Pennsylvanians for Human Life
Youth for Life Art and Essay Contest

2010 to Present

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2016


2016 Youth for Life Art and Essay Contest Winners

Sponsored by Pennsylvanians for Human Life, Scranton Chapter


2016 Youth for Life Art and Essay Contest Winners
First Row (seated left to right):
Justin Toporcer, Emily Dougherty, Jordan Stiles, and Sarah Skoronski. (All four study at Good Shepherd Academy, Larksville.)
Second Row (standing left to right):
Timothy Sica, Madison Township, homeschooled, Patrick Sullivan, All Saints Academy, Scranton, Doug Walsh, All Saints Academy, and Susan Cirba, Education Director of Pennsylvanians for Human Life, Scranton Chapter.


2016 Contest Winners PDF

2014


Youth for Life Art and Essay Contest Winners for 2014

Contest Sponsored by Pennsylvanians for Human Life


Youth for Life Art and Essay Contest Winners for 2014
Left to right first row:
Hope Little, Holy Family Academy Hazleton, Mary La Fata, Wilkes-Barre, homeschooled, Theresa Dutter, All Saints Academy, Scranton, and Gianna Sacchetti, LaSalle Academy, Jessup
Second row:
Susan Cirba, Pennsylvanians for Human Life, Joshua Walker, All Saints Academy, Scranton, Matt Gregorowicz, LaSalle Academy, Jessup and Leslie Hessmiller, All Saints Academy, Scranton.

Art Contest Winners

 

First- Ryan Chapman - Hazleton, PA - Holy Family Academy, Hazleton

Second- Matthew Gregorowicz - Jessup, PA - La Salle Academy, Jessup

Third - Mary La Fata - Wilkes-Barre, PA - homeschooled

Fourth - Estrella Gonzalez - Scranton, PA - All Saints Academy, Scranton

 

Honorable Mention

Christina Capparell - Hazleton, PA - Holy Family Academy, Hazleton

Joshua Walker - Scranton, PA - All Saints Academy, Scranton

Noah Wickenheiser - Cresco, PA - Monsignor McHugh School, Cresco.

 

Junior Division Essay - Grade 7

 

First - Theresa Dutter - Clarks Summit, PA - All Saints Academy, Scranton

Second- Marisol Monacelli - Scranton, PA -Northeast Intermediate School

Third- Gianna Sacchetti - Dickson City, PA - LaSalle Academy, Jessup

Fourth - Angelina Huffman - Scranton, PA - homeschooled

 

Honorable Mention

Ericka Pica - Scranton, PA -All Saints Academy, Scranton

Leslie Hessmiller - Scranton, PA - All Saints Academy, Scranton

Kaylee Magda - All Saints Academy, Scranton

 

Senior Division Essay - Grade 8-12

 

First - Hope Little - Hazel Township -Holy Family Academy, Hazleton

Second - Christina Capparell - Hazleton, PA - Holy Family Academy, Hazleton

Third - Luke Fiscus - Scranton, PA -All Saints Academy, Scranton

Fourth - Katherine Rojas - Scranton, PA - homeschooled

 

Honorable Mention

Mary Huffman - Scranton, PA - homeschooled

Nicholas Jennings - Honesdale, PA - Honesdale High School, Honesdale

Brooke Yacubeck -Hazleton, PA - Holy Family Academy, Hazleton

2013

Art and Essay Contest Winners for 2013

The Eleventh Annual Youth for Life Art and Essay Contest winners are listed below.  The theme of the 2013 contest was "Why I’m Thankful My Mom Chose Life" 

 

Art Contest Winners

1st - Leah Rogan – North Abington Twp.– homeschoooled – Grade 9

2nd-Jessica DriesseDingman's Ferry– Canaan Christian Academy - Gr. 9

3rd -Julia Baruchy –Scranton-- St. Mary of Mount Carmel - Grade 7

4th -Meghan Healey – Scranton – All Saints Academy – Grade 8

5th -Therese Aronica – Dunmorre – Dunmore High School – Grade 11

     

Honorable Mention for Art

Cassie GronckiScranton – All Saints Academy – Grade 8

Sarah ZwiebelScranton – All Saints Academy – Grade 8

Courtney Devens - Wyoming - not listed - Grade 8

Nicole Wartella - Duryea - Holy Rosary - Grade 7

 

