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Annual Middle and High School Literary Arts and Video Competition

For 13 years, the Sister Rose Thering Fund has offered a statewide writing competition for high school students in New Jersey who have viewed and discussed the award-winning documentary Sister Rose's Passion. Information about and copies of the film are distributed to public, private and religious schools in cooperation with the New Jersey Commission for Holocaust Education.

For 2024, the Sister Rose Thering Fund is pleased to enhance the competition by broadening its submission categories. In addition to essays, poetry and video submissions will now be accepted.

A committee of readers evaluates the hundreds of submitted entries to determine winners, first and second place for each grade 7-12. The winners, their teachers and families are invited to a reception on the Seton Hall campus and receive certificates, gifts and monetary awards. 

Submissions for the Fourteenth Annual Essay Competition are being accepted with an entry deadline of Friday, February 2, 2024. The 2024 Essay Competition Announcement Letter and Guidelines can be found here »

As a reminder, essays can only be submitted by classroom teachers. Individual student submissions will not be considered for judging. Each submission needs to include the essay, a completed Student Essay Competition Application and a Student Release Form.