The Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education of North Carolina 
Holocaust Speakers Bureau 

​​The Center For Holocaust, Genocide, And Human Rights Education Of North Carolina

is pleased to announce the winners of our poster competition.

We applaud all of the contestants and thank them for their thoughtful, well executed entries.

Congratulations to our winners!

Click entry titles to read the students' essays describing why their poster is relevant to this year's theme:
DEFIANCE—Unarmed Resistance During the Holocaust.

 High School


Winners were presented with their certificates and prizes at the community's annual Holocaust commemoration on April 15th, 2018.


Holocaust Commemoration Poster Competition
For North Carolina Middle and High School Students

The 2018 poster theme was
DEFIANCE—Unarmed Resistance During the Holocaust

See above for full list of this year's winning posters.

This poster competition is open to all North Carolina middle and high school students. The goal of this contest is to encourage students to learn about spiritual resistance, cultural resistance, and political activism during the Holocaust. Whether observing a religious holiday in a concentration camp, transporting a child on a bicycle so she could hide in a Christian home, or sharing recipes to keep spirits bolstered while starving in the woods, Jews and other victims of the Nazis remained hopeful and believed in the future.

Prizes are awarded in two categories: middle school and high school. In each category, we award a 1st prize of $150, 2nd prize of $75, and honorable mention of $50. Entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form and an essay of approximately 125 words describing why the poster is relevant to the theme.

Prizes were awarded at the annual Holocaust commemoration held in Durham, NC, on April 15, 2018. Winning posters and accompanying essays were displayed at the commemoration.

1st Place:  Jenny Yan 
Riverside High School, Durham, NC (Teacher: Alexander Groff)
Entry title: Resist with Soul

2nd Place:  Qi (Penny) Fan
Green Hope High School, Cary, NC

(Teacher: Teresa Prichard) 
Entry title: Secret Preservation

2nd Place: Katie Bryant
Lowe’s Grove Magnet Middle School, Durham, NC. 
(Teacher: Corey Barringer)
Entry title: Ringelblum Milk Can​

The Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest 

The Holocaust Remembrance Project is a national essay contest for high school students and is designed to encourage and promote the study of the Holocaust. Scholarships are awarded to top winning essayists, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. Second and Third Place winners receive cash prizes of $500 and $250. See the Holocaust Remembrance Project website for more information.

Middle School

Honorable Mention:  Isabella Bowen

Envision Science Academy, Wake Forest, NC (Teachers: Leanne Glace and Wesley Hoag)

Entry title: 7000 Stars Shining

1st Place:  Amaryna Chapman 
East Alexander Middle School, Hiddenite, NC.
(Teacher: Adam Kennington)
Entry title: White Rose​

Honorable Mention: Olivia Steen
Holly Springs High School, Holly Springs, NC (Teacher: Amy Emard)
Entry title: Significance

Essay and Poster Contests

The Penny Daum Aldrich Annual Holocaust Essay Contest

This Holocaust essay writing contest, held annually for high school students in the Durham and Chapel Hill communities,

is meant to inspire students to learn about the Holocaust and to think about its implications in their lives and their world.

2018 Essay Topic: Understanding the Holocaust: Why is it Relevant Today?

First and second place winners ​for 2018 have been announced by the Jewish Community Foundation of Durham-Chapel Hill. 
Emily Abramowitz is the 1st prize winner for her essay titled "Yad Vashem: Keeping the Memory of the Children Alive"
and Moira Pecor is the 2nd prize winner for her essay titled "Rena's Promise and the Relevance of the Holocaust Today"

The winners ​receive a monetary prize (1st Prize ~ $250, 2nd Prize ~ $125).  They ​were recognized and awarded their prizes​ ​at the Annual Yom HaShoah Holocaust Memorial Service​ on April 15th, 2018​.