Weekly roundup: Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest recognizes 12 local students, OC spelling bee champ heads to Scripps, and more

Chapman University's 25th annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest second place winner
Eighth-grade student Raina Kim from Brea Junior High School in the Brea Olinda Unified School District earned second place for her artwork titled “Will to Survive.”

Twelve Orange County students were recently honored by Chapman University’s 25th annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest, an event that highlights creative responses to the lessons of one of history’s most tragic chapters.

Hosted by Chapman University and The 1939 Society, the annual competition serves as a platform for students to reflect on the lessons of history, explore their own roles in promoting remembrance and engage in critical dialogue about the Holocaust’s lasting impact on society. 

This year’s theme, “Answering the Call of Memory: Choosing to Act,” encouraged participants to select and watch a full-length testimony of a Holocaust survivor or rescuer from specific sources. Students were asked to select impactful memories from these testimonies, translating them into various forms of art, poetry, prose or film as a means of responding to the enduring legacy of the Holocaust. 

Since its inception in 1999, the contest has evolved from a local initiative into an international competition, attracting middle and high school students from more than 230 schools worldwide.

This year’s competition recognized 16 students, with 12 hailing from local schools. To view the entire list of winners, click on Chapman University’s contest webpage.

Here are the other stories we’ve been tracking this week:

Westminster High School Principal Amy Sabol welcomed guests to the pathway celebration event.
  • The Westminster School District’s inaugural cohort of students who learned both English and Vietnamese since kindergarten will seamlessly continue their bilingual education in high school through a partnership with the Huntington Beach Union High School District.
  • The Orange County Department of Education’s Inside the Outdoors program is inviting students to its summer camp, where they will explore nature while strengthening their science skills through new hobbies and crafts.
  • The H2 Grand Prix Foundation is empowering girls in engineering through hydrogen-powered remote control car races. The program aims to foster STEM skills and prepare participants for careers with a sustainable focus.

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