Student Events and Contests
Newark Parade Contests for Students
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, Inc. is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Contest for Student Artists and Scholars.
“The Parade Committee is committed to ensuring that the students of the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese learn about the life of Patrick and the impact of the Irish on our State and our local Church,” said Michael D. Byrne, General Chairman of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, Inc. “The Committee believes that it is important to study the example of Saint Patrick and to encourage our children to emulate his life.”
In 2017, Newark’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates its 82nd year on the streets of Newark; a remarkable feat that makes Newark’s parade the oldest in the State.
The theme for the 2017 contests is “Camaraderie” – a fitting subject, since the 2017 Grand Marshal and Deputy Grand Marshal are Irish-Americans who represent Catholic high schools known for the fraternity and sisterhood they promote:
+ Grand Marshal Rev. Edwin D. Leahy, O.S.B., is Headmaster of St. Benedict’s Prep
where the motto is, “Whatever hurts my brother, hurts me & Whatever helps my brother, helps me.”
+ Deputy Grand Marshal Elizabeth “Betty” Sheehan Teevan is an alumna and
supporter of Saint Vincent Academy where the motto is, “Classmate by Chance, Sister by Choice.”
Students in elementary schools are invited to participate in an art contest while high school students can participate in an essay contest on the life of Saint Patrick.
Byrne said that the contests are a natural extension of the Committee’s mission to honor Saint Patrick in a very public way by parading in the state’s largest City. The contests are open to every student attending Catholic schools in the Archdiocese and are facilitated by the faculty of each participating school.
Prizes include cash prizes, the opportunity for winners to lead their schools’ contingent in the Parade and publication of winners’ work in the Parade Committee’s Souvenir Journal.
When the contests began in 2011, then-Archbishop Myers noted that the art and essay contests “are most welcome additions to the celebration that will highlight the excellent faith-based education programs that have long been a hallmark of the Archdiocese and the State of New Jersey.”
Best wishes to all the participants!