Student Contests


















Photo credit:  WE Day Illinois 2015, Emily Anderson


Illinois students in grades 7 through 12 were invited to address the theme From Observer to Upstander: When Conscience Motivates Action.  This presented a unique opportunity to focus on those who listen to their moral compass and act to help those who are being persecuted.

Deadline for all entries has passed.

No further entries will be accepted for the 2017 Leo & Antonia Gershanov Memorial Student Arts & Writing Contest. 

Thank you to all students who participated.

Finalists will be notified after March 24, ­­­­once the judging process has been completed.

Winners will be recognized in a public ceremony to be held at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

Direct any questions to, or call 847.967.4842.

The biennial Gershanov Family Student Arts & Writing Contest offers all Illinois students in grades 7 through 12 the opportunity to respond to a theme that links historical events to current events and their own contemporary experience.

This competition specially honors the memory of Peter Gershanov, 1932-2014.  The Peter Gershanov Memorial Prize will be awarded to the entry that best represents the contest theme.

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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