FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 1, 2021
QUEENS STUDENT PLACES THIRD IN NATIONAL PATRIOTIC ESSAY CONTEST
The Diocese of Brooklyn today announced that Olivia Mills, an eighth-grade student at Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy, located in the Astoria section of Queens, has won third place nationally in the 2021 Catholic War Veterans Patriotic Essay Contest.
The topic of this year’s essay contest was “What does the Pledge of Allegiance mean to you?” The national winners were selected from entries submitted to local chapters of the Catholic War Veterans by students of grades 6-8. The judging was based on the essay’s overall patriotic impact as well as skillful writing technique.
“Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy is honored by Olivia’s accomplishment, but we are most proud by how Olivia expressed in her essay her true love and appreciation for our Country,” said Brother Joseph Rocco, Principal.
Olivia Mills was awarded a bronze medal and monetary prize from the Catholic War Veterans, and a Special Citation presented to the school in honor of her achievement.
Photo #1- Olivia Mills of Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy proudly displaying her Catholic War Veterans honors.
Photo #2 – Olivia Mills joined by Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy Principal, Brother Joseph Rocco, and David Crum, the National Commander of the Catholic War Veterans of the USA.