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Student winners of the B’nai B’rith Holocaust Essay Contest to be noted on June 5

Holocaust Essay Contest Chairperson Bob Michaels has announced that results for the 2019 B’nai B’rith Capital Area Holocaust Essay Contest. Winning students will read their essays and receive cash prizes and certificates of achievement at the award ceremony slated for Wednesday, June 5, at 7 p.m. at the community room of the Jewish Federation’s Golub Center at 184 Washington Avenue Extension in Albany. The program is free and open to the public. Assembly Member Phil Steck will address the audience, which will include sponsoring teachers and families of winning students.

This year’s essay topic was: Holocaust resistance occurred frequently during WW-2.  What dangers did ‘underground’ resisters face, and what do you think motivated some to resist, while others did not? The free and non-commercial contest is open to students in 12 contiguous capital area counties.

High school winners were: first place, Allison Lloyd of Guilderland HS, sponsoring teacher  Diane Geurin; second place, John Roosenberg, Loudonville Christian School, sponsoring teacher, Michelle Nietfeld;  and third place, Gabriella Baratier, Guilderland HS, teacher, Diane Geurin.
Midle school winners were: first place, Pallavi Datta Iroquois Middle School, teacher, Michael Jesep; second place, Lila Kerr, Iroquois Middle School, teacher, Michael Jesep;  and third place, Josh Guenther Loudonville Christian School, teacher, Michelle Nietfeld.

This year’s judging panel, coordinated by Bill Pearlman, also included Peter Bent, Patricia Luria, Sally Magid, Jessica Many, and Randy Simon. They received coded essays, from which they selected the six winners.

The contest is sponsored by the Albany and Schenectady B’nai B’rith, and funded by the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York via the Sternlicht Holocaust Memorial Fund and

personal donations.


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