Holocaust Remembrance Service of
Northwest Louisiana

High School Competition 2022

To remember the lives that were lost during one of humanity’s worst periods, our community remembers the Holocaust with an annual memorial service. Through our remembering and active cooperation, we strive to obliterate injustice. Because our future is only as strong as our youth, we are continuing our annual writing competition to encourage students to voice their understandings of the tragedy of the past and their hopes for the future.

Objective: History has shown that the events of the Holocaust themselves have not been enough of a deterrent to humanity for there to be no more atrocities committed in this world. History does show that by teaching Moral Courage, we can create help make a better society. Your challenge is to find a creative way to show the importance of moral courage in connection to the Holocaust and how it can apply to your own lives, communities, and also to anywhere in the world. By examining situations of moral courage, we believe that you can learn how to exercise your own capacity for moral courage. We want you to know that you can make a positive change in the world.

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Threatened by their Nazi occupiers, in 1943 the Danish people organized a national effort to send 7,200 Jews by fishing boats to neutral Sweden. This effort by the citizens of Denmark resulted in the highest Jewish survival rate of any European country during World War II. The Danish citizens provide a unique example of moral courage and concern, jeopardizing their own lives to spare those of their fellow countrymen.

Choose and research TWO individuals or groups that demonstrated moral courage in an historic or current event. *One MUST be from the Holocaust. We encourage you to select two examples beyond the well-known rescuers. There are many worthy subjects to research! The goal is to find examples of moral courage in different historical contexts.

Be sure to discuss the topic with your teacher. Your topic may include individuals or groups in historical events such as:

  • Rescuers of victims of the Holocaust
  • Civil Rights movement activists
  • Literary subjects dealing with moral courage
  • A historical topic covered in your classroom
  • Genocide in Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur, Sudan, Kenya, the Congo, Zimbabwe or Chechnya
  • You may choose to explore an area not mentioned here - any persons or groups from history that have shown great moral courage.

There are 6 separate categories for this year's competition. This year's categories include Essay, Film, Musical Composition, Poetry, Short Story, and Visual Arts.

The guidelines that apply to all six categories are:

  • Entries must be submitted online through our official entry form.
  • Entries must be pre-approved by your teacher.
  • Entries must include a header on each page with only title of entry and page number.
  • Entries must NOT include reference to student or school name.
  • Entries must be submitted along with an artist/writer's statement. This statement will be no more than 140 words and provide an opportunity to explain the thoughts and feelings that went into the entry.
    • The artist/writer statement is a part of the official entry form and does not need to be submitted separately from the entry.
  • Each entry type has additional criteria which must be met. See the links below for your entry type.
  • Entries that do not follow these criteria and the category specific criteria below will be disqualified.
  • Entries must include a definition of moral courage.
  • Entries must provide a context for each example chosen.
  • Entries must include information which proves the story is factual.
  • Entires must demonstrate how the chosen individual/group took a stand against social injustice and exhibited moral courage.
  • Entries must conclude with "What now?" - For example: What about this example speaks to you? Why is this example important? Even though you may not experience life under tyranny or in a war zone – how might the lesson of your chosen example be applied in our own life, school, or family? How can these lessons improve your life and those around you?
  • Entries must include facts to support feelings and viewpoint.
  • Entries must be titled and typed.
  • Entries must NOT include graphics, drawings, or other images.
  • Acknowledgement of sources must be within the essay and location of sources must be at the end of the paper. (This is not part of the word count.)
  • Entries must be no more than 650 words, double-spaced, and in 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font.
  • Submissions must represent the independent work of the student, but teachers may provide grammatical or spelling recommendations.
  • Content viewing time must be no longer than three (3) minutes.
  • Final file size must not exceed 600 MB.
  • Must acknowledge sources – to protect copyright holders, proper citation of all sources is required.
    • Permission for sources that are not public domain must be obtained in writing from copyright holder and submitted with entry.
  • Submit film without credits for blind judging.
    • A completed film with credits should be prepared in the event the film is selected for screening.
  • To ensure compatibility with MAC and PC, please use either QuickTime or MPEG format.
Submitting your Film:
  • Final films must be submitted using WeTransfer.com, a free file transfer website.
  • Instructions can be found on our official submission form.

Students wishing to use music, photos, video, or other artwork in their films should be aware that these may be protected by U.S. copyright law and therefore require permission from the artists to use them.  Purchasing or downloading materials from a website is generally intended for personal and home use only and does not grant the purchaser the right to reproduce, perform, or display copyrighted works publicly.  For any copyrighted works appearing in the film, permission must be obtained from the copyright holders and submitted with the entry.

