Bernard Hogan Essay Contest

Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 is the annual sponsor of the Bernard A. “Barney” Hogan Essay Contest. The Essay Contest is open to all students in their junior year in the several Boone County public high schools.

The subject matter for the essay contest is generally a topic related to Freemasonry and some aspect of American history, government or culture.

Essays are due prior to the second Tuesday in April and winners are announced on the evening of the second Tuesday in May.

Cash prizes are awarded to the contest winners.

Previous winners are:

2017 – Brevin Martin – Cooper High School
2016 – Brooke Daugherty – Cooper High School
2015 – Christopher Sanders – Conner High School
2014 – Rachel Lietzow – Ryle High School
2013 – No Winner
2012 – Ivonne Ruiz – Ryle High School
2011 – Kelli Redding – Conner High School

The Essay Contest is named for our Past Master and former Boone County School Board Chairman, the late Bernard A. “Barney” Hogan. Bro. Hogan’s biography follows:


Born: February 28, 1928
Initiated: June 9, 1952
Passed: July 12, 1952
Raised: September 13, 1952
Died: October 31, 2008

Bro. Hogan was a lifelong resident of Boone County, Kentucky. He was the child of Joseph A. Hogan and Hilda Houston Hogan. He was a graduate of Hebron High School, the University of Kentucky and received an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Bro. Hogan and his wife, the former Patricia A. Helms, had one child – a daughter, Jacqueline K. Herrington.

Bro. Hogan was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Signal Corps during the Korean War. He worked as a Quality Control Manager for General Electric in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Cincinnati Reds.

Bro. Hogan served as Master of Petersburg Lodge No. 926 in 1959, 1963 and 1968. (On September 8, 2007, Petersburg Lodge No. 926 was Re-Named and Re-Chartered as Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926.)

Bro. Hogan served as a member of the Boone County School Board from January, 1969 to September, 1977 and was Chairman of the Boone County School Board from 1972 to 1974 and again from 1976 to 1977. Because of Bro. Hogan’s commitment to the education of students in the Boone County Schools, on February 14, 2012 Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 voted to name its annual essay contest, open to students in the Boone County Schools, in his honor.

Bro. Hogan was a member of Madison Avenue Christian Church in Covington, Kentucky.

Bro. Hogan’s devotion to his Church, his family, his country, his community and to the ideals of Masonry continue to make him an example and an inspiration to his family, friends and fellow Masons.

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