Houston, TX – The University of St. Thomas and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston sponsored its 10th annual essay contest on topics related to Pope John Paul II and how his works and words are relevant to students’ lives. There were 664 finalists from a record number of 6,388 Catholic school students from 50 schools, in grades three through 12. Academy senior Isabel Sutter took first place, her fourth consecutive year as a finalist. She also placed first in 9th and 10th grades, and took third place her junior year.
“I like to write; I do it for fun,” Isabel said. “I also like to win, so I work hard.”
The winners were honored at a Mass and awards ceremony on January 22 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, the Most Rev. Joseph A. Fiorenza, archbishop emeritus of Galveston-Houston, celebrating Mass and Dr. George Laird, interim superintendent of Catholic schools in attendance. The first place winners in ninth through 12th grades received a $2,500 scholarship to the University of St. Thomas, if they elect to attend.
Isabel is the daughter of St. Agnes Academy librarian Herman Sutter and Lynne Sutter, both graduates of St. Thomas. Her sister Lucia is a sophomore at the University. Isabel plans to attend UST, studying in the five-year education program with a creative writing minor. She has earned a total of $3,500 in scholarships through the essay contest.
Read her essay here.
Photo Caption L-R: Kathleen Blute, 9th grade St. Pius X; Cameron Kic, 11th grade St. Thomas High School; Most Rev. Joseph A. Fiorenza; Sarah Trumble, 10th grade Incarnate Word Academy; and Isabel Sutter, 12th grade St. Agnes Academy