Senior Division Essay Contest Winners for 2013

1st- Meghan WittenbraderLake Ariel – Canaan Christian Academy–Gr. 9

2nd- Nicholas Jennings–Honesdale–St. John the Evangelist Parish– Gr. 9

3rd- Katelyn Warren – Moscow - Canaan Christian Academy– Grade 10

4th- Daniel Burke – Moosic - Scranton Preparatory School – Grade 10 

 

Honorable Mention for Senior Essay

Sami Beals - Honesdale -Canaan Christian Academy - Grade 10

Nick La Rasa - Clifton Beach Twp.- Canaan Christian Academy - Grade 9

Christine Brannon - Old Forge - Holy Cross High School - Grade 9

 

Junior Division Essay Contest Winners for 2013

1st - Sarah Stec - Dallas - homeschooled - Grade 8

2nd – Mary Huffman - Scranton - homeschooled - Grade 7

3rd – Dylan Grimm - Waymart - Canaan Christian Academy – Grade 8

4th - Paul Marmo - Old Forge - All Saints Academy – Grade 8

5th - Emily Mazur - Duryea - Holy Rosary School - Grade 8

 

Honorable Mention for Junior Essay

Amanda Alfano - Scranton - All Saints Academy - Grade 7

Casey Skelton - Lake Ariel - Canaan Christian Academy - Grade 7

Gianna Davison - Shickshinny - homeschooled - Grade 8


Susan Cirba with 2013 Art Essay Contest Winners

2012

The Tenth Annual (2012)

Youth for Life Art and Essay Contest
Sponsored by:
Pennsylvanians for Human Life, Scranton Chapter

 

Theme: "How can I show love and respect for unborn babies, and the elderly and disabled persons?" or "How has the pro-life movement (or a pro-life individual or leader) shown love and respect for unborn babies, and the elderly and disabled persons?"

Winners in the Youth for Life Art Contest include Therese Aronica, Dunmore High School, who won first place, Randie Kuhar, St. Jude's, Mountaintop, second place, and Katherine Ferreira of Clarks Summit and Rachel Jones, St. Jude's , Mountaintop, who tied for third place. Other prize winners in art are Leah Rogan, N. Abington Twp., fourth, Anna Vergara, Msgr. McHugh School, fifth and Emily Hons, St. Jude Mountaintop, sixth place. Students receiving Honorable Mention in Art are Amanda Utter, Valley View Middle School, Nina Mucciolo, Holy Rosary, Duryea, and Victoria Yatko, All Saints Academy, Scranton.

Miss Aronica's first place entry was a pencil drawing of a mother looking lovingly at her newborn baby with the quote, "Compassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer." Randie Kuhar, depicted three powerful symbols, the rose, a symbol of the pro-life movement, the cross, the symbol of Christianity, and the heart, a symbol of love in brilliant colors. This year there was a tie for third place. Katherine Ferreira created a brilliantly colored portrayal of the source of a prayer warrior's strength. Rachel Jones's pencil drawing of an infant happily playing with his blanket asked the poignant question, "What if this baby died before he could live?

Winners of the Youth for Life Essay Contest's Senior Division were Abbie Sebastianelli first place, Christina Brannon, third, Angelo Mancinelli fourth place. Molly Cerep and Julia Haefele received Honorable Mention. All five attended All Saints Academy in Scranton. The second place winner, Amanda Marchese, attended Forest City Regional School, and Eddie Gregorowicz, fifth place, attended La Salle Academy. Alison Barrett, Scranton High, and Autumn Kaminski, St. Jude's Mountaintop tied for sixth place while Matthew Marsh and Alexa Menichelli of Holy Rosary in Duryea both received Honorable Mention.

