April 4, 2023
Photo of Charlotte and Faith with winner plaques.

In a historic first, two students from the same school, our own Donahue Academy, were named champions of the 2022-23 Knights of Columbus Annual “Faith in Action” essay contest. Charlotte Taddei won first place at both the Florida state and International levels for Grade 11, earning $400 in prizes. Faith Romero, Grade 12, won $200 in prizes, taking first place at the Florida state level and runner-up at the International Level. Although the Faith in Action contest has had more than one winner from the same state, “This is the first time we have had two winners from one school,” said Jason Porrello, Program Manager for Community and Family of the Knights of Columbus, which administers the contest. This year’s essay topic was How young Catholics can evangelize our faith to families and friends who have turned away from religion and encourage them to return to the Church and embrace the sacraments. The contest was open to all Catholic students in grades 8-12 in any public, private, parochial, or home school. The Knights received over 200 essays from the US and Canada that were judged through four levels of review—council, district, jurisdiction (state) and international. The goal of the Faith in Action contest is to help students articulate the importance of religious freedom.  Congratulations, Charlotte and Faith!