SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Knights of Columbus, South Plainfield Council, #6203, awarded the first place prize for their annual Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest to Mikayla Thompson. 

The topic was, “The Importance of Religious Freedom." Thompson was presented with a $50 check from the Knights of Columbus, who sponsored the contest, at their Dec. 6 meeting.  After receiving the top prize, Mikayla read her essay to the Knights members at the meeting and received much applause.

The contest judging was done by Knights, Tom Walsh, family director; Joe McGeehan, Grand Knight and Charlie Butrico, treasurer of South Plainfield Council #6203.

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The Knights next contest will be in the Spring which is the annual Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest.   The Knights encourage all South Plainfield’s youth to enter the poster contest, more information to follow in the coming months.

The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.9 million members in over 14,500 local councils.  Last year, Knights and their families donated 73.5 million volunteer hours and $175 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their Church, councils, communities, Culture of Life, families and young people.