Each year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offers a multimedia youth contest to help schools and parishes educate students about poverty. Youth in grades 7 through 12 learn about the root causes of this issue in the U.S. and discuss the Church's response before they have an opportunity to educate others through a creative work of any medium, such as a video, song, painting, drama or poetry. The entries are judged locally and top entries are sent to the national contest.
Seventh and eighth grade students at Saint Henry participated in the content this year. Teachers wove discussions about poverty in our state and world into their regular curriculum, and seven entries were ultimately submitted for judging at the Nashville Diocese. Two of these Saint Henry School entries were awarded first and second place. The remaining entries all received honorable mention.
- First Place Entry, “Putting the Pieces Together” by Cannon Anderson, Nicholas Erwin and Gavin Watson. This mixed media piece connected causes of poverty with ways to help people out of poverty.
- Second Place Entry, “Together We Stand” by Lucy Barnett, Nicholas Cullen, Beth Donlon and Henry Sterns. This tetraptych depicted four connecting arms with ways to combat poverty together as one common community.
Twelve students were awarded honorable mention:
- Photography entitled “What if . . .” by Reed Severson, Emma Claire Hagey, Megan Hall and Jordan Schrage.
- Mixed media entitled “A-Cross the World” by Diego Hoagland, Meg Killian, Alexandra Liberatore and Sevier Moore.
- Mixed media entitled “United” by Brett Kaley, Anna Grace O’Rear, Heather Rogers and Harrison Kraus.
Congratulations to all our Saint Henry participants. To learn more about The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Multimedia Youth Contest its goals, visit www.usccb.org/youthcontest.