Pro-Life Essay Contest for 7th to 12th Graders

The Sacramento Life Center, with the Diocesan Respect Life Office, offers six cash prizes for the best student answers to this double challenge:

  1. Write a bumper sticker text on a Respect Life idea, using no more than 30 characters (note: a space is a character).
  2. Write an essay explaining why the text of the bumper stick would be an effective way to convey the message to the general public.

The Rules

  1. The contest is open to 7th – 12th graders in schools within the Sacramento area. The contest will be split into two age categories: 7th – 8th graders and 9th – 12th graders. 
  2. Essays must be between 250 and 350 words, typed and double spaced. Essays must be prepared entirely by the student. At the end of the essay the writer must include his or her name, address, phone number, grade, and the name of their school.
  3. Three prizes will be awarded in both age categories. First Prize $100.00; Second Prize $75.00 and Third Prize $50.00. A committee of Sacramento Life Center members, chaired by Professor James J. Murphy, Professor Emeritus University of California Davis, will select the six winners.
  4. The essays must be submitted as an e-mail attachment to The deadline to submit essays is 5:00 P.M., Monday, February 29, 2016.
  5. The winning bumper sticker will be produced for distribution throughout the Diocese of Sacramento. Winners will be guests on the Bishop’s Radio Hour hosted by Bob Dunning, AM1620. Winning essays will be submitted for publication in the Catholic Herald.

Essay Contest Co-chairs:

Marie Leatherby
Executive Director
Sacramento Life Center
Steve Patton
Family and Respect Life Ministries
Diocese of Sacramento

Please contact Marie at 916-451-4357or at for more information.

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