2012 Art and Essay Contest Senior Division Winners

 

Place                      Student      Name                School                             Teacher Name

 

First                        Abbie         Sebastianelli     All Saints Academy          Mrs. Mullen

Second                   Amanda     Marchese          Forest City Regional       

Third                       Christina   Brannon            All Saints Academy          Mrs. Mullen

Fourth                     Angelo       Mancinelli         All Saints Academy          Mrs.Mullen

Fifth                        Eddie         Gregorowicz     La Salle Academy            Mr. Hrimchak

Sixth (tie)                Alison        Barrett              Scranton High School     

Sixth (tie)                Autumn     Kaminski           St. Jude School               Mrs. M. Baran

Honorable Mention   Matthew    Parpara             Msgr. McHugh               

Honorable Mention   Molly         Cerep                All Saints Academy          Ms. Mullen

Honorable Mention   Julia          Haefele              All Saints Academy          Mrs. Mullen

Honorable Mention   Matthew    Marsh                Holy Rosary                    Mrs. Brady

Honorable Mention   Alexa         Menichelli         Holy Rosary                    Mrs. Brady

Essay Contest Winners for 2012- Junior Division

First: Braden Burrier, Scranton - 7th grade - All Saints Academy- Mrs. Mullen

Second: Patrick Belardi, Scranton - 7th grade - All Saints Academy- Mrs. Mullen

Third: Anna Vergara, Tannersville - 7th grade - Msgr. McHugh - Mrs. Torregrossa

Fourth: Emilia Pelletier, East Stroudsburg - 7th grade - Msgr. McHugh - Mrs. Torregrossa

Fifth (tie): Meghan Healey, Scranton - 7th grade - All Saints Academy- Mrs. Mullen

Fifth (tie): Julie Chropswicki - 7th grade - Holy Rosary, Duryea - Mrs. Snyder

Sixth (tie): Cassie Groncki, Scranton - 7th grade - All Saints Academy - Mrs. Mullen

Sixth (tie): Nate Fiala, Scranton - 7th grade - All Saints Academy - Mrs. Mullen

Honorable Mention

Cory Miller, Scranton - 7th - All Saints - Mrs. Mullen

Ben Covey, Scranton - 7th - All Saints - Mrs. Mullen

Collin Halagarda 7th Holy Rosary, Duryea - Mrs. Snyder

Andrew Thompson, Stroudsburg -7th grade - Msgr. McHugh - Mrs. Breen

2011


Spring 2011 – The Ninth Annual

Youth for Life

Art and Essay Contest

Sponsored by:

Pennsylvanians for Human Life, Scranton Chapter

(Students may choose Theme I or II)

Theme I: The Miracle of Life in the Womb
or
Theme II: The Right to Life, Our Most Fundamental Human Right

Students from grades 7 to 12 who attended public, religious, or private schools, or were home-schooled were eligible. Susan Cirba, Education Director for the Scranton Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life has announced the following winners.

Youth for Life Art Contest Winners - Junior Division

  1. First Place – Katherine Ferreira - Clarks Summit - homeschooled
  2. Second Place – Cara Griffith - Dickson City - LaSalle Academy
  3. Third Place – Emma Cigra - Carbondale - Sacred Heart Elementary
  4. Fourth Place – Leah Rogan - Dalton - homeschooled
  5. Fifth Place – Mark Roche - Carbondale - Sacred Heart Elementary
  6. Honorable Mention:
    • Megan Mosher - Jermyn - Sacred Heart Elementary
    • Anya Maximov - Lake Ariel - La Salle Academy
    • Girard Mirabelli - Tunkhannock - Nativity BVM CCD

Youth for Life Art Contest Senior Division Winners

  1. First Place – Alana Androvette - Williamsport - St. John Neumann Regional Academy

Youth for Life Essay Contest Junior Division Winners

  1. First Place – Andrew Colaiezzi - Scranton - St. Paul's School
  2. Second Place – Aileen Barrett - Scranton - St. Paul's School
  3. Third Place – Christina Brannon - Old Forge - All Saints Academy
  4. Fourth Place – Edward Mazaleski - Scranton - St. Paul's School
  5. Fifth Place – John Keenan - Scranton - All Saints Academy
  6. Sixth Place – Tyra Renzini - Scranton - St. Paul's School
  7. Honorable Mention:
    • Sarah Eanana - Olyphant - LaSalle Academy
    • Monica Schaffern - Scranton - St. Paul's School
    • Jake Dempsey - Scranton - St. Paul's School
    • Abbey Bloom - Scranton - St. Paul's School

