Seton Summer Quarter Essay Contest

Seton Summer Quarter Essay Contest

Congratulations to our winners!

Ninth grade:

  • 1st Place – Victoria Cormier – Religion 9
  • 2nd Place – Amelia Coleman – Seton’s Literature
  • Honorable Mention – Anna Milinovich. “Latin: An Alive Language.”

Tenth grade:

  • 1st Place – Claire Amaya-Parra – Gratia Antiqua.
  • 2nd Place – Sophia D’Agostino – Taming Broncs.
  • Honorable Mention – Juliana Fonticoba. “English—My Favorite Seton Course.”

Eleventh grade:

  • 1st Place – Immanuel Portus – Lights, Chemistry, Action.
  • 2nd Place – Margaret Caffery – Doorways of Literature.
  • Honorable Mention – Marie Montenegro. “Spanish—My Favorite Seton Course.”

Twelve grade:

  • Honorable Mention – Jansen Lyons – Honors American Literature

ONLY THE FINEST

As our contestants know, it’s hard work competing in Seton’s contests. Only the finest entries work their way to the top, and every contest entry must pass a three-fold examination on

  • adherence to the contest guidelines
  • attention to the provided prompts
  • quality and excellence of the writing craft

296 Comments

  1. Emily McKinnon

    Yay! A new contest! Thank you, Seton! :)

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  2. Giselle Faber

    So excited!:) 76 days…..not sure if that is enough time! Lol, jk! Thank you!!!:):)

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    • Emily McKinnon

      @gisellefaber:disqus what are you going to do your essay off of? :) I’m thinking Biology….not sure yet, though. :)

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      • Giselle Faber

        Probably English! It makes sense right?! And it is my fav subject.

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Yep, makes sense. :) Definitely! I bet you’ll win! (*yipe* here we go again) :) LOL! ;)

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          • Giselle Faber

            Uh-oh, don`t start that again! You jinxed us last time! Lol, jk!!!!:) Besides, you are going to win this one!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Jinxed? See, @JoeyBarron00:disqus, you really aren’t the only jinx. ;) LOL! I seem to jinx everything, too. :) :P

            Well, there’s two winners per grade, right? So, I might!(look, I can be optimistic! What?!?!) I got a 50/50 chance. So do you! :) And, I’ll bet that you’ll at the very least, get second place! Just, cut down on the adverbs. LOL! :P

          • Joey Barron

            Oh, good, I thought it was only a problem I had. :P

          • Emily McKinnon

            Nope! You’re not alone. Lol, maybe it’s a homeschool thing. ;) :P

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, or maybe I jinxed us! Who knows?! but I don`t think Joey is the only one running around here!!:)
            I have no idea! I think so……unless there aren`t enough suitable entries like last time. I still squirm a little when I think of that!:(
            Wow, Emily is being optimistic!!!!!!!!…….sorta anyway. Umm, what, not first place?! Or are you just trying not to jinx us again?!!!:) Well, I dunno if the adverbs was why I didn’t make it. But anyways, this is an essay, so I will not be being so flamboyant with adverbs…….or anything else!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Maybe…though, i am well-known as the jinx of this family. ;)

            Hahaha!! A first time in world history! LOL! ;) Yeah, you’ll make first place, I have no doubt there, girlie! ;) Well…I may have just jinxed us anyway now, so….

      • Amelia Coleman

        I have no idea. I like parts of subjects and dislike other parts of the same subjects so this is going to be hard…

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Lol, same. :/ Though, I LOVE Biology, Algebra, and English!!! But, the only two ones that I’ll need for culinary are Biology and Algebra. Biology because I plan on minoring in Botany. And Botany would be extremely helpful in the kitchen. :) that way, I know everything about the herbs I’m using. Lol! :)

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          • Amelia Coleman

            Oh that’s super cool, Em! You are an awesome, interesting girl!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Thanks, Mia!! :) You’re too kind, really. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            No I’m not. I’m just honest:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Touche. Thanks, Mia!! :)

  3. Amelia Coleman

    Yay! Another contest! @emily_mckinnon:disqus we’re back to 75 days of waiting anxiously…lol:)

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    • Emily McKinnon

      *argh*!!!!! I know!!! I’m not going to survive these waits much longer. LOL! XD

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  4. Emily McKinnon

    Quick question: are we allowed to write it in the first person? Is it just like how we did it for the Basket of Cheer contest? Or is it supposed to be written alike to an essay for school? Thanks!! :)

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    • Dominic de Souza

      Hi @emily_mckinnon:disqus, yes, you can write in first person. It’s very much of a personal essay, about you and your interests. Just take care to keep it focused on you in relation to the course. Follow the 5 step approach as outlined in the contest details. :) Hope this helps!

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Alrighty, thanks! So, should I structure it like an essay for school then? Sorry, I’m just a tad confused… :)

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        • Dominic de Souza

          yes, please do. Have a look a the ‘Notes’ section in the contest details. Let me know if that makes sense. :)

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          • Emily McKinnon

            Okay. Yes, it does. Thank you so much! :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Thank you!! :)

  5. Jansen Lyons

    Do you need to submit the second form if you are over 18 like I am?

