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2/20/2019 2:20:00 PM
Young people shine in annual Diocesan Respect Life contest
Pictured is the first-place winning poster entry for Sienna Connor, left, and first-place photo meme for Dominic Cataldo.

Pictured is the first-place winning poster entry for Sienna Connor, left, and first-place photo meme for Dominic Cataldo.

Pictured is the first-place winning poster entry for Lilly Pinizzotto, left, and first-place poster for Bailey Post.

Pictured is the first-place winning poster entry for Lilly Pinizzotto, left, and first-place poster for Bailey Post.

(Editor's Note: Because of an unforseen circumstance, The Monitor is not able to post the works of the first runners-up and honorable mention honorees as had been indicated in the Feb. 21 print edition. The Monitor offers its apologies.)

Essay Contest Winners


1st Place • Grades 3-5

Teresa Ross, fifth grade, St. Rose School, Belmar

Every person, Including You, is Cherished, Chosen, and Sent by God to Perform in the Church’s ‘Mission.

*This is my essay and I hope you enjoy it!*

Cherished

It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, rich or poor, male or female, you are cherished by God. God is listening to you and guiding you. My little sister was found floating in a sewer plant looking very blue. The doctors concluded that she had a hole in her heart however, she was just really cold. I’m sure you’d be cold if you were left as a baby, floating in a sewer plant. Anyway, now she’s happy, healthy, and not blue.

Even I, myself, was a survivor. My biological parents put me on a heating grate, so I’d be warm. It was March after all! An orphanage worker picked me up and brought me to the orphanage. It was okay, but I really don’t remember any of it at all. Then I went to live with a foster family.  There was barely any food and love at the orphanage but the foster family gave me a little more food than the orphanage gave me. After I was adopted, we – meaning me and my adoptive parents – went to go visit my foster family. My adoptive mother told me my foster mother hugged me and I was stiff as a stone. But when my foster mother gave me back to my adoptive mother, I snuggled in and was not like a stone or a rock. Then we flew home from China on an airplane and I’ve been living with my adoptive family ever since. These are two good examples of God cherishing people.

Chosen

God chose all people to be his children, no matter what. He chose my biological parents to give me life. Just like God chose Mary and Joseph to be Jesus’ parents, God chose my adoptive parents to be my parents and my siblings to be my siblings. I was chosen by God to be in this adoptive family, and I’m happy God chose me to be in this adoptive family. And I’m happy, which is probably all that matters to God.

Sent

We are all sent by God to share in our part of evangelizing the Good News of Christ. God sent my biological parents to save me from being killed in the womb. He sent my adoptive parents to adopt me, and take me to a place where I would be loved. If God hadn’t sent my biological parents to save me from death in the womb, and  if  my adoptive parents weren’t sent to adopt me, then I  wouldn’t be here  telling  my sad past as a story. That’s exactly why it’s very important to join in the action  of  pro-life.  God sent and still sends all people to be His children.

 

1st Place • Grades 6-8

Tyler Stivala, seventh grade, St. Leo the Great School, Lincroft

My name is Tyler Stivala and I will tell you why I believe that Every Life should be cherished, chosen and sent. I am a true, living example of a life that has been cherished by many, chosen by two, and sent by one.

I was born in South Korea on October 19, 2005. My birth mother made the decision to place me up for adoption, a choice that must have been very difficult for her. A choice that shows she cherished my life because she could have chosen to abort me, but instead gave me an opportunity to live, grow and thrive into what I am today. I am grateful that she cherished my life even though she couldn’t raise me. I was placed into foster care at the time of my birth.

My foster family cherished my life, too. They took care of me and loved me while I waited to be adopted. I was chosen by two...loving parents in the United States. They decided to adopt me at 4 ½ months of age, and we created a loving family on March 21, 2006. My parents take care of me every single day and love me unconditionally. I know they believe that every life is cherished because they adopted me and chose to raise me. I was sent by one...loving God to live out my life. To have this journey, to be born a world away, be cared for and loved by so many people before finding my way home to my parents. I have truly been cherished, chosen, and sent and will be forever grateful for the life that I have.

Many times, we try to make a plan for our lives and sometimes things do not go as planned. Sometimes God has a much better plan for us, just like me. Every year, on the day I came home to my family, we celebrate a day that we refer to as, “Gotcha Day.” It symbolizes the day we “got” to be a family. I love this day because it reminds me how grateful I should be because I have been given an opportunity to live out an amazing life, and I am very thankful to God for all the things he has done for me and my family.

