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Diocese announces essay contest winners

The Office of Marriage and Family Life at the Diocese of Duluth recently held its third essay contest for middle and high school students. The theme of the contest was “Every Life is Worth Living.”

There were more essays this year than in the past, and that made the judging that much more challenging. Below are the first place winners in each category: 

Middle school

By Harper Glisczinski: Holy Rosary School / Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth

Our life and our worth isn’t based on our skills or what other people think of us. In our lives, we discover that we are created in God’s image and likeness and called to and have an eternal life not only in Heaven, but also on Earth. Nothing can take away the worth of our lives.

It does not matter your age, your physical state, whether you are born or unborn. Every life is worth living. No matter what. God put us on this earth for us to love and care for each other. We are each made in God’s image, and it is not our choice to choose when a life is ended, it is the Lord’s.

This topic strikes very close to my heart. My Great-grandma, Mary Beam, left a legacy in our family. She is always on my mind, my thoughts and in my heart. She passed away in 2012, when I was 9 years old. As she grew older, my worry increased. Always hoping when I hugged her, it wouldn’t be the last time. The loveable memories with my extended family. Counting to 89 at least twice before she blew out the candles on her birthday cake, or playing kickball in her backyard, with cookies and soda in our hands. She, even at her old age, was always there on the patio, cheering us on. I could not imagine my life without her. She helped me grow and develop into the person I am today. Her life mattered. It impacted, and changed my look on the world. She was a beautiful person and led a beautiful life, and I firmly believe that no matter who you are or where you are everyone deserves that feeling of love, happiness and hope.

High school

By Anna Miller: Immaculate Conception Church, Pine City

Clarence, the angel, once said, “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” This line, from the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” is a perfect example of why every life is worth living. George Bailey does not think that his life is worth living, but when he sees what life would be like without him, George realizes what an impact on the world his life actually makes, and that he is very important. Every life is important and especially for God’s plan.

Everyone is made in the image and likeness of God and is a true miracle. Some people do not understand why their life is worth living; however, life is always worth living. Everyone in your life will have a different life if you were not in the world. If you were not alive, your parents would not have you as the joy of their life. Your friend would not have someone to go out with on Friday nights. The person you are praying for may not have anyone else praying for them. Also, God’s plan would not be complete if you were not in the world. You are here to fit in His plan for the world. You may not think that you have any purpose in life, but God always thinks you are very important.

I don’t know what God’s plan for me is, but I do know that I am important and my life is worth living. I pray that someday I will know what God’s plan is for me, but it is OK if I never do. I also hope that you realize that God has a plan for you, and know that your life is worth living.

Additional winners

Second place

Middle school: Noah Paulson, St. James School, Duluth

High school: Jennifer Fournier, St. Lawrence Church, Duluth

Third place

Middle school: Emily Guzik, Immaculate Conception Church, Pine City

High school: Hannah Matthews, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth

Honorable mention

Middle school: Renae Stangler, St. Mary’s Church, Deer River

High school: Andrew Jarocki, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth