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Sydney Pho’s Essay Leads Way for NDA

November 18, 2018

TYNGSBORO -- Sydney Pho of Nashua, N.H., an eighth-grader at the Academy of Notre Dame, was recently honored as a local winner of the Knights of Columbus Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest.

The contest, open to all Catholic students in grades 8-12, is an annual program sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Local councils all over the country invite submissions and choose winners. Those essays are then forwarded along for state honors.

The goal of the program is to involve young Catholics in public, private, parochial or home schools in civic discourse and instill in them religious and life-affirming values.

Arthur U. Joyal Council 4225 in Dracut sponsored the contest at NDA. This year, Stephen Flynn’s eighth-grade English class had four participants: Sydney, Yesenia Collins of Tyngsboro, Meghna Sridhar of Nashua, N.H., and Rachel Korwan of Westford.

Pho won first-place in the contest, answering this year’s prompt: “How does your family keep its Catholic faith in action?”

Yesenia earned second place.

Both girls received Barnes and Noble gift cards, and Sydney’s essay will be furthered in the competition to the state level.

Meghna and Rachel each received a certificate of participation.

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