SBGOC Essay Competition

SBGOC Faith History Essay Contest 2023

Objective: To learn more about the faith and practices of our grandparents and great-grandparents generation.

Essay Topic: Interview a senior family member(s) or family friend(s) (age 60+) who you can tell you about their childhood in the Church or the difficulties they have endured in their life journey. After the interviews, you will compose an essay on the topic on what you learned.

Here are some sample questions you can ask in your interview:

  • What was church like when you were growing up?
  • What was family prayer time like when you were growing up?
  • How important was faith to their parents?
  • What were some difficulties you faced when you were child?
  • If the person moved away from their parents, what were challenges they faced?
  • What are the differences between their childhood and your childhood?
  • What important lessons has the person learned through their life?
    Length: Your essay should be at least 250 words but should not exceed 1000 words.

Content and Judging: Submissions will be judged on the quality of research and interview, the impact of the lessons learned, form, style, and mechanics of the writing.


  • Email a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) file of your original work with a title. Entries must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman or an equivalent font with a one-inch margin on all sides of the page.
  • Essays are due on December 31st, 2023.
    Eligibility: Any SBGOC student (1st Grade to College) is encouraged to participate.

Prizes: The experience of writing this essay will be rewarding. However, we want to encourage the participants for their efforts by giving them an award and prize to add to their accomplishments/college applications/resumes. The essays will be split into 4 categories based on grade level:

  • 1st Grade to 4th Grade
  • 5th Grade to 8th Grade
  • 9th Grade to 12th Grade
  • College

May this experience be a blessing for all involved.

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