Student Contests



New Lives New WorldIllinois students in grades 7 through 12 are invited to enter this year’s competition. They are challenged to respond to the theme: New Lives, New World: Survivors in the Aftermath of the Holocaust.

The 2015 contest will specially honor the memory of Peter Gershanov, 1932-2014.  The Peter Gershanov Memorial Prize will be awarded to the entry that best represents the contest theme and pays tribute to the resilience of Holocaust survivors.

Entries may take the form of 2-dimensional artwork, poetry, short story, or musical composition. Submissions should focus on how survivors of the Holocaust met the challenges they encountered following World War II.

Deadline for all entries is January 26, 2015.

For complete contest details and entry guidelines, click here.

Winners will be announced in a public ceremony in Spring 2015.  Cash prizes of up to $1,000 will be awarded.

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

For additional information, please contact, 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 to 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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