Blue Jays Win 2017 Essay Contest and a Trip to Valley Forge

Posted February 7, 2017 / Last updated February 9, 2017

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Blue Jay winners of the Freedom Foundation essay contest include (from left) sophomores Christopher Vuong, Jack Diliberto, and D.J. Ferrier.

Blue Jay winners of the Freedom Foundation essay contest include (from left) sophomores Christopher Vuong, Jack Diliberto, and D.J. Ferrier.

In January, nine students made submissions to the essay contest for the New Orleans chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (FFVF). These nine were the best of 63 essays written by Jesuit AP U.S. History students and were submitted to the contest among southeast Louisiana high schools.

Freedoms Foundation is a national patriotic organization whose purpose is to develop among young Americans an understanding and appreciation of the nature and benefits of freedom and the institution of a free society.

The nine Jesuit student essays were further cut by FFVF judges to three. Sophomores Jack Diliberto, D.J. Ferrier, and Christopher Vuong underwent personal interviews along with roughly a dozen other participants from area schools vying for nine available spots. All three Jesuit participants earned spots among the finalists, winning an all-expense paid trip to FFVF’s 4-day Leadership Conference. The conference, located in Valley Forge, PA, provides an intensive democratic experience for participants including a mock Congress, leadership workshops, historic tours, motivational speakers, and more — all designed to be fun while encouraging participants to reflect on their role as responsible citizens in a democratic society.

Jesuit history teacher Mr. Ron Rossi, who submitted the essays to FFVF, said that Jesuit has had a student winner every year that Jesuit has entered the competition. The winners will be flown to Philadelphia in April.