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    • Dominic de Souza

      No sir, the permission form is for students under 18. :) Fire away!

      Reply
  6. Amanda Evans

    hi, this will be my first contest. i was wondering if you have to have an essay written when you “register”?

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    • Dominic de Souza

      Hi Amanda, no, there’s no need to have written your contest entry to register. All registrants will be part of a special emailing list to keep you updated and informed about the contest.

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      • Amanda Evans

        Great! Thanks. I will register now. Enjoy your weekend!

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  7. Sonja Hiserman

    I’m so excited! These contests are so much fun!

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Me too! I love these contests! Which grade are you in, Sonja? I’m finishing up 10th. :)

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      • Sonja Hiserman

        I’m in the fourth quarter for 9th grade :D

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Awesome! :)

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          • Sonja Hiserman

            I just started 4th quarter too. I’m still in 2nd quarter for Latin and 3rd quarter for Math though lol. The research report took me awhile…
            We can do this!!!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Ah, bummer. I’m in 4th quarter for Math, but not test-wise. :/ I gotta catch up on the tests still. *sigh* Right?! I’m still in the middle of my research report! What did you do yours off of? Ah, Latin. Must be hard. I’m doing French, and to be honest, it’s actually really easy. :/
            Yeah we can!! We got this! :)

          • Sonja Hiserman

            I did mine on Amelia Earhart! How about you? I took French for half of seventh grade and it just wasn’t for me lol. I think it was much easier than Latin is now though.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Well, 9th grade, I did mine off of WWII POWs. For grade 10, I’m still working on finishing my report off of The Right To Bear Arms. :) I LOVE French! :) I mean, I hear Latin every Sunday at Mass, that counts right? LOL! ;) I seriously really enjoy learning French, though. I’ve wanted to learn it since I was a little girl. :)
            Hey, did you by any chance get a Seton Message Board account? :)

          • Sonja Hiserman

            Both those topics are awesome!!
            I just signed up for one and it’s waiting to be approved!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Thanks! Yours is pretty amazing too! :)
            Oh, goody! :) When you do get approved, please let me know! I’ll see if I can find you and add you to my list of friends! :)

          • Sonja Hiserman

            I got approved! It’s sonja.hi19

          • Emily McKinnon

            Alrighty! I’ll see if I can find you! I’ll send you a message over it. My name on it is: Em&M :)

          • Amanda Evans

            how do you get one Em?

          • Emily McKinnon

            http:// setonmb. setonhome. org/ Sorry, for some strange reason it won’t let me paste the link. :/ Anywho, just type that in, and fill everything out! You should get two emails. One saying that they’re waiting for you to be accepted. And, the next saying whether or not you were accepted! Let me know if it works please!!! :)

        • Amelia Coleman

          Aw man I’m only in the 2nd quarter for most of my subjects:( Way to go not procrastinating like me:)

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          • Emily McKinnon

            Ah, procrastination. Amazing how one word can describe one’s life, huh? Lol! ;)
            I mean, to be honest, I only just got into the 4th quarter on some subjects. *whoops* It’s that research report, I’m telling you! ;) :P

          • Amelia Coleman

            Well hey that’s way better than me!

          • Emily McKinnon

            You got this, Mia! You can do this, you can do this! *starts cheerleading*

          • Amelia Coleman

            Lol

          • Emily McKinnon

            Hey, I believe in you! You just gotta stop procrastinating. ;) :P

          • Amelia Coleman

            Hey, I did a Math test yesterday (got an 80 :P) and finished the entire third quarter of composition in 6 days (but only one has been graded-99). So that’s not too bad!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Way to go, Mia! I’m proud of you! Now, just keep it up and don’t procrastinate! ;) :P

          • Amelia Coleman

            Ok:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            So…..? You got all the way to the 4th quarter by now, right? ;)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Nope. *bursts into tears*

          • Emily McKinnon

            Come on, Mia! You got this! You just gotta believe in yourself!! :)

          • Amanda Evans

            Same. I haven’t had much time to work on my contest essay because of it. Sigh:/

            But on the bright side I only have 2 more pages to go!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Right? It’s ridiculous, huh? :)

            Wow! Way to go, Mandy! :) You’re doing better than I am!! :)

          • Amanda Evans

            Yeah:/

            HAHA:D Thanks Em! I’m so thankful that it’s going smoothly.

            I doubt that mine is better than your’s though.

          • Emily McKinnon

            No problem!! :) Oh, I’m positive that it’s better than mine. Mainly, because I’m still on the first three sentences. ;)

          • Amanda Evans

            Haha :) hey at least your making progress

          • Emily McKinnon

            Somewhat… ;)

          • Kathleen O'Connor

            Haha. Same. Procastination is my specialty. 10th grade.

          • Amelia Coleman

            2nd quarter? Yessss I’m not alone! *tears of joy*. By the way, Kathleen, do you like writing or drawing? Us homeschoolers have created two threads: “Love for writing” and “love for drawing” XD You should check them out! https: //disqus . com /home/ channel/ lovefordrawing/ and https: //disqus . com /home/ channel/ loveforwriting/

          • Kathleen O'Connor

            Thanks! Yeah, Second quarter. I really like writing. My Mom is an educational consultant for IEW. Maybe you have heard of it?

