Editor’s Note: The Cardinal Newman Society recently announced Jace Griffith of Idaho Falls High School in Idaho as the winner of the Society’s first annual Essay Scholarship Contest for Catholic college-bound students. Griffith will receive a $5,000 scholarship toward her education at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan this fall. Below is the full text of Griffith’s winning essay. More information about the Contest can be obtained here.
I was fifteen the first time I attended the Idaho Catholic Youth Conference. Two thousand Catholic teenagers packed into a school auditorium. We were a community of similar age and similar beliefs, and on Friday