  • May be instrumental or lyrical
  • All instruments, sounds, styles and combinations are accepted.
  • Software may be used to produce an audio recording provided it does not include commercially pre-programmed imported MIDI or other source files.
    • Entries containing algorithmic composition techniques are not accepted.
  • Entries must be new and original songs inspired by the theme.
  • Each entry must be the work of one student only.
  • Audio must not exceed 3 minutes in length and 1GB (one gigabyte) in file size.
  • Notation & Score Required.
    • Notation software may be used.
    • Appropriate instrumentation and voicing are required.
    • Each page must be numbered.
    • Notation/Score must be printed on 8.5"x11" (single-sided) or saved/scanned as a single PDF.
  • Audio file may be MP3, WAV, or M4A.
  • Videos are not accepted.
Submitting a Musical Composition:
  • Final musical entries must be submitted using WeTransfer.com, a free file transfer website.
  • Instructions can be found on our official submission form.
  • Entries will be judged on mastery of the medium, artistic merit, and addressing the prompt. Mastery of the medium may be a formal composition technique or a simple approach.
  • Entires must demonstrate how the chosen individual/group took a stand against social injustice and exhibited moral courage.
  • You may use persona, narrative, prose, or free verse.
  • Entries must be titled and typed.
  • Entries must not include graphics, drawings, or other images.
  • Entries must be no more than 500 words, double-spaced, and in 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font.
  • Submissions must represent the independent work of the student, but teachers may provide grammatical or spelling recommendations.
  • Students must include a bibliography at the end. (This is not part of the word count).
  • Entries must be historical fiction.
  • Entires must be based on factual research.
  • Entries must provide a context for each of the two examples chosen.
  • Entries must demonstrate how the chosen individual/group took a stand against social injustice and exhibited moral courage.
  • Entries must be titled and typed.
  • Entries must NOT include graphics, drawings, or other images.
  • Acknowledgement of sources must be within the essay and location of sources must be at the end of the paper. (This is not part of the word count.)
  • Entries must be 3-7 pages in length, double-spaced, and in 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font.
  • Submissions must represent the independent work of the student, but teachers may provide grammatical or spelling recommendations.
  • Entries must include a bibliography at the end. (This is not part of the word count).
  • Works may include drawing, painting, photography or sculpture and must reflect the prompt of moral courage.
  • Must be a two-dimensional image on medium no thicker than 0.75"
  • Entries must be a minimum size of 8" x 10" and no larger than 18" x 24".
  • Artwork must be matted or mounted.
  • May include photography, digital images, charcoal, pencil, pen & ink, chalk pastel, watercolors, acrylics, oils or mixed media.
    • Fixative spray must be applied to charcoal, pencil, pastel, and chalk art.
  • All images, regardless of medium, are considered property of the original artist.
  • Renderings of another’s work will be disqualified.
  • Artwork does not require header.
  • Winners will be required to bring the original piece (matted or mounted) to the award ceremony.

The decision of the judges is final. Judging will be based on:

  • Originality and creativity
  • Historical accuracy
  • Addresses the contest theme
  • Follows the specific criteria for each category

Contest judges review submissions with no knowledge of the student's identity, school, teacher, or residence. In order to provide anonymous papers for judging, the body of the entry should not contain any information identifying the author. The entry must be the original work of the student. Judges request that teachers review students' work. By submitting an entry, you are agreeing to all the judging criteria.

Prizes are awarded at the discretion of the Holocaust Remembrance Committee. Some awards may not be given, depending on the number of entries received and evaluation of merit by the panel of judges.

Entries must be submitted no later than March 1st, 2022.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept submissions that do not adhere to all of these guidelines, that are submitted late, or come from students outside the Northwest Louisiana area (Caddo, Bossier, Webster, DeSoto, Ouachita Parishes). Submissions will be retained by the Northwest Louisiana Jewish Federation, who will have the right to reprint winning entries in publications including local media/newspapers or posted online.

Submit Your 2022 Entry

Prizes are awarded at the discretion of the Holocaust Remembrance Committee. Some awards may not be given, depending on the number of entries received and evaluation of merit by a panel of judges.

  • 1st Place Student (in each entry type): $400 Amazon Gift Card
  • 2nd Place Student (in each entry type): $200 Amazon Gift Card
  • 3rd Place Student (in each entry type): $100 Amazon Gift Card

Those who receive an award will be expected to attend the Holocaust Memorial Service.

  • Teachers with students who submit qualifying entries in the Literary & Arts Competition will each receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate.
  • Teachers who attend the Holocaust Remembrance Service with at least three of their students will receive an additional $25 Amazon gift certificate. (Students who attend with their teachers do not need to have submitted entries for the teacher to receive an award.)
  • In addition to the winning students, contributing students, institutions, and award-winning teachers will be recognized during the Holocaust Remembrance Service.
  • Schools that have students submit eligible entries will receive $200.

Check out our resource page for links that can help with resources for your entry.

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