Youth for Life Essay Contest Senior Division Winners

  1. First Place – Alison Barrett - Scranton - St. Paul's School
  2. Second Place – Michael Zelna - Greenfield Twp - Sacred Heart Elementary
  3. Third Place – Kate Paterson - Scranton - St. Paul's School
  4. Fourth Place – Rochelle Dymond - Northwest Area High School
  5. Fifth Place – Emily LaFata - Laflin - homeschooled
  6. Sixth Place – Bobby Casey - Scranton - St. Paul's School
  7. Honorable Mention:
    • Sam Piorkowski - Mayfield - Sacred Heart Elementary
    • Hugh Doherty - Scranton - St. Paul's School
    • Nico Sacchetti - Dickson City - La Salle Academy
    • Jack Notarianni - Dunmore - St. Paul's School

Susan Cirba with contest winners from St. Paul's School


2011 Art Essay Contest Winners

2010


Spring 2010 – The Eighth Annual

Youth for Life

Art and Essay Contest

Sponsored by:

Pennsylvanians for Human Life, Scranton Chapter

Theme: "I’m Thankful My Mom Chose Life"

Students from grades 7 to 12 who attend public, religious, or private schools, or are home-schooled were eligible. Susan Cirba, Education Director for the Scranton Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life has announced the following winners.

Youth for Life Art Contest Winners - Junior Division
Grades Seven and Eight

  1. First Place – Josh Jackson, Scranton, PA - Marian Catholic
  2. Second Place – Alia Gestl, Pittston, PA - St. Mary’s Assumption
  3. Third Place – Katherine G. Ferreira, Clarks Summit, PA - homeschooled
  4. Fourth Place – Emily Carr, Elmhurst, PA - Geneva School
  5. Fifth Place – Nicholas Chaump, Pittston, PA - St. Mary’s Assumption
  6. Honorable Mention:
    • Maura Serio - Archbald, PA - Geneva School
    • Michael Wasko - Old Forge, PA - Holy Rosary School
    • Arianna Zawacki - Old Forge, PA - St. Rose Academy
    • Aly Seechock - Scranton, PA - Marian Catholic

Youth for Life Art Contest Senior Division Winners
Grades Nine through Twelve

  1. First Place – Genevieve Walker, Waverly, PA - Scranton Preparatory
  2. Second Place – Claire Cummings, Jefferson Township, PA - North Pocono
  3. Third Place – Tiffany Bobeck - Hazle Township, PA -Marian Catholic

Youth for Life Essay Contest Junior Division Winners
Grades Seven and Eight

  1. First Place – McKinnon Coleman, Dunmore, PA - St. Clare/St. Paul
  2. Second Place – Jack Shean, Scranton, PA - St. Mary of Mt Carmel
  3. Third Place – Emily Okrepkie, Clarks Summit, PA - Our Lady of Peace
  4. Fourth Place – Zachary Foley-McGinty, Dunmore, PA - St. Clare/St. Paul
  5. Fifth Place – Julie May - Dickson City, PA - Mid-Valley
  6. Honorable Mention:
    • Christian Opsasnick, Scranton, PA - St. Clare/St. Paul
    • Austin Zehel, Scranton, PA - St. Clare/St. Paul
    • Paul Ciaccia III, Harvey’s Lake, PA - homeschooled
    • Yulia Galet - Duryea, PA - Holy Rosary
    • Tinnina Atherton-Ely - Old Forge, PA - St. Clare/St. Paul

Youth for Life Essay Contest Senior Division Winners
Grades Nine Through Twelve

  1. First Place – Anna Chiumento, Yatesville, PA
  2. Second Place – Robert Lisowski, Old Forge, PA - Holy Cross
  3. Third Place – John Michael Occhipinti, Dickson City, PA - Holy Cross
  4. Fourth Place – Luke Baniello, Scranton, PA - Holy Cross
  5. Fifth Place – Stephen Gadomski, Plains, PA - Holy Redeemer
  6. Honorable Mention:
    • Hannah Bewick, Moscow, PA
    • Helen Boyle, Dunmore, PA - Holy Cross
    • John Jordan Balko, Scranton, PA - Holy Cross


Click here for contest winner photos

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2009


The Seventh Annual

Youth for Life

Art and Essay Contest

Spring 2009

Sponsored by:

Pennsylvanians for Human Life, Scranton Chapter

Theme: "Why I’m Proud to Be Pro-Life"

Students from grades 7 to 12 who attend public, religious, or private schools, or are home-schooled were eligible. Susan Cirba, Education Director for the Scranton Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life has announced the following winners.