          • Amelia Coleman

            I hadn’t, but thanks for the link! I’ll check it out!

          • Kathleen O'Connor

            No problem!☺️

        • Amanda Evans

          Cool! I’m in the 3rd quarter of 9th.

          Reply
  8. Jansen Lyons

    Hi Seton Staff, I have my entry all set, but the option to upload the entry is broken. Says it only takes jpeg images. Could you please look into it so there aren’t any entries lost or incompleted?
    God bless!

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    • Dominic de Souza

      Hi Jansen, sorry for that inconvenience. It’s been fixed now!

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      • Jansen Lyons

        In the fixed select a file option, the *doc* option has two period; *..doc*, which makes it so my files are unrecognized, as they are only *.doc* in format. The computer won’t see the files with two periods, but it does accept files now and not pictures only.
        Thanks!

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        • Dominic de Souza

          I do apologise. :) I must have fat-fingered the correction this morning. Please try now!

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          • Jansen Lyons

            No worries, it’s all good. Got my entry submitted, and can’t wait to see how the contest goes.
            God bless all the other contestants, and thanks for the help!

  9. Emily McKinnon

    Are we only allowed to enter one story? :)
    Thanks!! :)

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    • Dominic de Souza

      Hi @emily_mckinnon:disqus, it’s an essay contest, so yes, only one essay. :)

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Alrighty. Yes, sorry I meant essay, haha! Thanks! :)

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  10. Noelle

    Gosh I never knew there was another contest until now!

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Noelle!!!! Are you joining then? :)

      Reply
  11. Elodie Pierlot

    When will there be a photography contest? Just wondering! I love photography!!!! XD

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    • Dominic de Souza

      We are excited to have one sometime. :) We’ll let you know when we are able to host one. :)

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      • Elodie Pierlot

        Okey doke!! And by the way, is there any words of advice for being behind in studies? I’ve only finished my second quarter, (I hate to admit) and barely finished my first in spanish and maths, my most feared subjects. :/

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        • Dominic de Souza

          That’s ok, plenty of stuff comes up, and students have to re work their schedule. I totally bombed Math and Latin, myself. ;)

          For words of advice, we’ve published some great pieces from your peers that you might enjoy:

          A Freshman’s 7 Tips to Staying on Track in High School
          http://www.setonmagazine.com/homeschool/freshmans-7-tips-staying-track-high-school

          How to Catch Up on High School When You Are Dreadfully Behind
          http://www.setonmagazine.com/latest-articles/how-to-catch-up-on-high-school-when-you-are-dreadfully-behind

          4 Study Strategies to Work Smarter this Semester
          http://www.setonmagazine.com/latest-articles/4-study-strategies-to-work-smarter-this-semester

          Hope these help/are what you’re looking for!

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          • Elodie Pierlot

            Thank you so much, Dominic :)

        • Amelia Coleman

          You’re not alone. I’m mostly in my first and second quarters too

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          • Elodie Pierlot

            Phew OK! That’s so good to know I’m not alone! We can do this together, Mia!! :) And sorry for not replying to anyone or anything, recently has been super busy with my baby sister and cadets and life in general. I’ll try make a special effort :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Ok. Actually our disqus channels were “overrun by outsiders”, so no need to check those. We’ve moved to the more private lands of Seton’s Message Boards and the Seton Writer’s club. You should make accounts and join us! They’re fun!

    • Emily McKinnon

      haha, I’d love to have one too! XD Hey, Elsie!! :) <3

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      • Elodie Pierlot

        Heeeey Em&M!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so sorry I havent replied or said anything recently- life’s been soooo busy. My little sister, cadets, dance shows, etc. I’ll try harder to reply and talk more! How’s everything going? I hope you’re OK!!! And Zelie told me about the new club about writers- that’s a brilliant idea!! yeah I’ll do it :))

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Hey Elsie!!!!!!!! :D <3 No problem! I've been so busy, that I may not have even seen this, haha. :/ Aw, poor thing. You sound so busy! Oh, everything's fine for the most part. I'm a little stressed, but that's only natural when it comes to the last few weeks of school I guess. ;) :P Yeah! it's awesome! But, you have to get a Seton Message Board account first. So, get that, and then register for the Seton Writer's Club, and I'll ask my bestie to validate you all the sooner!!! :D :) It's SO great hearing from you again, girl! :)

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    • Amelia Coleman

      YES!!!

