St. Pius X High School junior Emma Bradley and freshman Sasha Durocher both took top honors in the 14th Annual University of St. Thomas/Archdiocese of Houston-Galveston Essay Contest. Additionally, three other students placed in their grade divisions – senior Audrey Murdock and junior Nina Martinez took third place and senior Lexi Platsas was awarded honorable mention.
More than 8,000 essays were submitted from students ranging from third to twelfth grade for the contest which is sponsored by the UST Office of Catholic Outreach. Essay subjects varied from the promises of the Rosary to what it means to be a leader. Bradley focused on her experience in Catholic school vs public school in her award-winning essay. "I never would have been fully aware of the world around me, much less brought to the faith had it not been for my Catholic schooling. I can truly say that my Catholic education is a full education and one that will not desert me once I enter the world as an independent adult."
While Durocher also focused on Catholic schooling, she took an in-depth look at the decision process. "All teachers in Catholic schools have the common goal of molding their students into strong, independent people who live in unity with God. Because of the great community the schools establish, students are more likely to bond with each other and create life changing friendships like I have done."
"At St. Pius X High School, we are very fortunate to have truly stellar students," said Diane Larsen, principal. "The fact that our students took top honors in half of the high school categories and placed three other times, speaks great volumes to our student body's abilities and commitment to Catholic education."In addition to being recognized as a first-place recipient, Bradley was awarded a $2,000 scholarship to University of St. Thomas.