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Essay Contest Requirements

Each year, the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) brings Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis together to answer the Gospel call of Christ to serve others.  In an effort to share the good news about the Appeal’s impact in our community and to promote the involvement of our young people in the life of the local Church, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the Annual Catholic Appeal Council invite any Junior who attends a Catholic High School in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to participate in the 2020-2021 ACA Essay Scholarship Contest.


The essays selected will be judged according to the manner in which the participant addresses the following questions:

  1. Why is it important for me and all the Catholics of the Archdiocese of St. Louis to   come together to participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal?
  2. What does “Stewardship” mean to me, and how do I practice it in my life?
  3. How are people in my own community and/or throughout the Archdiocese impacted by the ACA? 

Submission Criteria

The essay should be limited to 3-5 typed pages double-spaced. The heading on each essay should be as follows: student name and title (including Mr. or Miss), name of school, home address, city, state, zip, phone number, and his/her parish.

Selected judges will review the essays submitted and rank the scholarship recipients for your high school in the order of first ($1,000), second ($750) and third ($500) places. Scholarships will only be granted for essays meeting all requirements.

Because of the pandemic, there will not an the usual award ceremony. Each student will receive a certificate, a journal, and a gift card and their picture will be posted in the St. Louis Review. 

Research Suggestions

Below are a few research suggestions for students who are looking for help in getting started.

  1. Video and Brochures for the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal.  (Sent under separate     cover.)
  2. Website for the Annual Catholic Appeal at ACA.
  3. Many of the ministries supported by the Appeal have their own websites, such as the Office of Youth Ministry at St Louis Youth Group.
  4. Many ministries supported by the Appeal would be happy to talk to the students         writing the essays. The inside of the brochure has a complete listing along with     contact information for each supported ministry.
  5. The St. Louis Review often has articles about the Appeal.

2020-2021 Essay Winners

      1st Place: Anna Schwartz     2nd Place: Lacci Gibbar       3rd Place: Dustin Roth

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We have determined dates and venues for spring dances. Golden Gala will be held on February 27 at the SVHS Gym. Masks will be worn so feel free to match with dresses or shirts and ties.

Prom will be held on April 24 at Split Rock Venue (same as homecoming).

Be sure to follow the dress code in the student handbook when shopping for dance attire.

Please see below message regarding Golden Gala:

We are excited to inform you that SVHS is hosting "The Golden Gala" again on Saturday, February 27. The dance will be at SVHS Gym from 7:00 - 10:30 p.m. The dress code is SEMI-formal. This means NO formal gowns, NO tuxedos, NO suits, etc. Dress code will be STRICTLY enforced. Please do not feel that you need to make a hair appointment, make up appointment, etc. This is a simple semi-formal dance.

There WILL be a "The Golden Gala Court" and "King & Queen " crowning. One male and one female representative from each class will be voted for prior to "The Golden Gala". The class with the MOST attendance (based on class percentage) up until crowning will be the class representatives that are crowned "King & Queen". Crowning will be at 10:00 p.m. Homecoming court is not eligible to be on Golden Gala Court. If you are a freshman-junior and are chosen for court, you WILL still be eligible for Homecoming and Prom court for future. If you are a senior and are on Golden Gala Court, you will not be eligible for Prom Court.

Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, February 10 during lunch. Tickets will be $10.00 each.

Each SV student attending the dance will need a permission form that can be picked up in the High School office or printed below. This form is due NO LATER than February 19th. Form is also attached.

If you are currently dating someone from another school and wish to bring them, a permission form can be picked up in the HS Office and MUST be turned in NO LATER than February 19th. Form is also attached. These will be reviewed upon turning in and students will be notified if it is not approved.

Please be mindful that we are very lucky to be able to host the Golden Gala during a pandemic and this is possible by all students and families complying with our COVID policies.

Concessions will be available to purchase at dance.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Wheeler at 573-547-4300 ext. 230 or Mrs. House at 573-547-4300 ext. 237.

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TTEF will not host in-person support sessions this year. TTEF has made application guides available for parents online in English and Spanish at their website: ttef-stl.org/info-for-parents. New AND re-applying family scholarship instructions are attached. Please read carefully.

The deadline for Beyond Sunday, Alive in Christ, Catholic Families Tuition Assistance is February 26.

All links to scholarships have been posted below.

Families have the opportunity to apply for all the scholarships listed below using the unified online application. To make the process easier for families and schools, one application is now being used for all scholarships funded by the Catholic Education Office, the Today & Tomorrow Educational Foundation, and the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri. The Scholarship Office at TTEF will review your application and determine your family’s award(s) based on eligibility for the different programs.

NOTE: Any family who would like to be considered for these programs, even if they are applying for re-qualification for one of these scholarships, must apply between January 11th and February 26th, 2021. Up to 130 new awards will be available in the Beyond Sunday Elementary School Program, primarily in Kindergarten

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**Please note : In order to be eligible for parish assistance you MUST apply for TTEF Scholarships.

If you know someone who plans to start or continue their journey through education at Saint Vincent Schools for the 2021-2022 school year, please share this information with them.

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