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  12. Emily McKinnon

    Is it alright if I go over 800 words? Also does it really matter if the subject I choose doesn’t tie in with my future plans? Thanks! :)

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  13. Emily McKinnon

    @disqus_gKM70jPn3q:disqus @elodiepierlot:disqus @gisellefaber:disqus @JoeyBarron00:disqus @sonjahiserman:disqus
    Please tell me none of y’all have finished your essays already..? I haven’t even started! Why does school own my life?! ;) :P Lol! :D

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    • Giselle Faber

      Yea, I haven`t started yet. Been SOO busy with finishing school early and wedding stuff. Knowing me, I won`t get it done will the wee hours the day it is supposed to be submitted!!:)

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Lol, same!!! I feel like I’m never gonna start it! But, I’m so close to being done with school! I got precisely 5 lessons left of Algebra! *phew* It’s about dang time. XD But, it’s that book analysis and test that’s getting me caught up! Guys, how am I gonna have the time to write an essay, a test on A Tale of Two Cities, a book analysis on The House of Seven Gables, and all my other 4th quarter tests?!?!?! :o Prayers would be fantastic that my school goes well and actually gets finished on time. :'( :)
        Anywho! What are you writing your essay on, girl? English? :D

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      • Amelia Coleman

        WEDDING STUFF??

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Lol, girl! It’s Zelie’s sisters wedding! Haha! :D Her SISTER’S wedding is coming up. :)

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          • Amelia Coleman

            of course:) I knew that all the time ;)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Well, of course you did. *eyeroll* ;)

    • Joey Barron

      Haven’t started. You ain’t alone. :P

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Hallelujah! :P What are you gonna write yours on? I still have no clue!!! :/ XD

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        • Joey Barron

          lol :P Still not sure. Possibly Health. :)

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          • Emily McKinnon

            Health is a good one. Lol, I’m stuck with Biology, English, or Algebra….. XD

          • Amelia Coleman

            I’m doing literature

          • Emily McKinnon

            Aw, nice! I’m still not sure, haha. I haven’t started…still. :o :P ;) XD But, I’ll start it asap! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            I started, but don’t have much down…:

          • Emily McKinnon

            I wrote like one sentence, and then I didn’t like it, so I deleted it. And then, I wrote more, and then I didn’t like it. Repeat! :P

          • Emily McKinnon

            I’ve got nothing….still…. :/ :'(

    • Kathleen O'Connor

      I haven’t started yet either. :-(

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Me either. :( I wonder if I ever will at this point..

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        • Amelia Coleman

          *wide eyes* DON’T SAY THAT

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          • Emily McKinnon

            But…..it’s just so….hard….I mean, with school and all…. :'( :(

          • Amelia Coleman

            I get it I get it. :(

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah, you know. ;) XD

      • Maesa V

        Me neither :) What are you thinking of doing yours on?

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    • Amanda Evans

      Nope. Haven’t even decided on a topic

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      • Emily McKinnon

        *phew* Nice to know, that I’m not the only one, haha. XD ;)

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    • Amelia Coleman

      You forgetted me :(((
      Who cares I’m crashing this party:))
      …I have not started mine yet *bursts into tears*

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Oh no!!! I totally thought that I entered all y’all’s names!!!! Oh, whoops, I forgot Imman too. :P Sorry, guys! I tried! :'( XD

        Haha! Feel more than free to, girlie! ;)

        *bursts into tears as well and starts a sob party* me either!!!!!! :'(

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        • Amelia Coleman

          That’s ok, I was joking:)

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          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha, I know it! I just can’t believe that I didn’t write you or Imman down. *facepalm* ;) XD

    • Elodie Pierlot

      Hey! Sorry for not replying! :/ I’m not doing the essay contest- I don’t particularly like writing essays, and I wouldn’t do it for fun XD And I know right, school does get you down doesnt it?? :/ Lol :)

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      • Emily McKinnon

        No biggie, Elsie! :) Got ya. I’m not a huge fan of it either, and to be honest, I may not do it anymore. :/ I’ve got so much school to finish. I’m almost done! :D Hey, did you ever get a SMB account? :D :)

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    • Sonja Hiserman

      No I’m just trying to start it!

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Good luck, girl!!! I haven’t even started yet….. :'(

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        • Sonja Hiserman

          I’m doing mine on English and I’m trying to organize my points lol…

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          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha. :P I still haven’t even started…STILL!!! :o i really need to get onto it….But, I’m so close to finishing up school. And I want to get that outta the way first…you know? But, I’ll probably do mine off of English, Biology, or Algebra….which one do you think I should do? :)

          • Sonja Hiserman

            Biology would be cool!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah… But, if I’m allowed to do it off of an Independent Study, I’ll do it off of French…

  14. Emily McKinnon

    @JoeyBarron00:disqus @elodiepierlot:disqus @immanuelportus:disqus @sonjahiserman:disqus @gisellefaber:disqus @disqus_gKM70jPn3q:disqus Hey, um…question! Do any of you know why all of Mia’s comments were deleted????

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    • Joey Barron

      Um….No idea.

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Sorry, I figured it out. Mia deleted her account…

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    • Amanda Evans

      No. I was just trying to figure that out myself.

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    • Mia Coleman

      back!

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Yay!!! :D

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    • Mia Coleman

      My name looks so weird…you guys are the only ones that call me Mia, but I love it! I’ve always wanted people to.

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Haha! Hey howdy hey, girl!!!!!! :D

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        • Mia Coleman

          Howdy!

