Chapman University sponsors an annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest. The contest promotes a deeper understanding of the Holocaust by connecting students to Holocaust survivors through survivors' personal testimony. Students listen to survivor testimonies and create poetry, prose, art, or film in response to an assigned prompt. Ms. Deloyola encourages her 9th-grade students to participate in the contest and may only submit three entries total for the entire school.
For this year's contest, the students responded to the following prompt:
"As you listen to the survivor’s or rescuer’s testimony, and as you reflect on the stories they tell, write down a specific word, phrase, or sentence that speaks to the inner strength of this individual and the role of connectedness in sustaining strength.
As the person now entrusted with this individual’s memory, through your creativity in art, poetry, prose, or film, explore this word, phrase or sentence as central to the survivor’s or rescuer’s story, your understanding of the Holocaust, and your own search for inner and shared strength during the Covid-19 pandemic."
Angie Ahrendt's poem Dared to Be Different is the 2nd Place Winner in Poetry division and Jiya Patel's
was a finalist in the same category. Paige Samson's His Hope completed the three entries for our school.
Congratulations to all our students who entered the contest! These students took advantage of an opportunity to engage and connect personal testimonies to their own search for meaning during these trying times.
The contest is open to all students. Any student interested in entering the 23rd Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest in 2022 can connect with Ms. Deloyola.
Angelina (Angie) Ahrendt
2nd Place Winner in Poetry division