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Students Creatively Express Lessons of the Holocaust

June 11, 2014


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“Back in Time” took first place honors in the 3D Visual Art category for Pennbrook Middle School student Grace Nicodemus. Photo by Hank Kalinowski.

Middle and high school students from Delaware Valley public, private and parochial schools were recognized recently for their creative expression of the lessons of the Holocaust.

The top winners in the Mordechai Aniel­ewicz Creative Arts Competition received United States Savings Bonds for their poetry, prose, painting, sculpture, music, dance and video entries, which reflected the relevance of the Shoah to contemporary social and political issues.

More than 200 students, teachers and principals attended the awards ceremony for the competition, which was created by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia in 1973 to honor the memory of the young leader who led the Jewish uprising against Nazi tyranny in the Warsaw Ghetto.

It was held at the Moore College of Art and Design in Center City Philadelphia, where all entrants’works are exhibited.

First prize art winners are: Chrissie Fackenthall, Strath Haven Middle School, seventh- and eighth-grade two-dimensional art; Brooke Jones, Pennbrook Middle School, ninth- and 10th-grade two-dimensional art; Grace Nico­demus, Pennbrook Middle School, ninth- and 10th-grade three-dimensional art; Alison Ferver, Padua Academy, 11th- and 12th-grade two-dimensional art; and Madeline McKay, Lower Merion High School, 11th- and 12th-grade three-dimensional art.

Benjamin Newman, a student at Main Line Reform Temple, won the film prize in the seventh- and eighth-grade category, while Lana Kalinowski and Christina Shragher of Gwy­nedd Mercy Academy were the prize winners in the ninth- and 10th-grade film category.

Pennbrook Middle School ninth-graders Max Altomare, Natalie Kulak, William Snow and Joseph Urban were the winners in the music category. Zack Gharrafi, a student at Cedarbrook Middle School, placed first in the seventh- and eighth-grade poetry category, while Sherjeel Arif, a student at Central High School, was the first place prize winner in the ninth- and 10th-grade poetry category.

Rachel Banner, a student at Cedarbrook Middle School, took first place in the seventh- and eighth-grade prose category, and Penn­brook Middle School student Henry Hoffman placed first in the prose category for ninth-and 10th-graders.

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