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          • Emily McKinnon

            :D Great to have you back, girly! :P ;)

          • Emily McKinnon

            GUYS!!!!!!! I FINISHED MY ESSAY FOR THE CONTEST!!!! ALL SENT AND ROARING TO GO! ;) :P XD What about y’all? anyone else finished yet?

          • Mia Coleman

            Great job! I…haven’t started…

          • Emily McKinnon

            Thanks!!! :P Well, I forced myself to sit down and write it, haha. So, I hurried up and got that done in a day, I believe.. XD :P Anyone else finished yet? Started??

          • Mandy E.

            It’s Mandy!!!

            I haven’t started on it. I’ve been super busy between school, Confirmation, and a parish event I’m helping with.

            I’m doing mine on Spanish.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Hey girl!! :D

            I get ya. I have to rewrite mine anyway, and it’ll have to be soon, because by the end of the contest deadline, I’ll be in TX. :/ So, yeah, I really gotta get that entry outta the way if I wanna do this contest at all… *le sigh* Plus, I got to do the last 3 weeks of school in THIS one week. So, yeah, here’s hoping that I’ll find a little time for this entry.

            I’m thinking Biology. :) I already had an entry started on that subject, so I’ll probably just revise and rewrite it, haha. XD Or, I’ll change it to English. I’m not entirely sure now, haha. :p Help, someone!!!! I need a little boost! ;) :P XD

          • Mandy E.

            I know how your’e feeling. I still haven’t even outlined yet. XD Between school, internship, and moving I’m not sure when I’ll get a chance.

            Have fun in TX!!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah, same…it may be awhile. May not even happen, actually. :/ :(

            Thanks! :)

          • Mandy E.

            :/ Sorry… I still haven’t done mine either

            I sent you an SWC and SMB pm BTW.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah, well. I’ve been busy lately. I actually finished writing my new entry, but I don’t like it. So, I’m either gonna revise it up, or I’m gonna not do this contest. :/

            Oh, okay! I’m sorry, Mandy!!!!! I’ve been SOOOOOO busy lately!!!! :'( But, I’ll check out those PMs right away! :)

          • Noelle

            I’m almost finished with mine!! Say Emily, how long did it take for you to write your essay?

          • Emily McKinnon

            Erm…like 2 hours, haha. I had to hurry up and get it done because I was leaving soon for TX. :) So, I sent it in, but, I have to be honest: I’m not content with it. I don’t expect to make it to any rounds besides the first, haha. ;) A part of me wants to redo it, but another part of me doesn’t have the brain-power to. ;) XD So, here’s hoping, I guess. ;) What are you doing yours off of? :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Okey dokey! :)

  15. Victorio

    Signed up, I think I might do mine on English

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    • HolyHobbit

      english is the best!! I think i do better with words than numbers… ;)

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      • Mia Coleman

        Agreed.

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  16. HolyHobbit

    could we write an essay on an extracurricular or independant study, or does this have to be on a course made by Seton?

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    • Victorio

      I think it just has to be a course, not necessarily by Seton

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Wait, so I could, say possibly do mine off of an independent study?

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    • Emily McKinnon

      I’d like to know this too!

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  17. Emily McKinnon

    Also, is it alright if i go over 800 words?

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  18. Robin Marie Hibl

    Thanks for asking about which courses to write about, but they have to be Seton courses. Sorry, but the independent study is not included in that group. Regarding the length, although 800 is the “official” maximum length, it could go as long as 900 words.

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    • Emily McKinnon

      So I can’t do mine off of an independant study?!? Oh no! I’m so sorry! You can delete my other entry(on french course). I’ll write a new essay…if i grt the time, haha. Thanks for answering our many questions! God bless! :)

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      • Robin Marie Hibl

        The title for the contest is “Your favorite Seton course” We apologize for any confusion.

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Oh, I’m sorry! I will continue my first idea. If I get the time, haha. Sorry again! And thank you for all your help! :)

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          • Robin Marie Hibl

            Good for you! And, keep up the great work!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Thanks! :)

  19. Emily McKinnon

    So. Sorry, y’all. I don’t think this is gonna work after all. I might be staying out of this contest this time.. *le sigh*. I’ll certainly try, but no guarantees.

    I hope all of y’all’s entries are coming along! Good luckeveryne! :)

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    • Mia Coleman

      there’s still time…

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Well, I sent in my new entry… I did that one off of English. I’m not completely over-taken with it, but…I don’t wanna have to rewrite it for the 50th time, haha. XD ;)

        Have you gotten anywhere with yours? :)

        Reply
        • Mia Coleman

          yay! just finished my first draft!

          Reply
          • Emily McKinnon

            Woohoo!! Way to go, girl! ;) What did you end up doing yours off of again? :)

          • Mia Coleman

            Englishhhhhhhh

          • Emily McKinnon

            YAS!!!! So did I!!!!!! 0.o ;) :P

  20. Noelle

    Good luck everyone! And I wish everyone a good competition!

    Reply
    • Mia Coleman

      good luck to you too!

      Reply
      • Noelle

        which one are you doing?

        Reply
        • Mia Coleman

          English. What about you?

