Anna Brest, a junior at Cary High School, took first place in Maryknoll magazine’s 27th annual Maryknoll Student Essay Contest. Maryknoll magazine is published by the Catholic Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.
The 2015 essay theme, “Mission of Mercy,” asked students to share real-life inspirational stories about mercy. Students also were asked to convey the lessons learned about the need for mercy in the world. The contest received close to 6,500 entries from students who competed in two divisions (grades six to eight and grades nine to 12).
Anna won the $1,000 Bishop Patrick J. Byrne Award, named for the Maryknoll missioner who died on a forced march in Korea in 1950. Her essay will be published in the May/June 2016 issue of Maryknoll magazine.
All six winning essays will be featured later this year in the Jubilee Year of Mercy exhibit at the Maryknoll Museum of Living Mission in Ossining, New York. They are also published online at maryknollsociety.org.