Student Contests







High school students throughout Illinois are eligible to participate in the 2018 Leo & Antonia Gershanov Memorial Student Essay Contest.  Public, private, parochial, special and home school pupils in grades 9 through 12 are invited to address the theme The Power of Memory:  Lessons for Today

Entries shall take the form of an original, expository essay no longer than 2,000 words in length.

Those who experience and live through genocide, be they 20th century European Jews, those who emerged from the killing fields of Cambodia, or survivors of Hutu machetes, all have powerful memories.  Many have chosen to share their history with others—some in written form, others through oral testimony. 

Students shall choose two or more survivor narratives—either written or filmed. Each essay shall

  • Identify the genocide involved;
  • Summarize the significant experience of each survivor;
  • Identify and describe commonalities and differences;
  • Identify and state the key lesson(s) from the narratives that inform our efforts to prevent genocide today.

For complete contest requirements and entry guidelines click here.

Contest entries will be accepted via electronic submission only. Click here to enter.

The deadline for all entries is February 15, 2018.

For more information, call 847.967.4842 or email




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