Holocaust Arts and Writing Contest in its 30th Year

Holocaust Arts
Posted on 03/23/2018
Holocaust ArtsBriel Sojourner
Students from Miller South School for the Visual & Performing Arts and from Firestone High School received first-place honors for their artwork in the City of Akron’s Holocaust Contest for art. This year’s theme was “The Lessons of the Holocaust: The Lives of the Children." Students from both schools created their vision of what the theme meant to them, in a variety of media. They also wrote an artist’s statement explaining their work. 

Miller South students received honors in the middle school division under the direction of Malia Tschantz and Alison Rich in mixed media and the printmaking process of paper lithography with added watercolor. Seventh-grader Briel Sojourner won first place for her piece Pray for the Children. Other honors in the middle school division went to Miller South students: Emery Fleischer, Second Place; Athena Hughes, Third Place; Emma Gibson, Fourth Place; Eleanor Smith, Honorable Mention; Andra Benninghoff, Honorable Mention; Natalie Carter, Honorable Mention; Stella Hudson, Honorable Mention; Ethan Koehler, Honorable Mention; Piper Kozlowski, Honorable Mention; Katie Morehouse, Honorable Mention; Elena Varner-Waltz, Honorable Mention; Kaedence Kish, Honorable Mention; Jovana Djuric, Honorable Mention; and Sydney Stevenson, Honorable Mention. 

Firestone students received honors in the high school division under the direction of Stephen Csejtey and Patrick Dougherty. Junior Maria Manuel received first place for her piece We Are All Living Under the Same Smoke. Other high school division honors went to Maya Miller, Third Place; Kayleigh Anthony, Fourth Place tie; Maliyah Clark, Fourth Place tie; Brooklyn Andrick, Honorable Mention; Bayler Alden, Honorable Mention; Ashley Strub, Honorable Mention; Hannah VerSluys, Honorable Mention; and Chance Marks, Honorable Mention. 

First-place winners Briel Sojourner and Maria Manuel will travel by plane to Washington, DC, with their art teachers Alison Rich and Patrick Dougherty, for an all-expenses-paid trip to visit the National Holocaust Memorial Museum. The awards ceremony for all students will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, at the Main Branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, followed by a Commemoration Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. All winning artwork will be on display at the library from April 3-May 6 and at Shaw JCC May 3-6. Both displays are free and open to the public.


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