Essay Contest

Essay Contest


Ella Salazar, 1st Place WinnerThe 12th annual University of St. Thomas/Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Essay Contest was celebrated with a Mass and Awards Ceremony on Jan. 11, 2016 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, celebrated Mass and shook hands with all the winners, giving each student an antique iron key. More than 6,000 students from archdiocesan Catholic schools—third-graders through high school seniors—wrote essays for the contest.

For more information about the UST/Archdiocesan Essay Contest, contact Elsie Biron, UST director of Catholic Outreach, at

2016 Essay Contest Photos

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