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Photo provided by Robert Chasuk --  Serra Club of Baton Rouge Annual Essay Contest grand prize winner David Chauvin, center, is joined by his mother, Cindy Chauvin, and Serra Club President William Francioni, right.

The Serra Club of Baton Rouge recently announced the winners of its annual essay contest.

The club’s essay contest, held annually, is open to all Catholic schools and Catholic home-schooled sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students, a news release said.

The Serra Club’s primary purpose is to foster religious vocations, the release said. The club meets every first and third Friday of the month after the 6 a.m. Mass at St. Agnes Catholic Church.

David Chauvin, an eighth-grader with the Holy Family Homeschoolers Association, was named the grand prize winner and received $250 and an inscribed plaque. The assigned topic for this year’s essay contest was “How to Live the Year of Mercy.”

David’s essay was selected from essays sent in from Catholic diocesan schools and the Holy Family Homeschoolers Association.

Each school selected its top three essays to submit to the judging committee who then awarded first-place plaques for the best essay from each school. Winners were:

- Karsen Sala, St. Jean Vianney Catholic School

- Sara Mayeux , St. Theresa of Avila Middle

- Karalyn Thomas, St. John School

- Melanie Dietrich, Our Lady of Mercy School

- Anna Beatty, St. Thomas More Catholic School

- Louie Viallon, Ascension Catholic Diocesan Regional School

- Brynn Furgeson, St. Peter Chanel

- Nicholas Fanguy, Catholic High School

- Sophia Polozola, St. Jude School

- Emma Gary, Most Blessed Sacrament School