"How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love." - BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA

Welcome to the
2018-19 Respect Life Youth Contest!

Contest Theme

EVERY LIFE
Cherished • Chosen • Sent

 for Level ONE-grades 7-8 & Level TWO-grades 9-12

The mission of the Respect Life Office is to enunciate and promote the principle that human life, at all stages from conception to natural death, is a gift from God, worthy of respect and protection.
All Catholic youth in grades 7 through 12 who live in the Diocese of Rockville Centre and/or attend Catholic elementary schools, high schools or parish programs are invited to participate.
To learn about different Respect Life issues visit

The 2019 Respect Life Office Youth Contest winners will be announced Monday, March 18, 2019 on the Respect Life Office website.

The office encourages schools and parishes to showcase their student finalists and winning entries along with promoting the mission for Respect for Life and Human Dignity.

Please join in celebration with Bishop John O. Barres at the televised 11:00 AM Mass on May 19th, 2019, at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre.

The Diocesan Respect Life Office Youth Contest winners, their families and teachers will be invited to an awards reception at Msgr. Kelly Hall following the Mass.

Thank you for your collaboration and efforts that support Respect for Life and Human Dignity.

Sincerely, The Respect Life Office

  • Ensure all entries must reflect a Respect Life issue, the contest theme and church teaching
  • Encourage originality and adherence to contest rules
  • Incorporate contest into school year curriculum
  • Only one entry per category, per school, per parish, for each level can be submitted. More than one entry in a category will disqualify the school in that category.

Cash awards are presented to first, second, and third place winners in each category and each level.

First Place $400.00  |  Second Place $250.00  |  Third Place $150.00

 

Schools will be notified of contest winners by the first week of March.

Contest Deadline

January 25, 2019

The 2019 Respect Life Office Youth Contest winners will be announced Monday, March 18, 2019 on the Respect Life Office website.

The office encourages schools and parishes to showcase their student finalists and winning entries along with promoting the mission for Respect for Life and Human Dignity.

All entries must be accompanied by the attached registration form signed by a parent or guardian, postmarked by January 25th, and mailed to the Respect Life Office at 50 North Park Ave, Rockville Centre, NY, 11571.

 To receive certificates of participation a list of all students who have entered the contest must be emailed by January 25, 2019 to dtellis@drvc.org.

 

Please join in celebration with Bishop John O. Barres at the televised 11:00 AM Mass on May 19th, 2019, at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre.

The Diocesan Respect Life Office Youth Contest winners, their families and teachers will be invited to an awards reception at Msgr. Kelly Hall following the Mass.

 

Thank you for your incredible efforts!

All forms provided can be reproduced for distribution to students. A sample bulletin announcement is provided in the general information section on this page.
*Please note – All entries, either uploaded to the website or mailed, must be accompanied by a completed registration form and if required a Video/Photo release form and category form.
  • Submit work that reflects a Respect Life issue, the contest theme and church teaching
  • Choose a category and work with your teacher
  • Fill out the attached registration form signed by your parents and teacher or pastor
  • Adhere to provided guidelines

All entries will be judged on originality and expression of thought in relation to the Catholic faith, a Respect Life topic, and the contest theme

EVERY LIFE

   Cherished • Chosen• Sent

Information on Respect life issues and concerns are available at: respectlife.drvc.org/our-issues/

Cash awards are presented to first, second and third place winners in each category and level.

First Place $400.00  |   Second Place  $250.00  |  Third Place $150.00

All students who participate in the contest  will receive a certificate of participation.      

 The registration form for each category must be signed by a parent or guardian.

  • Communicate with Directors of Religious Education to verify that only one entry per parish is submitted and that entries reflect the contest theme
  • Incorporate the contest theme into parish ministries
  • Help and guide students with entries
  • To learn about different Respect Life issues, visit our website at respectlife.drvc.org/our-issues/
  • Single spaced and typed in Times New Roman 12 point font
  • Limited to 400 words
  • One page with no pictures
  • Each student must submit a contest registration form.
  • Typed in Times New Roman 12 point font and limited to 21 lines
  • No images permitted
  • Each student must submit a contest registration form.
  • Lyrics must be the student’s original work, but the melody can be in the public domain
  • Submit a USB or CD to the Respect Life Office
  • Should not exceed 3 minutes
  • No video permitted
  • Each student must submit a contest registration form.
  • Need Inspiration? Visit the Respect Life Contest Winners Archive
  • Image size 8”x10” in color or black & white
  • Taken by the student; no collages
  • Accompanied by a completed category form and Video/Photo release form
  • Each student must submit a contest registration form.
  • Need Inspiration? Visit the Respect Life Contest Winners Archive
  • Submit a USB or CD to the Respect Life office
  • Video length should not exceed 3 minutes
  • Video is to be student’s original creation, including filming, editing, and audio
  • No PowerPoint presentations or slideshows
  • If choosing to interview a senior citizen:
    • Introduce the senior and explain your relationship
    • Encourage the senior citizen to share a powerful moment in their life that reflects a Respect Life issue
    • Ask what life advice the senior citizen would give to youth today
  • Accompanied by a Video/Photo release form
  • Each student must submit a contest registration form.
  • Need Inspiration? Visit the Respect Life Contest Winners Archive

Supported File Formats

  • .MOV
  • .MP4
  • .AVI
  • .WMV
  • .MPEG4

Video Design / Student-Senior Citizen Interview Resources

  • Entries should be hand drawn and submitted on the bookmark category form
  • Computer generated pictures will not be accepted
  • Each student must submit a contest registration form.
  • Need Inspiration? Visit the Respect Life Contest Winners Archive
  • For groups up to 4 students with school and names written on back
  • Completed on mural paper provided by the Respect Life Office; paper requests should be made no later than October 22nd  to dtellis@drvc.org
  • Must be original creation
  • Accompanied by separate registration forms for each student and one category form for the entire group
  • Need Inspiration? Visit the Respect Life Contest Winners Archive