Four Saint Joseph School fifth-graders placed in the Catholic Daughters of the Americas 2023-24 National Education Contest by depicting how God’s love and kindness shine. 

Elizabeth McMillan placed first in the art category at the local and state levels. Stella van Hilst was awarded first place in poetry. Lillia Kelley and Vivienne Olsen placed second and third, respectively, in the art category. 

Students in grades four to 12, as well as adults, were invited to enter works reflecting one of two themes: “God’s love and kindness will shine upon us like the sun that rises in the sky” (Luke 1:78) or “How does my love shine for others?” Those in grades four and five could submit entries in essay, poetry, art or computer art forms. Those in grades six to 12 were invited to enter works in those genres, as well as music and photography, while adults could submit poems, art or photographs. Contestants could enter a category only once, but could submit entries in multiple categories.

Ten entries were submitted for judging by local Catholic Daughters Court 392. The first-place winners at that level were judged on the state level. McMillan and other state winners are being judged at the national level, winners of which will be announced on the Catholic Daughters website ( after Aug. 20.

The four Saint Joseph School winners were honored during the school’s monthly assembly on May 3 in the school gym. Mary Zygmunt, a member of Court 392 and a substitute teacher at SJS, presented them with certificates and monetary prizes.