          Reply
          • Noelle

            I’ll do Science :)

          • Mia Coleman

            I like science too, if it’s not full of math :D

    • Emily McKinnon

      Same to you as well, Noelle! :D

      Reply
  21. Mia Coleman

    Ugh I’m pressed for time again! Why do I let this happen to myself?! I had all Spring after all :|

    Reply
    • Emily McKinnon

      Ah, procrastination. Lovely this time of year, no? XD ;)

      Reply
      • Mia Coleman

        Haha and yes

        Reply
        • Emily McKinnon

          LOL! Isn’t it so terribly awesome? ;) :P

          Reply
  22. Mia Coleman

    I finished my first draft!

    Reply
    • Emily McKinnon

      Woohoo! Way to go, Mia!! :)

      Reply
  23. Emily McKinnon

    Finished and sent it in forever ago….not confident in it. I was so rushed! Trying to pack for a roadtrip and trying to make the essay come out good was hard, let me tell you. ;)

    Good luck everyone! And may the best entry win!! :) <3

    Reply
    • Mia Coleman

      Hip hip! I just finished mine, too!!!!! :D

      Reply
      • Emily McKinnon

        WHAT?! *high five* :D woot woot!!!! Good luck, girl! What’d you do yours on? :)

        Reply
        • Amelia Coleman

          Literature. That’s what you did, right? Good thing we’re not in the same grade…you would win :)

          Reply
          • Emily McKinnon

            Nice! Oh, haha, no. I did mine off of English. But, even then, I hate it. I’m considering rewriting it, sending it in and telling them to ignore the last entry of mine…. think it’ll work? I just really don’t like how rushed I was. Granted now I only have a matter of hours to fix my entry, but that’s okay! ;) Lol, yeah right, Mia. You’d win no matter what the grade is. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Great job getting it rewritten in time! And…oh please, you say that every time yet I’ve yet to win a single contest on here… lol YOU will win!!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            *phew* thanks! ;) And I’m always right, am I not? XD :p Lol, here we go again. XD I will not!!! YOU WILL!!!!!!!!!

          • Amelia Coleman

            How bout we both might or might not? :D

          • Emily McKinnon

            Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellll, fine. ;) :P Deal?

          • Amelia Coleman

            Deal. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            *claps hands* goody, goody. :P

          • Amelia Coleman

            Lol – the stressful thing about writing about English is that your essay had better be good to prove you really like it/are good at it :D

          • Emily McKinnon

            LOL!!! Haha, IKR?! THat’s what I kept thinking while I was writing it. I was like: “oh shoot–there needs to be a comma after that!” ;) XD

          • Amelia Coleman

            Lol
            That’s also funny – my friend always has a hard time with commas in essays. What gives?

          • Emily McKinnon

            Hahaha!
            What do you mean, haha? :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            I’m sure yours is great! Don’t worry too much, Em!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Well, I just sent in my newer version. Hopefully, they won’t enter in the wrong one. :/

          • Amelia Coleman

            I betcha both are good.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Heehee, don’t think so. I just hope that they know which one to keep and which one to not. ;)

  24. Mia Coleman

    How did you enter? I can’t see a place…

    Reply
    • Amelia Coleman

      nvm, I’m entered! :D

      Reply
  25. Emily McKinnon

    @JoeyBarron00:disqus @sonjahiserman:disqus@disqus_Hy1K2HWYVy:disqus@disqus_UptY72fOni:disqus@gisellefaber:disqus@disqus_PMpLH6m9aS:disqus @immanuelportus:disqus @elodiepierlot:disqus have y’all entered yet? What subjects did y’all choose? :)

    Reply
    • Amelia Coleman

      Yes and literature!!!

      Reply
      • Emily McKinnon

        Awesome!! I think I’m taking Literature next Grade. :) Fun subject? :)

        Reply
        • Amelia Coleman

          Well, I mean literature as in English. I think it’s standard for 9th grade. You probably already did it…?

          Reply
          • Emily McKinnon

            I guess that I might have. But, in 9th Grade, it was called: “Grammar and Composition”, and English, haha. XD :)

          • Mandy E.

            YAY!!! the deadline was extended!!! I never wrote mine. oops. Alright now to make some time for it. I’m going to do Spanish.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Awesome!!! I think mine’s okey dokey now, so…I’m content with leaving mine. :) Cool!!! Let me know how it goes!! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            I have that, too. I have grammar and lit.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Ah, okay! Maybe I just called it something different, haha. XD You’re going into 10th soon, right? :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            In theory… *falls asleep with face in science book*
            Sorry just tired :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            LOL! C’mon, Mia! You got this! :) <3 I believe in you!! :)

    • Immanuel Portus

      Hi EMI, hi guys!
      I entered mine!
      God bless you all

      Reply
      • Emily McKinnon

        Hey Imman The Great! ;)
        Awesome! What did you do yours off of? :)

        Reply
      • Noelle

        Hey Em, also hi guys! I’m did science…though I don’t think I submitted mine in early enough….oh well. We have been soo busy this last month, I didn’t really have time to do it :(
        @immanuelportus:disqus God bless you too!!

        Reply
        • Noelle

          Oh, I still have time to submit it in, I just read it!

