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IFI Fatherhood Essay Contest
List of past winners

YEAR

FATHER

STEP-FATHER

GRANDFATHER

FATHER-FIGURE

2017 Israel Garza, Jr
Essayist:  
Jacquelyn Garza
12th Grade
Grayslake North High School
Grayslake, IL
Francisco Gomez
Essayist:  
Joy Quezada
6th Grade
Rachel Carson School
Chicago, IL
Robert Lyles
     Essayist:  
Kameron Lyles
6th Grade
De La Salle Institute
Chicago, IL
Keithston Ferguson
Essayist:  
Qwayland McGowan
10th Grade
De La Salle Institute
Chicago, IL
2016 Matthew Monger
Essayist:  
Maeve Monger
7th Grade
OA Thorpe Scholastic Academy
Chicago, IL
Sandon Bate
Essayist:  
Melanie Villarmarzo
10th Grade
Lake Zurich High School
Lake Zurich, IL
Jim Vysoky
     Essayist:  
Grace Messing
6th Grade
Bridgeport Catholic Acad.
Chicago, IL
Zachary Reyes
Essayist:  
Jacob Reyes
5th Grade
St Benedict School
Blue Island, IL
2015  Ramon Martinez
Essayist:  
Jonathan Martinez
12 Grade
Evanston Township High School
Timothy MacFarlane
Essayist:  
Angelo Barajas
3rd Grade
George Washington Grade School
Antonio Bustos
     Essayist:  
Vianni Bustos
9th Grade
DeLaSalle Institute

Tommy Poreda
Essayist:  
Catherine O'Connor
7th Grade
St Juliana School
2014


Stephen Mostacchio
Essayist:  
Jaymie Mostacchio



Robert White
Essayist:  
Sarah Anson


Thomas Seleski
     Essayist:  
Michael Davito

                           


Luis Galvan
Essayist:  
Rodrigo Galvan

2013 Cordell Richardson
Essayist:  
Gabrielle Richardson
1st Grade
Cathedral Grade School
Belleville, IL
  
Eduardo Ramos
Essayist:  
Jasmine Amecuza
4th Grade
George Washington Elem
Chicago, IL
  
Autry Murray
Essayist:  
Ariel Jones
11th Grade
DeLaSalle Institute
Chicago, IL
  
Zachary Reyes 
Essayist:  
Jacob Reyes
2nd Grade
St Benedict School
Blue Island, IL
2012  David Izquierdo
Essayist:  
Victor Izquierdo
2nd Grade
Cathedral of St Raymond
Joliet, IL
  
Kenneth Young
Essayist:  
Maxine Mathis
10th Grade
De LaSalle Institute
Elmhurst, IL
  
George Sablotny
Essayist:  
Claire Chekytis
3rd Grade
Noonan Elementary Academy
Chicago, IL
  
John DiCosolo
Essayist:  
Madison Buczko
3rd Grade
Emerson Elementary School
New Lenox, IL
  
2011
John Kinnert
Essayist:  
Bridget Kinnert
1st Grade
Ridge Elementary School
Plainfield, IL
Kelly Baskin
  Essayist:
Takira Mack
11th Grade
Plainfield East H.S.
Plainfield, IL
 
Gil Spragg
Essayist: 
Alyssa Trinko
7th Grade
Independence J.H.
Palos Heights, IL
  

Michael Brady
 
 Essayist: 
Jonathan Halisz
 4th Grade
Bridgeport Catholic Academy
Chicago, IL
 



2010

Richard Flores
Essayist:  
Selena Flores
5th Grade
Mt Greenwood School
Chicago, IL

Michael Harris
  Essayist:
Jonathan Sanders
8th Grade
Richard Ira Jones M.S.
Plainfield, IL

Richard Corman
Essayist:
Sara Corman
8th Grade
George Washington School
Chicago, IL

Steven Rodriguez

Essayist:
Christina Rodrigue
5th Grade
St Francis of Rome School
Chicago, IL



2009

Bruce Davis
Essayist:  
Jonathan Davis
9th Grade
De La Salle Institute
Chicago, IL

Kris Plencner
  Essayist:
Wyatt Flynn
2nd Grade
Goodings Grove School
Homer Glen, IL

Phillip Gabel
Essayist:
Ashley Smialek
5th Grade
St Mary Star of the Sea
Chicago, IL

Robert Harvey, JR
 
Essayist:
Jorl Holms
9th Grade
De La Salle Institute
Chicago, IL


2008

Jim Barker
Essayist:  
Kelly Barker
5th Grade
St Alexander School
Palos Heights, IL

Booker Jones
  Essayist:
Jordan Rand
7th Grade
James Ward School
Chicago, IL

William Osborn
Essayist:
Paige Osborn
7th Grade
Neoga Junior High School
Neoga, IL

Corey Brown
 
Essayist:
Jordan Tillis,
4th Grade
Calvary Christian School
Naperville, IL



2007

Larry D. Muse
Essayist:
Charles
Muse
10th Grade

Chicago, IL
Osiris Dalcour
Essayist:
Diondre Mackerl
7th Grade
Chicago, IL
Patrick Mackey
Essayist:
Holly Lona
1st Grade

Alsip, IL
James Holley, Jr
Essayist:
Elijah Bivins
1st Grade

Chicago, IL
2006 Mark Triller
Orland Park, IL
Theodore Yancy
Romeovile, IL
Randy Sticha
Downers Grove, IL
Roland Radford
Country Club Hills, IL
2005 Edward Farley
Belleville, IL
Late Ric Carlson
New Lenox, IL
Arthur Williams
Chicago Heights, IL
Mario Elliot
Richton Park, IL
2004        
2003 Robert Reed
Romeovile, IL
James Neal
Evergreen Park, IL
Dominic Biondi
Chicago, IL
Terry Stewart
Riverdale, IL
2002 Michael Zedrick
Danville, IL
Franciso Borja
Chicago, IL
Donald Fletchner
Chicago, IL
Anthony Jackson
Midlothian, IL
2001 Tom Boseo
Manhattan, IL
William Gale
Forreston, IL
Wilfred Samson
Chicago, IL
Guadlaupe Portillo
Chicago, IL
2000 Paul Siegel Kenneth Reid Ted Sutkowski Gary Sinclair
1999 Jeff VanCamp
Quincy, IL
Dan Owens
Belleview, IL
Robert Bialk
Chicago, IL

Dearal Jordan
Chicago, IL
1998 Willie Anderson Greg Crowthers Don Pecho Mark Shubert
1997  Selwyn Williams, Sr
St Louis, IL
 
Frank Santana Jerry Wilson, Sr  David Garcia  
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