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Two students place first in UST Archdiocesan Essay Contest

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Twelve St. Thomas students were recognized as finalists in the 2013 University of St. Thomas Archdiocesan Essay Contest.  They attended a Mass and ceremony this morning at the Co-Cathedral, along with theology teachers Jenny McConnell and Casey Johnson.

There were over 5,600 entries in the contest, and the 1st place finishers in the 10th and 11th grade categories represent St. Thomas High School.  Jack Schrimsher finished 1st among 10th graders, a group which contained 183 participants.  Matt O’Conner finished 1st among 277 entrants in the 11th grade category. 

Three freshmen were named finalists.  Jackson Morris placed 2nd among the 260 contestants, Chris Kjellqvist was given Honorable Mention and Joseph Nemec was a Finalist.  In addition to Schrimsher’s first place win in the 10th grade category, Cameron Kic placed 2nd and Rock Flowers received Honorable Mention. 

Joining O’Conner as the 1st place finisher among 11th graders were Daniel Morgan (2nd place) and Marty Dang (3rd place).  Three seniors were named finalists.  Talal Beidas finished in 3rd place, Anthony Ogbo received Honorable Mention and Pearson Garnett was a Finalist.

“I would like to commend the members of our Theology Department and our students on this spectacular performance,” Rev. Patrick Fulton, C.S.B., said.  “We have a history of strong showings in this contest because of the diligence and dedication of our faculty and students.”


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