Children from “small fries” (short for first and second graders) to “elites” (high school juniors and seniors) just learned last week whether they won CYO’s annual Art and Essay Contest.
Prize winners haled from throughout the New York archdiocese, from Staten Island, through the Bronx, over to Rockland County and all the way up to Dutchess. Their art depended on their inspiration, from scribbled smiling suns to detailed landscapes and profiles.
And their essays focused on the hot topic of social media – does it bring us together or make us more alone and how can it be used to improve our communities?
Answers were surprisingly insightful. One contestant, for example, said social networking reconfigures our need for our relationship with God.
Deja George from St. Francis of Assisi School in the Bronx grabbed first place in the essay contest. Kaitlyn Piotrowski from St. Mary’s School in Dutchess came in second and Kyle Mangan of St. Claire of Assisi School in the Bronx took third. Way to go, CYO!