Student Holocaust Writing, Art and Multi-media Contest

As part of its 27th Annual Community Holocaust Commemoration for Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance), the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation held a Student Holocaust Writing, Art, and Multi-Media contest.

Students in grades seven to 12 were invited to submit an original piece of poetry, narrative composition, art, or multi-media piece. Winners were announced at the annual Community Yom Hashoah Commemoration Ceremony held virtually this year on April 8.

Yom Hashoah is an internationally recognized day set aside for remembering all victims of the Holocaust and for reminding society what can happen to civilized people when bigotry, hatred, and indifference reign.

The theme for this year’s contest was “Torn From Home,” a reflection on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call “home” is part of the trauma faced by victims of genocide and persecution, and the difficulties survivors face as they try to find new homes and build new lives.

In keeping with historical themes and discussions held throughout the world, this year’s contest topic notes that in any campaign of genocide there are great losses, racial hatred has resurfaced again and again in the decades since the Holocaust, and that action must be taken to prevent atrocities and seek justice for victims of inhumane acts of hatred.

Winners are:

Grades 7-8

Jerome Straughter, Akiva Academy, First Place
Rachel Spalding, Austintown Middle School, Second Place
Hoda Mahone, Akiva Academy, Honorable Mention

Grades 11-12
Lainey Beichner, Boardman High School, First Place
Amelia Sapienza, Boardman High School, Second Place

Grades 7-8

Jordan Billups, Akiva Academy, First Place

Grades 9-10

William Oyler, Boardman High School, First Place
Dylan Barrett, Boardman High School, Second Place

Grades 11-12
Daniel Chiaberta, Boardman High School, First Place

Grades 7-8

Selah Sargent, Akiva Academy, First Place
Addison Silverman, Akiva Academy, Second Place
Cameron Silverman, Akiva Academy, Honorable Mention

Grades 9-10
Bianca Gancarz, Jackson Milton, First Place

Grades 11-12
Hayley Ho, Boardman High School, First Place
Louis Weiss, Great Rivers Connections Academy, Second Place

Grades 11-12

Tyler Richards, Boardman High School

The JCRC, the public affairs department of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, represents the Jewish communities of Mahoning and Trumbull Counties and of the Shenango Valley. Its mandate is to protect, preserve, and promote a just, democratic and pluralistic American society, and to safeguard the rights of Jews here, in Israel, and around the world.

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