          Reply
          • Amelia Coleman

            good luck! what grade are you in?

          • Noelle

            10 grade, hby?

          • Amelia Coleman

            I’m in 9th (going into 10th next year).

        • Emily McKinnon

          Howdy, Noelle!!!! Same! I know exactly how you feel! I bet yours is gonna be a winner!! :)

          Wait, you’re in 11th Grade, right? oh, no!! You’re gonna beat me!!! ;)

          Reply
      • Amelia Coleman

        Hey Imman! We missed you!

        Reply
  26. Emily McKinnon

    Hey there! I just realized that I sent in my new entry, and I forgot to mention: could you please ignore the entry before that one? They are both, unfortunately, titled the same. But, if you need any help figuring out which one to keep and which one not to, please let me know! The one sent in just today is the one I wish to use in the contest!!!!!!! So, PLEASE do not enter the one beforehand!!!! Thank you!!!

    Reply
    • Robin Marie Hibl

      I just sent you an email to verify, if you would let me know there the answer to my question, that would be great. :)

      Reply
      • Emily McKinnon

        Oh, okay. Thanks! I will look into it right away! :)

        Reply
    • Amelia Coleman

      Way to get it in, Emi!!

      Reply
      • Emily McKinnon

        Haha, thanks Mia. ;) I had to set French off to the side for about an hour to write it all, but I think it actually came out fairly well. So here’s hoping again! XD

        Reply
        • Amelia Coleman

          Great!! I wonder how similar ours were…what was your thesis statement?

          Reply
          • Emily McKinnon

            Well, I can’t tell. I mean, that would be cheating, wouldn’t it? ;)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Well, I already sent in mine, so no…but we already worked this out <3

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha, yepers, sure did. ;) <3

  27. Robin Marie Hibl

    Special Announcement about the Seton Summer Quarter Essay Contest:

    The deadline for entries has been extended until Friday, June 16.

    In their beneficence, the Bayley Bulletin editors have extended the deadline for the Essay Contest. They think that we have not promoted the contest as vigorously as we usually do. To that end, they have sent Seton staff to the rooftop to send once more the news via email and other methods.

    For those who have already entered, your diligence has been duly noted.

    Godspeed,
    Jim Shanley

    Reply
  28. Radonomistry

    Sorry to submit this question to close to the deadline, but is it acceptable to write about a Seton course from middle school? Or are topics limited to high school courses?

    Reply
    • Robin Marie Hibl

      Although there aren’t any cash prizes for middle school submission, I’m sure the judges would be happy to review it,

      Reply
  29. onelittlepebble

    Hi my name is Claire Amaya and I submitted mine under 10th grade and I’m not sure if I should submit under 11th which is the grade I’m going into??

    Reply
    • Amelia Coleman

      I think the grade you just finished, since this contest started in the spring when we were all in school. That’s what I did.

      Reply
    • Emily McKinnon

      Hey Claire! I honestly had a similar problem at the last contest(and this one), and I was told to select whichever grade I was more comfortable with. :)

      Reply
    • Robin Marie Hibl

      HI, Claire! It should be your current grade when you submitted your entry, so for 10th grade. Thank you for checking, and good luck! :)

      Reply
  30. Emily McKinnon

    So…when will we know the First Round-ers?

    ~or rather, when does the contest even start? Thanks! :)

    Reply
  31. Emily McKinnon

    What subject did everyone choose? :)

    Oh, and good luck y’all! <3

    Reply
    • Mandy E.

      I never got to writing mine :/ Well, maybe next time! Good luck to everyone!

      Reply
      • Emily McKinnon

        Oh no! I;m sorry to hear that! :'( Yes, definitely! We’d better see your amazing work next contest! ;) <3

        Reply
  32. Robin Marie Hibl

    Hi, everyone! We are excited to have so many entries for the Summer Contest! We are looking over the submissions, and they are great! We will announce the First Round Winners on Monday, June 26th!

    Reply
    • Emily McKinnon

      Thank you so much! :) God Bless!!!

      Reply
  33. Amelia Coleman

    So excited for round 1! :) <3

    Reply
    • Emily McKinnon

      Me too!! Can’t wait to see the winners, and to read all the essays!!!! Good luck everyone!!! <3

      Reply
  34. Emily McKinnon

    I’m a little confused. Is this Round One? Or the complete finalists? I thought that each grade level was different–like in the Spring Short Story contest.–how there was a winner from each grade. Have the contests changed? Are they no longer doing winners per grade?

    Reply
    • Amelia Coleman

      Will there be a 1st and 2nd place from all of these entries?

      Reply
      • Emily McKinnon

        Are we all competing against each other now? I’m so confused….

        Reply
        • Robin Marie Hibl

          For this contest, we have gathered all of the finalists in one round, and winners will be chosen from this group. There aren’t necessarily a first and second place winner from each grade. As mentioned in the rules, there is the potential for first and second place finalists for each grade. It depends on receiving enough entries of merit in each grade level.

