Special Achievements in our Elementary Schools

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While we deeply value all our students and their accomplishments, there are moments when some earn special recognition for their outstanding achievements. Here are some of these moments:

Two elementary students from Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids have recently been recognized for their submissions to the 55th Annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. Connor L., an eighth-grade student from St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, took sixth place -  a tremendous accomplishment, considering the reach of this competition extended to students from nearly 200 Michigan schools and 3,000 fellow eighth grade students from Michigan. His essay, centered on the theme "My Personal Michigan Hero," stood out and earned him a spot among the top 10 statewide winners.

Another student, Riley N., an eighth-grader at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School (IHM), secured ninth place in the same contest. Riley's thoughtful essay has earned both him and his school a cash award from Farm Bureau Insurance. Additionally, the top 10 winners, including Connor and Riley, will be celebrated during an unforgettable day in Lansing today, May 29, 2024. 

  • Read Connor’s essay submission here
  • Click here to read Riley’s essay. 

In a separate achievement, seventh-grader John F. from IHM showcased his linguistic skills by competing in the Greater Grand Rapids Scripps Spelling Bee, representing the Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Catholic schools. John's impressive performance, placing 7 out of 10, highlights the dedication to academic excellence fostered at IHM School.

Lastly, Kieran A., an eighth-grader at St. Patrick Catholic School in Parnell, received recognition from the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH) for her outstanding effort in the LAOH Irish History Essay Contest. Kieran's diligent research on the Wallace sisters, IRA Brigade officers from Cork, Ireland, earned her top honors in both regional and state competitions. 

  • Click here to read Kieran’s award-winning essay.

These noteworthy accomplishments not only reflect the academic excellence of these students, but also underscore the commitment of Catholic schools to nurturing well-rounded individuals who excel academically and contribute meaningfully to their communities. Congratulations to all these students!