After a thorough study of World War II and the Holocaust, the 8th grade students participated in the Yom HaShoah Creative Arts Contest sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center in Maitland. Out of the hundreds of students who participated in the contest, eight SBES students (see below) received special recognition for their pieces of art, poems, short stories, and essays at the Yom HaShoah Commemorative Ceremony in Maitland on May 1st, 2016.
On Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, people around the world reflect on the experiences of the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust and honor the survivors. Each year, the Holocaust Center in Maitland invites all K-12 students in Central Florida public, private, and home schools to participate in a contest that commemorates Yom HaShoah through the expression of a particular theme. This year, students were asked to consider Children in the Time of the Holocaust and what they can teach us about the world in which they lived.
Below are the eight students receiving special recognition and awards for their work:
- Jackson R. – First Place, Essay
- Savanna C. – First Place, Poetry
- Taylor B. – Second Place, Creative Writing
- Trevor S. – Third Place, Poetry
- Annie B. – Third Place, Art
- Micah H. – Honorable Mention, Art
- Valerie H. – Honorable Mention, Art
- Talia H. – Honorable Mention, Art