@aquinascollege.edu.

The essays will be judged by the literature faculty at Aquinas College.

The honoree should be available to travel to Nashville for the Celebration on September 17 to present their essay and receive the Award. All travel and accommodation costs will be paid by the Center for Faith and Culture.

Please address any questions to Joseph Pearce, Director of the Center for Faith and Culture, at tolkienlewis@aquinascollege.edu.

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The Shakespeare & Christianity High School Essay Contest

Judging for the 3rd annual Shakespeare & Christianity High School Essay Contest has ended. A winner will be announced soon.

Past Contest Winners

The Tolkien & Lewis Essay Contest 2016

On Saturday, September 17, 2016, the nearest weekend to “Hobbit Day,” the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College held the second annual  “Tolkien & Lewis Celebration” on its campus in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Center would like to congratulate Joan Johnson of Nikiski, Alaska, a student of Seton Home Study, as winner of the Tolkien & Lewis High School Essay Contest. Joan will read her essay “Comitatus and Courage and Oaths, Oh My!” at the celebration. Her trip to Nashville and $500 award are courtesy of Homeschool Connections.

Joan Johnson accepts the award and check for the Tolkien & Lewis High School Essay Contest

Joan Johnson (left) accepts the award and check for the Tolkien & Lewis High School Essay Contest with Kevin O’Brien (center) and Joseph Pearce (right), Director of the Center for Faith & Culture

Shakespeare & Christianity Essay Contest 2016

The center would like to congratulate Amy Nguyen of St. Cecilia Academy in Nashville as winner of the contest for her essay “The Malevolent Morality of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.” Amy received a $500 check from Homeschool Connections and read her paper at the Shakespeare Celebration on April 23.

Maureen Wittmann of Homeschool Connections presents the check to Amy Nguyen, winner of the Shakespeare and Christianity High School Essay Contest, with her teacher Sister Scholastica, O.P. (right)

Maureen Wittmann of Homeschool Connections presents the check to Amy Nguyen, winner of the Shakespeare and Christianity High School Essay Contest, with her teacher Sister Scholastica, O.P. (right)

 

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