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Students Honored by Knights of Columbus

Several Molloy students were recently honored by the Juniper Valley Council #14578 of the Knights of Columbus as winners and first runners up in their Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest. Congratulations to winners Philip Chrostowski ’24, Maya Cwalina ’21, Bronwyn Miller '23, and Sabrina Tsoupros ’22, and first runners up Gerard Casey ’21 and Cher Mei ’22. The essay prompt these students responded to was: “Discuss how trusting God during a difficult time has helped you or someone you know find the strength and hope to endure. Consider especially those times when it was a challenge to understand why something was happening, and any lessons about faith and hope you or someone you know may have learned from this experience.”

Finalists selected from Molloy’s winners will receive a small cash prize and move on to the state level of competition. From there, state finalists move on to an international judging panel where larger prizes become available. The contest aims to provide an opportunity for students to earn extra money for college while sharpening their writing skills.

On February 5th, Molloy hosted a brief, socially distanced presentation during which students were awarded certificates in-person and virtually. Joining in the presentation of certificates were Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Robert F. Schnell ’79, Joseph McAteer (Past Grand Knight) of the Juniper Valley Council, NYS Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. ’82, and Deacon Luis Taylor, Faithful Navigator of the General Stephen Moylan Assembly. Students who attended virtually received their certificates the following week on the days their cohorts were scheduled to attend school.

Special thanks to Mr. Schnell, Sen. Addabbo, Mr. McAteer, and Deacon Taylor, and congratulations once again to Philip, Maya, Bronwyn, Sabrina, Gerard, and Cher!


Founded on the principles of charity, unity and fraternity, the Knights of Columbus was established in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, CT, and a group of parishioners. Their intent was to bring financial aid and assistance to the sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Father McGivney’s Beatification towards sainthood was Saturday, October 31, 2020.

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