Statewide Contest Sponsored by NSU and the Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, Inc.
By learning from the past, we enrich our future. Nova Southeastern University (NSU) joined forces with the Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, Inc. to sponsor the first Holocaust Reflection Contest, a statewide student essay, artwork, and film competition focusing on Holocaust education. Winners were recently announced at an award ceremony on NSU’s main campus.
Participating students from middle and high schools across Florida studied Holocaust survivor testimonials then created original essays, poems, visual art pieces and films inspired by what they learned. Winners in each genre included:
|Category||Student Name||Grade||School||Name of Winning Entry|
|High School Art||Helen Villarreal||12||JOHN I. LEONARD HIGH SCHOOL, Greenacres, FL||Remembrance|
|High School Essay/Poem||Garrett Gold||9||PALM BEACH CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL, Wellington, FL||Thanking God|
|High School Film||Ariel Desler||12||UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF NSU, Davie, FL||Never Forget|
|Middle School Art||Dominique Deer||8||VILLA MADONNA, Tampa, FL||The Bliss of Hope|
|Middle School Essay/Poem||Elijah Bishop||8||ANNUNCIATION CATHOLIC SCHOOL, Middleburg, FL||Faith! Hope! Love!|
|Middle School Film||Nina Gulati||8||ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CATHOLIC SCHOOL, Ft. Myers||The Holocaust: A Poem Collection|
Each of the winners has been awarded an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and other historic sites as well as the opportunity to participate in meetings with national and international dignitaries, accompanied by their parent/guardian and a teacher.
At the awards ceremony, the winning students had their work recognized by George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., president and CEO, NSU; Ralph Rogers, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president of academic affairs, NSU; Craig R. Weiner, president, Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, Inc.; Nan Rich, former Florida State Senator and Senate minority leader as well as Program Directors and Directors of Holocaust Education and Diversity for Orange County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County Public School Systems. More importantly, the winning students were recognized by Holocaust survivors who attended the ceremony.
“This contest offers a wonderful and unique opportunity for Florida students to share their personal point of view about a most significant time in the world’s history through creative writing and artistic expression,” said Rogers. “NSU is proud to be a part of this important learning and teaching experience.”
A photo gallery of the event and winners can be viewed at the Holocaust Reflection Contest website: www.nova.edu/HolocaustContest.