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Sacred Heart Students Win Knights of Columbus Essay Contest

Posted on January 30, 2020 in: School News

Sacred Heart Students Win Knights of Columbus Essay Contest

8th Graders at Groton School earn awards

The Spellman Council 6107, Knights of Columbus, sponsored their annual essay contest for all Catholic students in grades 8 through 12 in the Diocese of Norwich.  This year’s theme was “Charity is the theological virtue which we love God above all things for His own sake and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God.”

The winners in the 8th grade category are:


1st Place: Eamonn Pelletier
2nd Place: A tie between Claire Fenaughty and Yailanis Gutierrez
3rd Place: Madilyn Tomasweski


Dean Leone, Essay Contest Chairman, personally congratulated Sacred Heart’s middle school religion teacher, Susanne Yalcin for being such an excellent educator in our Catholic faith. He noted:

        “I believe we’ve never had all the essay winners from the same class and school”.

This is Mrs. Yalcin’s first full year at Sacred Heart, after teaching in public schools since 1992. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Students say they look forward to religion class. Her down to earth approach focuses on making religion real to her students, always reading and referring back to the bible.

“This is the first time in my professional career I’ve been able to use my faith in my lessons.  It is such a gift. I could never go back”.

Sacred Heart School is located at 50 Sacred Heart Drive in Groton.

— FCC News Desk

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