2013 Art & Writing Contest

HMLC Announces Winners of the Art & Writing Contest for 2013. 

Visual Arts Division I – Middle School

First Place          Never Forget, Allee Crabb, Puxico Junior High School, 8th Grade

Second Place      Jewish Boy Lost - Aubrey Thornsberry, Lasalle Springs Middle, 8th Grade

Third Place          Survivor - Ali Cornelius, Puxico Junior High School, 8th Grade

The following students received an Honorable Mention for their work:

He Caused Pain and Death – Elena R. Ball, St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School,8th Grade

Down the Line – Miranda Cuker, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, 8th Grade

History Repeats – Elizabeth Fish, Lasalle Springs Middle, 8th Grade

Wishes Never Granted – Ashley Hagan, St. Clement of Rome, 6th Grade

The Holocaust- Hayley Huntley, LaSalle Springs Middle , 8th Grade

Reaching the Past, Living the Present…, Ethan Price, Mascoutah Middle, 8th Grade

Courage - Brady Youngl, Fort Zumwalt South Middle, 8th Grande

Visual Arts – Division 2 High School

First Place            Oceans of Voices- Erica Tomalini, St. Piux X High School, 12th Grade

Second Place        L’dor V’dor,Samantha Weil, Ladue Horton Watkins High School,12th Grade

Third Place            Star of Peace , Victoria Tu, Glenbrook North High, Northbrook IL, 12th Grade

The following student received an Honorable Mention for his work:

Untitled- Jonathan Parker, Christian Brothers College High School, 12th Grade

Writing Division 1- Middle School

First Place           Ruined in Hope , Esther Plants,North Kirkwood Middle, 8th Grade

Second Place       Prisoners’s Prayer – Jonah David Wright, North Kirkwood Middle, 8th Grade

Third Place           The Prisoner – Madeleine Harres, Columbia Middle School, 8th Grade

The following student received an Honorable Mention for her work:

Untitled – Stella Grace Khazzam, Peoria Academy, Peoria, IL, 8th Grade

Writing Division 2 – High School

First Place              Shoes Meant for Dancing, Melanie Brucker , Parkway North Highl, 9th Grade

Second Place          Stripes, Neal Santo , Christian Brothers College High School 12th Grade

Third Place              We Are Still Here…Excerpts from a Journal Capturing the March of the Living,

Samantha Weil, Ladue Horton Watkins High, 12th Grade

The following students received Honorable Mentions for their work:

Untold Hero, Seung-Hyun Jung, Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook IL, 9th Grade

The Traitor, Ryan Schweitzer, Hillsboro High School, 11th Grade

This is Why, Barbar Muench, Carlyle High School, Carlyle, IL, 12th Grade

Three Keys to Survival, Cooper Vogt, Christian Brothers College High School, 11th Grade

The competition is dedicated to the memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and is sponsored by Dr. Ira* and Judy Gall in honor of their grandchildren.

* of Blessed Memory

There are two divisions for both art and writing categories: Division 1: 6-8th grade; Division 2: 9-12th grade.

Topics may include:

  • Acts of courage and heroism

  • Resistance and rescue
  • The consequences of indifference
  • Persecution, intolerance and injustice
  • Preserving humanity in situations of great adversity
  • History and lessons of the Holocaust

Each student may submit only one writing and one art entry.

The Writing Contest: This contest welcomes poems, newspaper articles, stories, plays /dialogues or essays. Entries may not exceed 1,000 words, must be double-spaced and typed on one side of the paper. Please use paper clips – no staples. Three copies must be submitted. The judges will evaluate the entry on content, originality and quality of expression and accuracy.

The Art Competition: This includes sculptures, drawings, photographs, paintings, posters, a collage or 5-minute videos or DVDs. All charcoal, chalk and pastels must be treated with fixatives. The work must represent the independent effort of the student. It may not exceed the dimensions of 20 inches X 20 inches. A sculpture entry may not exceed 18 inches X 18 inches X 18 inches. The work will be judged for creativity, excellence and content.

Entries will be disqualified for plagiarism.  First, second and third place winners will be chosen in both Writing and Art Categories in each division. 

Prizes: First place— $300 and a certificate; Second place— $200 and a certificate; Third place— $100 and a certificate, and Honorable Mentions— $25 and a certificate. 

All entries remain the property of the Museum and will not be returned. By participating, the Museum has permission to publish winning entries in brochures, flyers, other Museum publications and exhibitions. Photo reproductions of winning entries may also be made available to the news media. Winning entries will be displayed at the Holocaust Museum, on the community website, www.jewishinstlouis.org and at other St. Louis area locations.