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Holocaust commemoration features speaker, student winners

4/18/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The city of Akron celebrated its 25th Holocaust Arts & Writing Awards and its 27th Holocaust Commemoration April 9 at the Akron-Summit County Main Library. The day also marked the unveiling of the program’s new logo, commemorative medals and pins, according to committee members.

This year’s theme was “Holocaust Survivors and Their Stories.”

This year’s speaker was child survivor Barbara Turkeltaub. She was smuggled out of her hometown in Lithuania by her mother and spent a short time with a farmer and his family before moving on to a Catholic convent and safety, according to event organizers.

The contest was open to students in Summit County in sixth through 12th grades. Students were able to enter the contest in one of three media types — writing, multimedia or visual art.

Winning students and their work also were recognized that day. First-place students and their teachers received an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the U.S. Holocaust Museum and other historic sites, according to commemoration committee members.

Winning artwork, multimedia and writing is on display at the library through April 26.

To make a donation to help defray the cost of the trip and contest prizes, visit akronohio.gov/holocaust2/.

Winners in the West Side Leader’s coverage area include:

  • Division I first place:
    √ Danielle Bender, Copley-Fairlawn Middle School, individual writing, “The Last Will and Testament of Levanah Goldstein”;
    √ Ellie Davis, Abigail Richardson and Megan Garro, Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, collaborative multimedia, “Holocaust Survivors”;
    √ Elia Meltzer, The Lippman School, individual art, “The Hidden Past”; and
    √ Sydney Weber, The Lippman School, individual art, “Unbound.”
  • Division II first place:
    √ Kelsey Frew, Our Lady of the Elms, individual writing, “Stories.”
  • Other Division I winners:
    The Lippman School
    √ Claire Bober, second place, individual multimedia, “But Don’t Lose Courage”;
    √ Katelynn Broadus-Fish, honorable mention, individual art, “Alone With Memories”;
    √ Eliana Kotradi, honorable mention, individual art, “Unanswered Questions”;
    √ Gerald Nusbaum, honorable mention, individual art, “Freedom at Last!”; and
    √ Martice Williams, honorable mention, individual art, “Never Going to Be the Same.”
    Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts
    √ Willow Freed, honorable mention, individual art, “Etched in Their Memory”;
    √ Codey Montecalvo, honorable mention, individual art, “Once a Number”;
    √ Luke Shaheen, fourth place, individual art, “Faces of Light”; and
    √ Emmanuel Skora, honorable mention, individual art, “A Survivor’s New Life.”
  • Other Division II winners:
    Archbishop Hoban High School
    √ Russell Bolender, fourth place, individual art, “Forever Together”;
    √ Caroline Brower, third place, individual art, “Lost Innocence”;
    √ Alexandra Diestel, honorable mention, individual art, “Strength”;
    √ Meghan Donohue, honorable mention, individual art, “Before. During. After.”;
    √ Sara Howard, honorable mention, individual art, “Heart: A Sign of Life”;
    √ Bridget Walker, honorable mention, individual art, “Reflection: Lost Humanity”; and
    √ Alissa Younes, honorable mention, individual art, “Broken Hearts.”
    Our Lady of the Elms High School
    √ Natasha Gilbert, honorable mention, individual art, “Always Remember, Never Forget”; and
    √ Hope Stevenson, second place, individual art, “Do You Remember?”
    St. Vincent-St. Mary High School
    √ Abrar Alniemi, honorable mention, individual art, “A Lonely Place”;
    √ Madison Beskitt, honorable mention, individual art, “The Land of Survivors”;
    √ Kimi Gough, honorable mention, individual art, “Never the Same”;
    √ Joseph Paolucci, fourth place, individual art, “Those With Weary Eyes”; and
    √ Joshua Vellequette, honorable mention, individual art, “An Unknown Life.”
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