Essay Contest Winners

  1. First Place – Ashlee Dougher – Scranton – Scranton Prep – Grade 10
  2. Second Place – Kristin Eberhart – Archbald – Valley View High – Grade 11
  3. Third Place – Natalie Wentz – Nicholson – Homeschooled – Grade 12
  4. Fourth Place – (three way tie)
    1. Stevie Tayntor – Moosic – Riverside Jr. Sr. High – Grade 8
    2. Ann Marie Wempa – Trucksville – Holy Redeemer High – Grade 10
    3. Elizabeth Casey – Scranton – Scranton Prep – Grade 11
  5. Honorable Mention for Essays
    1. Emelia Ford – South Canaan – Homeschooled – Grade 9
    2. Alex Havirlak – Archbald – Valley View High – Grade 11
    3. Megan Walsh – Archbald – Valley View High – Grade 12
    4. Briana Galea – Eynon – Valley View High – Grade 10
    5. Sarah Frantz - Clarks Summit – Abington Heights – Grade 11

Art Contest Winners for 2009

  1. First Place - Patrick Kelly – Clarks Summit – Summit Christian Academy – Grade 10
  2. Second Place – Julie May – Dickson City – Mid Valley Middle School – Grade 8
  3. Third Place – Therese Aronica – Dunmore - Dunmore Middle School – Grade 7
  4. Fourth Place – Stevie Tayntor – Moosic - Riverside Junior-Senior High – Grade 8

2008


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2006


The Fifth Annual Youth for Life Essay Contest
Sponsored by:
Pennsylvanians for Human Life Scranton Chapter

Theme for 2006: "All Human Life is Precious Whether Young or Old, Disabled, Sick or Well, Born or Unborn"
Students from grades 7 through 12 may enter.

Two $100 first prize gift certificates are awarded in two categories. Two $50 second prize gift certificates and two $25 third prize gift certificates are to be awarded in two categories.

2006 Essay Contest
Students interested in entering the 2006 Essay Contest should read the following suggestions first. Students are encouraged to consider what life would be like if they had a permanent disability or sickness. Students may use their experience of a temporary disability such as a broken leg, hospital stay or illness. Or spend the day doing your daily chores using only one hand. Students may read and comment on the story of Kate Adamson and her disability. The Story of Kate's Journey Or use their experience volunteering at a nursing home or with physically or mentally challenged children as the basis for their essay. No matter what suggestion the student follows, the essay should reflect the value and unique contributions of each human life.

For A Contest Application click here. Contest Application

Senior Division Art Contest
Winners 2005 - Grades 9-12
First Place - Jennifer Scott
Bishop Hannan , Scranton
Second Place - Molly Weber
Bishop Hannan, Scranton
Third Place- Catherine Cicco
Bishop Hannan, Scranton
Honorable Mention
Lauren Peluacci, Scranton Prep
April Atkinson, Bishop Hannan
Kathryn Mary Prislupski, Bishop Hannan

Junior Division Art Contest
Winners 2005- Grades 7-8
First Place – Natalie R. Wentz
Nicholson, Home Educated
Second Place – Adriana Ganci
Monsignor McHugh School
Third Place- Hillary Rossi
Monsignor McHugh School
Honorable Mention
Alisha Howell, Canaan Christian Academy
Emily Jones, Pope John Paul II School
Nikki Bonzey, Monsignor McHugh School

Senior Division Essay
Winners 2005 - Grades 9-12
First Place – Georgio DeLuca
Seton Catholic, Pittston
Second Place – Nathan R. Wentz
Home Educated, Nicholson
Third Place- Bailey Cholko
Bishop O’Hara, Dunmore
Honorable Mention
Emil Cmaylo, Scranton
Ashley Davis, Seton Catholic
Kelly Rafferty, Bishop Hannan
Lauren Gillenkirk, Saylorsburg

