1st Place in Holocaust Museum Poetry Contest

1st Place in Holocaust Museum Poetry Contest
Photo: Lauren Shill, 1st place winner of Holocaust Museum Poetry Contest

We are pleased to announce that Lauren Shill, Class of 2021, won 1st place in The Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education’s 23rd Annual Siegelbaum Literary and Visual Arts Competition for 2019. Inspired by displays that Ms. Valerie Santos’ Literature of the Holocaust students had created for the classroom, Lauren, a student in another of Ms. Santos’ classes, decided to enter the contest on her own. Lauren’s poem earned 1st place in the high school division. She received a certificate and gift card at a reception and awards ceremony in June at the Museum, located on the campus of Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY.

Photo: English Teacher Ms. Val Santo (left), with 1st place winner Lauren Shill
Photo: Ms. Val Santo (left), with 1st Place Winner Lauren Shill
 Photo: 1st place winner Lauren Shill
Photo: Pascack Valley student Lauren Shill after receiving her 1st place award.


According to the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education website, the theme for this school year's competition was: Resistance: Sketches of Courage. The objectives of the competition were to increase awareness of the Holocaust, to highlight different forms of resistance and bravery, and to inform students of their own abilities to show moral courage in the face of injustice. Judy Siegelbaum established the competition in memory of her husband, Dr. Harold Siegelbaum, whose vision helped found the museum. The competition has three separate categories—prose, poetry, and visual arts.

Pascack Valley is incredibly proud of Lauren for her accomplishment and her important literary work.


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