I hope there are other people who think pro-life and give other children a chance to have an opportunity to have a wonderful life like I have been blessed to have. I am so happy and thankful that I have a wonderful life and I hope other people who are in the same situation make a good decision for their child, even if they think they can’t handle it. I believe that my birth mother made a great decision and I am so thankful God led her to that choice, and ultimately to the family that loves me as much as my family does.



From staff reports

The respect that elementary school students from around the Diocese have for all life was lovingly and creatively reflected in the works they submitted for the annual diocesan Respect Life contest.

Students who attend Catholic schools, parish religious education programs and those who are involved in parish youth groups designed posters, wrote essays and submitted photo meme entries created their submissions based on this year’s theme, “Every Life – Cherished * Chosen * Sent.”

The submissions were grouped by various grade categories: Kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, and sixth through eighth grade. Following judging at the parish or school level, the top entries were made available online for judging by the Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean County Respect Life parish representatives and Chancery employees. Submissions were judged on creativity, clarity of message, and when applicable, visual appeal.

The winners who were chosen included one from each grade category as well as first runners-up in each grade group by county. Each winner receives a $100 prize; first runners-up will receive a $40 prize. Awards will be presented to winners, and winning entries will be displayed in their respective counties during the following Masses on March 3:

Burlington County: 5 p.m. Mass, St. Charles Borromeo Church, Cinnaminson, with Father Joe Noche, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Hainesport, and diocesan respect life chaplain, as Mass celebrant.

Mercer County: 10 a.m. Mass, St. James Church, Pennington, with Father Jarlath Quinn, parochial vicar, as Mass celebrant.

Monmouth County: noon Mass, St. Mary Church, Middletown, with Father Richard Osborn, parochial vicar, as Mass celebrant.

Ocean County: 10:30 a.m. Mass, St. Peter Church, Point Pleasant beach, with Father James O’Neill, pastor of St. John Parish, Lakehurst, as Mass celebrant.


Below are the 2019 Respect Life Poster, Essay & Meme Contest Winners:

POSTER CONTEST WINNERS

Grades K-2

First Place:

BAILEY POST, second grade, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Maple Shade

First Runners-up:

OLIVIA BERBERABE, second grade, Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Hainesport

AVYAN GUPTA, second grade, St. Paul School, Princeton

MORGAN GARDNER, second grade, St. Mary School, Middletown

OWEN MARCELL, first grade, St. Joseph School, Toms River

Grades 3-5

First Place:
LILLY PINIZZOTTO, third grade, St. Joseph School, Toms River

First Runners-up:

MAYA BEGLEY, fifth grade, St. Charles Borromeo School, Cinnaminson

DANIELA ROSSI, fourth grade, St. Paul School, Princeton

DANIEL D’ARCY, third grade, St. Catharine School, Spring Lake

ISABELLE PALUMBO, fourth grade, St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach

Grades 6-8

First Place:
SIENNA CONNOR, sixth grade, St. Leo the Great School, Lincroft

First Runners-up:

JOHN FROMBACH, sixth grade, Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Hainesport

JOEL BRODON, seventh grade, Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton

JACKSON DANLEY, eighth grade, St. Rose School, Belmar

LEAH MARCHETTI, eighth grade, St. Peter parish, Point Pleasant Beach

ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

Grades 3-5

First Place:
TERESA ROSS, fifth grade, St. Rose School, Belmar

First Runners-up:

CATHERINE LAYNE, fifth grade, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Maple Shade

LEO TETI, fifth grade, St. Paul School, Princeton

NATALIE DAPRA, fifth grade, St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft

EMMA MULLINS, fourth grade, St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach

Grades 6-8

First Place:
TYLER STIVALA, seventh grade, St. Leo the Great School, Lincroft

First Runners-up:

GENEVIEVE MCMULLEN, eighth grade, St. Charles Borromeo School, Cinnaminson

VALERIE NAVARRO, seventh grade, Trenton Catholic

MICHAELA D’ARCY, seventh grade, St. Catharine School, Spring Lake

EMMA ENGLE, eighth grade, St. Joseph School, Toms River

PHOTO-MEME

Grades 6-8

First Place:
DOMINIC CATALDO, seventh grade, St. Mary of the Lake Parish, Lakewood

First Runners-up:

ELIZABETH ITALIA, seventh grade, St. Paul School, Princeton

DANIEL SIMEONE, sixth grade, St. Leo the Great School, Lincroft

ANDREW RESTIANO, seventh grade, St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach



Related Stories:
• Annual art contest open for submissions
• Respect Life contest winners commended in diocesan Masses




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