February 8, 2018

Pro-Life of Pioneer Valley to sponsor essay contest

By Sharon Roulier

Youth from the Springfield Diocese hold a banner at the Jan. 19 March for Life in Washington, D.C. (IObserve photo/Carolee McGrath)


SPRINGFIELD – Young people often grow up having heroes they admire and look up to. They may be sports figures, actors, or musicians.

Pro-life of Pioneer Valley is giving all students in grades four through 12 the opportunity to write about their pro-life heroes. The organization is sponsoring an essay contest for students in an effort to promote the pro-life cause.

“The mission of Pro-life of Pioneer Valley is pro-life education,” said contest coordinator Jim Brunault in an interview with Catholic Communications. Brunault said that for the second year in a row, the contest will be held to invite young people to express “what they already know about pro-life, why be involved in pro-life and their views on pro-life.”

The essay’s topic is “Your Pro-life Hero.”

“It will get young people involved in some research or maybe tell us the story of their family and friends and pro-life situations they have encountered in their lives where people have taken great action,” said Brunault.

The contest is divided into three categories: grade school; junior high and high school. Nine prizes will be awarded with a first, second and third prize in each category. First prize in each is $150; second prize is $75 and third prize is $50. In addition, prize winners will receive tickets to attend the Pro-life of Pioneer Valley Annual Breakfast on Saturday, April 28 at the Pioneer Valley Pro-life Chapter 8 Hall, 104 West State St., Granby.

For more information on the contest, or to download an application, visit; or call Jim Brunault at 413-627-3003.