Student Contests


Can Justice Be Achieved in the Aftermath of Genocide?

High school students throughout Illinois are eligible to participate in the 2016 Leo & Antonia Gershanov Memorial Student Essay Contest.  Entries shall take the form of an original, persuasive essay no longer than 2,000 words.

In their essay students should:

  • Define what constitutes justice
  • Clearly state whether they believe justice after genocide is attainable
  • Support their position with examples from past and ongoing judicial proceedings

The deadline for all entries is February 1, 2016.

A panel of judges will review all essays submitted to the contest and identify ten finalists.

Contest winners will receive cash awards between $350 and $2,000, and will be announced in a public ceremony on May 15, 2016.

Click here for complete contest requirements and guidelines.

Entries will be accepted by electronic submission only.
To access entry form, click here.

For more information, email, or call 847.967.4842.


Leo and Antonia Gershanov survived the Holocaust. They settled in Chicago following World War II and devoted time and resources in the fight against discrimination and prejudice. This legacy was passed on to their children and grandchildren, who have graciously sponsored this contest in their memory.     .



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