The Clarifying Cup

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The Clarifying Cup is a semi-annual competition between institutions for viewership on articles. For an in-depth list of our top articles, check out our Best of Fall 2019. This year, we are proud to announce the first ever winners. Below is an explanation for how the competition progresses:

  1. The school that gains the most amount of views among articles in a week (Monday through Sunday) gains 6 points
  2. Second place gets 5 points, third 4 points, etc.
  3. These points are compiled throughout the semester, and the institution with the most number of points wins the Clarifying Cup
  4. The individual with the most number of views per week is listed as an MVP, though this does not impact their status of the Thomas Aquinas Awards that are given to the articles with the most views

Here are the results of Week 15, the final week of the first ever Clarifying Cup!

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Congratulations to The Catholic University of America for winning the Clarifying Cup!

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The Thomas Aquinas
Cum Laude Award


Ariel Hobbs for her Who Cares about the Latin Mass?

The Thomas Aquinas
Magna Cum Laude Award


Liam O’Toole for his Joker: A Catholic Perspective

The Thomas Aquinas
Summa Cum Laude Award

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Gideon Lazar for his Why I Converted from Orthodoxy


Here is a list of first place winners and MVP’s by week:

Week 1: Catholic U / Gideon Lazar

Week 2: Catholic U / Gideon Lazar

Week 3: Catholic U / Gideon Lazar

Week 4: Catholic U / Gideon Lazar

Week 5: Catholic U / Rachel Le Melle

Week 6: Franciscan / Gideon Lazar

Week 7: Catholic U / Liam O’Toole

Week 8: Catholic U / Gideon Lazar

Week 9: Catholic U / Ariel Hobbs

Week 10: Catholic U / Kelsey Nowack

Week 11: Catholic U / Samuel Ng

Week 12: Catholic U / Natalie Bauman

Week 13: Catholic U / Gideon Lazar

Week 14: Franciscan / Faith Kowitz

Week 15: Franciscan / Faith Kowitz


The St. John Paul II Award

The St. John Paul II award is given to contributors who are instrumental in the process of expanding the project, and it can only be won once. The following individuals are being recognized for their dedication to Clarifying Catholicism.

Joe Bukuras for his foundational role in Clarifying Catholicism‘s expansion, as our first ever Executive of Organizational Development

Maddie Sanders for serving as Co-Director of Editing for two years

Jenna Drummond for serving as Co-Director of Editing for two years

GraceAnne Sullivan for recruiting many writers and staff from Franciscan University of Steubenville

Faith Kowitz for proposing and initiating expansive projects for Clarifying Catholicism

Rachel Alexander for managing the Clarifying Catholicism Facebook page, which nearly met its goal for expansion.

Before we conclude this semester’s content, we would like to express our sincerest thanks to all of you for helping our mission, which as you can see below, has expanded massively.

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Thank you very much for your continued support. God bless you, and have a Merry Christmas!

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