          Reply
          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh. Okay. Thanks. Sorry, I’m not used to the contests being like this. Are we not seperated by our gades like usual then? Thanks…

          • Robin Marie Hibl

            It’s really just the same as before, but we have simplified how we have listed the finalist. Other rules still apply. We’ve always had the rule that there have to be enough good entries for there to be different places in each grade. Sorry for any confusion. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Okay, um.. Are there still 3 rounds? Is this only the first round? Haha, no problem. Thank you for all your help! :)

          • Robin Marie Hibl

            Hi, Emily! No, not three rounds this time – it has been simplified a little bit. The winners will be chosen from this first level. The judges are working on reviewing all of the great entries! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Thank you!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh okay! Alrighty, now it makes sense, haha! Thank you so much!! I’m sorry if I asked too many questions, haha. I was just a little confused. Thanks again, and God Bless!!! :) <3

  35. Mandy E.

    Congrats to all!! I look forward to seeing your work!

    Reply
    • Emily McKinnon

      Thanks Mandy! <3

      Reply
  36. Clare

    Congrats to the finalists!

    Reply
    • Amelia Coleman

      Did you enter, Clare?

      Reply
      • Clare

        No I didn’t have time ;)

        Reply
        • Amelia Coleman

          Aw man :( Maybe next time!

          Reply
          • Clare

            Maybe ;)

        • Emily McKinnon

          aw, too bad! It would’ve been fun to compete against you. ;)

          Reply
  37. Amelia Coleman

    Any idea as to when exactly the winners will be announced?

    Reply
    • Noelle

      I wish I new when the winners would be announced. Good luck!
      God bless!

      Reply
      • Amelia Coleman

        Good luck to you too!

        Reply
      • Emily McKinnon

        Me too!! I just wanna see the winners and their entries!!!! ;) XD

        Reply
  38. Robin Marie Hibl

    Hi, everyone! Hope you had a happy 4th of July! Let me check with the judges, and I’ll see if I can get some news for you by tomorrow morning. :)

    Reply
    • Amelia Coleman

      Thank you so much! We’ve been excited :D

      Reply
  39. Robin Marie Hibl

    Hello, again! The judges are working hard reviewing your contest entries! We are hoping to announce the winners on Monday, July 17! Have a great day! :)

    Reply
  40. Amelia Coleman

    One last week, everyone!!! :D

    Reply
  41. Jansen Lyons

    Wow, so many great looking entries!! Congrats and thanks to everyone who participated! God bless you all!

    Reply
  42. Amelia Coleman

    Anyone else been anxiously waiting on here all day? :P :)

    Reply
  43. Robin Marie Hibl

    Congratulations to all of our winners, and all of the students for doing a great job with this contest! Be on the lookout for these great essays to be posted in the next week or so!

    Reply
  44. Jansen Lyons

    Great job everyone!! Can’t wait to read all the essays. God bless everyone!

    Reply
  45. Amelia Coleman

    Looking forward to reading the winners’!

    Reply
  46. Emily McKinnon

    Well done, everyone! And congratulations to the winners! Y”all did some amazing work writing those essays! i can’t wait to compete with you all again next contest time! :) God bless!

    @disqus_Hy1K2HWYVy:disqus: totally not the only one here with fingers crossed for another short story contest, right? XD :P

    Reply
    • Amelia Coleman

      Totally not :) I’m personally dying to try poetry, though, and of course photography would be my dream come true… ;) ;)

      Reply
      • Emily McKinnon

        Yeah, same here. but, I’m in such a great writing mode, now! ;) XD I really kinda hope that they do another short story contest. Those ones always attract so many high schoolers, plus it’s loads of fun!!! :D

        Reply
        • Amelia Coleman

          Maybe we could have a Fall basket thing like they did for Winter… except this time swap out the essays for photography <3

          Reply
          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh, that would be SO much fun!!! Haha! Well, I’d be fine with either/or. ;) I just really really really want to compete in another Short Story Contest. I feel like those ones are always the most…(what’s the word I’m looking for here?…)intense, (per se). You know? Like, there are always so many people to compete against, and they’re the most exciting, (imo, at least)! Ugh, now i really wanna write… XD <3

          • Amelia Coleman

            If you say so ;)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Guess I’m the only one thinking this… *oops* XD :P

          • Amelia Coleman

            No no, it’s just that I would be happy doing anything :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah, I suppose I would too. I don’t know. *shrug* I just love writing stories, so I guess that’s always top on my list. ;)

  47. Emily McKinnon

    So, when is the next contest? ;) :P

    Reply
  48. Immanuel Portus

    Congratulations everyone!

    Keep on writing and inspiring one another and others with the art of words!
    Thank you Seton Staff for another great contest!

    God bless!

    Reply
  49. Emily McKinnon

    @rhibl:disqus @When will the next contest be? Will there be an Autumn-time one? (I can’t recall if they’ve done so in the past…) Thank you, and God Bless! :)

    Reply
    • Amelia Coleman

      I hope there’s a Christmas contest! I check this site every day for new contests :)

      Reply
      • Emily McKinnon

        Yeah, me too! Only, i haven’t seen any contests in a loooooong time…. :/ But, I sure do hope there is one! :)

        Reply

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