GrandPrize "Reflections of Jesus" by Dong Phung, Diocese of
The illustration depicts Jesus teaching children; young people
helping Jesus carry his cross; children sharing loaves and fishes; and two
youths rescuing a sheep. The image portrays the role of young people in working
to address poverty. With a "spirit of solidarity and voluntarism . . . all of
us have to unite and support one another in order to advance a better future, a
Dong receive the award
at the National Catholic Youth Conference (begin watching at minute 116).
2nd Place, Grades 7-9
"Si Se Puede" by Kara Hoffman,
Diocese of St. Petersburg
The artist attended a community action event by Faith Action for
Strength Together, a group of churches that receives funding from the Catholic
Campaign for Human Development. She learned about migrant workers' struggles to
overcome poverty by advocating for fair wages and workers' rights.
2nd Place, Grades 10-12
"Heart in Hands" by Julianne Poisy,
Diocese of Worcester
"The figure is holding the heart to
represent solidarity. Humans should take care of one another and treat one
another with respect…. It represents empowerment because it shows how each
person has the ability to take care of someone with love no matter what their
situation. We are all connected as one human family no matter what our 'story'
3rd Place, Grades 7-9
"Lend a Hand" by Reyers Bruscoe, Diocese of Albany
"Have you ever been afraid and the simple act of someone taking your hand in
theirs made you less afraid? Any problem or obstacle that we face can be
overcome if we work together. The simple act of joining hands with another
empowers both people and is the first step to moving forward. My song calls for
all people to work together to fulfill the mission of CCHD to bring justice to
all and end poverty."
Place, Grades 10-12
"Insert Community Here" by Joe
Garrett, Diocese of Nashville
"You walk around Nashville and see areas
that buildings were built, but the area that was there before was a community,
and when the building was built, many people of the old community went into
poverty...The message of my art is that we as a community need to stop saying
we are going to do something. We need to actually do something."
Honorable Mention "Community—Working Together, Growing
Together" by Elyse Sheppard, Kyle Benkel, Jordan Downs, Sam Driscoll, Isabel
Vasquez, Emily Dormady, Evan Anderson, Lindsay Staudt, and Nicole Breske,
Diocese of Orlando
This entry shows what "ideal" community
would look like "if we applied Catholic social teaching to overcome poverty
through education, cooperation, Christian love, respect for others, and
building a community that lifts people out of poverty."