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Norfolk Academy had multiple winners in the annual competitions organized by the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

The competitions, named for Elie Wiesel (1928-2016), a Holocaust survivor who became a world-renowned author, activist, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, recognize middle and high school students across the region for writing and visual arts in response to questions that focus on human rights and justice.

Bree Faulkner '24 won first place in the Senior Essay category with her entry, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Trailblazer for All.

Areen Syed '24 won first place in the Senior Poetry category for her poem, “Why?"

Keon Tavakoli '21 tied for second place in Senior Poetry for his poem, “A German Night." 

In the visual arts competition, Finley Lemma '21 won second place in the Senior Division for a pen and ink entry, Strength in Unity! 

The winning entries for the writing competitions have been published on the Holocaust Commission's website, and the visual arts pieces will be presented there in the future. 

Several other NA students were finalists (top 15 entries) in the competitions.

In the Senior Essay category: Sophie Pollio '24, Lily Stockwell '24, Lizzie Adams '24, and Will Crouch '24.

In Senior Poetry: Conner Alex '24, Natalie Tajan '24, Carter Whetstine '24, Rachael Buchanan '24, Jordan Pagach '21, Madalyn Mejia '22, and Micah Baum '23.



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