Two grand-prize winners, teacher to throw ceremonial first pitches in Vitae Osage County essay, video contest

The Vitae Foundation and the Alphonse J. Schwartze Community Foundation are cosponsoring an essay and video contest for students in Osage County to help young people stand up for the dignity and sanctity of all human life.
The contest is open to all eighth through 12th grade students who live in Osage County and who want to take a stand on life issues such abortion, bullying, or elderly and child abuse.
Each student who submits either an essay or a 30- to 60-second video infomercial will receive four box seat tickets to Osage County Night at the Ballpark on Thursday, July 27, when the Cardinals take on the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The contest’s two grand-prize winners will each throw out a ceremonial first pitch before the 6:15 p.m. game.
Three exciting, new prizes offered by the Cardinals in 2017 include rewarding two teachers with the highest student participation in the contest an opportunity to throw out a first pitch along with the student winners, an opportunity to watch batting practice from the field and a personal picture taken in the Cardinals dugout, as well as a VIP tour of Busch Stadium and passes to the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum.
Also new is every student who enters will be eligible for a drawing to win a $250 voucher, awarded by Vitae, to be used for an electronic item (iPad or laptop) to assist with their education.
Each teacher who has at least one student submit a qualifying submission will be eligible to win a $100 gift card provided by Vitae.
“We are excited to co-sponsor Vitae’s Essay Contest on Life Issues for a seventh straight year. We understand not every student likes to write, so this year we are adding a video category to the contest. We want every single Osage County student in grades 8 through 12 to share their creativity and join in our vision of a future where each life is respected and protected,” stated Vitae Senior Market Director Stacey Kromer.
The principal and teacher of the first-place grand prize and second-place grand prize winners will receive tickets to a luxury suite. Plus, the teacher whose class submits the most essays by percentage will receive suite tickets as well.
Eligible students include any eighth- through 12th-grader attending the following schools: Osage County R-I in Chamois; Osage County R-II in Linn; Osage County R-III (Fatima) in Westphalia; St. Joseph School in Westphalia; Sacred Heart School in Rich Fountain; Immaculate Conception School in Loose Creek; Holy Family School in Freeburg; St. George School in Linn; and St. Mary School in Frankenstein.
It also includes students who are homeschooled or attend school outside the county, for example those who live in Osage County and attend Helias Catholic High School.
All students must be residents of Osage County.
Contestants must compose an original handwritten or typed essay of 500 to 1,500 words or submit a 30- to 60-second video infomercial on any life issues topic. One submission per contestant is allowed.
Entries may be submitted by email to info@vitaefounda tion.org or mailed to Vitae and postmarked by 5 p.m. on June 16, 2017.
“We are grateful that the Alphonse J. Schwartze Community Foundation sees the value of helping us champion life through Cardinals Radio Network ads and the educational life issues contest,” said Mrs. Kromer. “Having the involvement of the St. Louis Cardinals is a wonderful way to engage the youth of Osage County and get them excited about respecting life values.”
For more details about the essay contest, go to www.vitae foundation.org/events or ask the principal of any participating Osage County school.

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