2024 State winners of the Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest

By: John Hundiak - Mon, Feb 19, 2024 2:45 PM



The judging is finished and we have the winners of the 2023-2024 Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest winners for the jurisdiction of Michigan.

The theme this year was meaningful to the Church and all youth: ‘How can the Church evangelize in the digital

From across the state, over 40 essays were submitted from youth, grades 8 through 12, and judged on content, grammar, and style. Judging was done by high school level teachers.

The winners are:


Grade 8 - Alexander Boukouris of Farmington Hills. Alexander is sponsored by Council 4401 in District 112

Read Alexander's essay here

Grade 9 - Michela Crivela of Shelby Township. Michela is sponsored by Council 13983 in District 121

Read Michela's essay here

Grade 10 - Mia Shinaver of Ottawa Lake. Mia is sponsored by Council 8902 in District 102

Read Mia's essay here


Grade 11 - Mary Griffin of Shelby Township. Mary is sponsored by Council 13983 in District 121

Read Mary's essay here


Grade 12 – Marley Weems of Portland. Marley is sponsored by Council 2168 in District 301

Read Marley's essay here


These winning essays are now entered into the International level of competition at Supreme.

Please join me in congratulating the winners; as well as, thanking all those who participated in this year’s program!


John Hundiak
State Community Director