Kaylinn Hartwick, a second-grader at St. John the Evangelist School in Carrollton won first place, which included a gold medal, certificate, and a $100 check. Clara Hiatt, a second-grader at St. Anthony Grade School in Effingham took home second place, which included a silver medal, certificate, and $75. Delilah Jones, a kindergartener at Christ the King School in Springfield received third place, which included a bronze medal, certificate, and $50.
“I credit the principals and teachers of the diocese for embracing these contests,” said Dale Smith, Third Vice Commander of the Catholic War Veterans. “There were 208 entries in this contest making a very difficult job for the committee of judges. We were supposed to limit the entries to National to three but could not narrow it down that far. We submitted six to National. I was surprised to hear that we had all of the winners as there were also entries from many other states.”