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Gershanov Essay Contest 2014 winners copy

2014 LEO & ANTONIA GERSHANOV MEMORIAL STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST

IHMEC Gershanov Student Essay Conest 2014.
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All Illinois high school students were invited to address this year’s theme: Indelible Images: Photographs Make History in an original essay no longer than 2,000 words.

They were asked to choose a specific photograph and describe what it had contributed to their study of the Holocaust or other contemporary genocide. Further, students were asked to examine how photographs document a moment in time, and play a role in the formation of collective memory.

The ten Illinois students whose entries received the highest scores were recognized, along with their teachers and schools, during a public ceremony held April 13 at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.
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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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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS:

We wish to thank the more than 200 high school students from throughout Illinois who participated in the contest, and offer our special congratulations to the winners.

1st Place

Luke Alexander Whartnaby, Libertyville High School, Libertyville, Grade 10
Teacher: Mrs. Karen LeMaistre

2nd Place

Sophie Kathryn Lombardo, Carmel Catholic High School, Mundelein, Grade 12
Teacher: Mr. James Schuster

3rd Place

Barbara Daria Madeyski, Ridgewood High School, Norridge, Grade 10
Teacher: Mrs. Mavis Netterstrom

Daniel Kenneth Szydlowski, Buffalo Grove High School, Buffalo Grove, Grade 11
Teacher: Mrs. Beth Wells

Finalists

Jagoda Boksa, Ridgewood High School, Norridge, Grade 12
Teacher: Ms. Brette Book

Angela Anna Dicosola, Ridgewood High School, Norridge, Grade 10
Teacher: Mrs. Toni Pemberton

Ewelina Kruszewska, Ridgewood High School, Norridge, Grade 12
Teacher: Ms. Brette Book

Nicole Hanna Ricken, William Fremd High School, Palatine, Grade 10
Teacher: Mr. Russell Anderson

Phil Alexander Swiac, Ridgewood High School, Norridge, Grade 10
Teacher: Ms. Brette Book

Anna Waksmundzka, Ridgewood High School, Norridge, Grade 12
Teacher: Mr. Andrew Anastasiades

 

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