Middle School Writers Win Awards in Regional Elie Wiesel Writing Competition

Several Middle School students were recognized for creative writing entered into the regional Elie Wiesel Writing Competition held by the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.
Rachael Buchanan ’24 received second place for her junior division poem, “Learn to Listen to the Past.” Two students also received honorable mentions: Micah Baum ’23 for his poem “Whispers” and Katie Fernandez ’24 for her essay, “Gone But Not Forgotten.
Several students reached the finalist round as well: Saoirse Dowd ’23, who won an honorable mention in last year’s competition, was a finalist in junior division poetry; Katherine Barbour ’19 and Grace Cornbrooks ’19 were finalists in the senior essay division.
Award winners were recognized at Yom Hashoah, a Hebrew word which translates as “Holocaust Remembrance Day,” on Wednesday, May 1 at Temple Israel in Norfolk. The speaker was Dr. Roger Loria, a faculty member at Medical College of Virginia (MCV) in Richmond, who fled with his mother after the Nazis occupied Antwerp, Belgium; his father had been arrested and deported to Birkenau, a concentration camp.
The Holocaust Commission’s 14th biennial educators’ conference, “Teaching Difficult History: How Our Past Informs Our Present” will be held July 30-Aug. 1 at Norfolk Academy. The conference also includes a trip to the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond to hear a lecture and tour exhibits. Find out more.