Junior Division Essay
Winners Grades 7-8
First Place – Robert Lisowski
St. Mary’s School, Old Forge
Second Place – Thom Stickney
Monsignor McHugh , Cresco
Third Place – Greylan Heffernan
All Saints Academy
Honorable Mention
Courtney Swingle, Canaan Christian Academy
Ruth Michele Butts, Olyphant, Homeschooled
Corey Melisky, All Saints Academy

















Baby Shower Collection Update 11/21/2005 - Thank you to all who helped promote our Baby Shower for Hurricane Katrina Flood Victims and to all the individuals who have contributed baby items. We are in the process of packing the boxes. Each box is prepared for a girl or boy from newborn to 2 years and includes diapers, diaper wipes, bottles, sip cups, baby lotion, baby oil, baby powder, formula, and baby shirts, outfits and other items of clothing.

I would like to especially thank my daughter Linda Cirba who is doing the bulk of the work as her senior service hours project. I also want to thank the mothers club of St. Mary's Byzantine Church in Scranton and the pastors and school principals who promoted our Baby Shower Collection.

National Right to Life has a similar project called Operation Baby Box. Individuals who would like to participate may visit www.nrlc.org/CPCHelp/OperationBabyBox.html for details.

Update on “Baby Shower” to Help New Mom’s & Babies In Areas Hit by Hurricane Katrina 1/30/2006 - In Scranton, a “Baby Shower” planned to aid the victims of hurricane Katrina, collected nearly three dozen boxes of baby items. Spearheaded by Linda Cirba, a senior at Bishop Hannan High School, the “Baby Shower” was held in October and November 2005 to provide babies' needs for the little ones whose families lost everything in the hurricane. Items included diapers, baby wipes, bottles, baby formula, baby clothes new and used and baby blankets, sweaters and maternity clothes. The items are being shipped to and will be distributed several Pregnancy Care Centers in Louisiana and Mississippi. Already 77 pounds of baby items have been shipped with two more shipments planned. These items will help meet the needs of pregnant mothers and new moms and their babies displaced by hurricane Katrina.

You can still help through Operation Baby Box by visiting www.nrlc.org/CPCHelp/OperationBabyBox.html



2005

Pennsylvanians for Human Life

Art & Essay Contest Winners - 2005

"The Right to Life:The Most Fundamental Human Right"

A special award for creativity was given to Marikate Sullivan and Amy Muth, who created a power point presentation on the computer

Senior Division Essay Winners - Grades 9-12

First Place – Georgio Deluca, Seton Catholic, Pittston

Second Place – Nathan R. Wentz, Home Educated, Nicholson

Third Place – Bailey Cholko, Bishop O’Hara, Dunmore

Honorable Mention

Emil Cmaylo, Scranton

Ashley Davis, Seton Catholic

Kelly Rafferty, Bishop Hannan

Lauren Gillenkirk, Saylorsburg

Junior Division Essay Winners - Grades 7-8

First Place – Robert Lisowski, St. Mary’s School, Old Forge

Second Place – Thom Stickney, Monsignor McHugh, Cresco

Third Place – Greylan Heffernan, All Saints Academy

Honorable Mention

Courtney Swingle, Canaan Christian Academy

Ruth Michele Butts, Olyphant, Homeschooled

Corey Melisky , All Saints

Senior Division Art Contest Winners Grades 9-12

First Place – Jennifer Scott, Bishop Hannan, Scranton

Second Place – Molly Weber, Bishop Hannan, Scranton

Third Place – Catherine Cicco, Bishop Hannan, Scranton

Honorable Mention

Lauren Peluacci, Scranton Prep

April Atkinson, Bishop Hannan

Kathryn Mary Prislupski, Bishop Hannan

 

Junior Division Art Contest Winners – Grades 7-8

First Place – Natalie R. Wentz, Nicholson, Home Educated

Second Place – Adriana Ganci, Monsignor McHugh School

Third Place – Hillary Rossi

Honorable Mention

Alisha Howell, Canaan Christian Academy

Emily Jones, Pope John Paul II School

Nikki Bonzey, Monsignor McHugh School

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