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19th Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

April 06, 2018
By KCS Staff

Congratulations to junior Emily Kuwaye!  Last month, she was recognized as the 1st prize winner in the poetry division of the 19th annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest. This international contest is sponsored by the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman University, the 1939 Society, the Samueli Foundation, and Yossie & Dana Hollander. The contest drew entries from 225 schools across 31 states and 8 other countries. Emily's entry was the first from Hawaii to receive 1st place recognition!

Contest participants were asked to become a "Messenger of Memory" for the Holocaust survivors and perpetuate a survivor's story through art or written word. Emily's poem, "Your Memory," poignantly reflects Cesia Kingston's survivor testimony while also interweaving memories of her own visit in the summer of 2014 to Auschwitz. Emily was drawn to the inspiring story, noting Mrs. Kingston's drive to survive and take care of her sister as "powerful."

While the awards ceremony was held on March 9 at Chapman University in California, a live stream of the presentation was made available. A video of Emily reciting her poem was shared when she was announced as the high school division winner. In addition to her cash prize of $400, Emily is also invited to an all-expenses paid study trip to Los Angeles in June, where she will join other contest winners, touring the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the Museum of Tolerance, the Japanese American National Museum, and other sites in Los Angeles. Amazing work, Emily! 

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