2019 Holocaust Essay and Art Contest Winners

The 2019 student winners of  the Ida S. Kramer Holocaust Essay Contest and the Shnurman Visual Arts Contest have been announced. All 25 entries for the Shnurman Visual Arts Contest will be on display at the Moline Public Library ( 3210 41st St., Moline, IL) until April 16, 2019. Entries will then be displayed at Rutabaga Art Studio in Geneseo, IL.    Flyer Essay and Art Contests


1st Place: Kayla Santiago “Prospecting through Anguish” (The Story of Eva Schloss) – Home School: Florida Virtual School, 10th Grade    Teacher: Shavon Ramos

2nd Place: Taylor Puglisi “Finding Strength in Literature: The Harrowing Story of Dita Kraus” – Moline High School, 11th Grade

3rd Place:  Mary K. Rolfstad “Hidden Children” (The Story of Edith Schwalb) – John F. Kennedy Catholic School, Davenport, 8th Grade

Other Essays Submitted:

Maya Baker “Meeting Marguerite” (The Story of Marguerite Mishkin) – Bettendorf High School, 12th Grade     Teacher: Connie King, English, Bettendorf High School

Laman Hanifayeva “Doris Warschawski: Germany to Shanghai, Then to the Land of Freedom” – Mercer County High School, Aledo, IL, 12th Grade


1st Place: Veronica Macias– “Hands of Holocaust”
8th Grade, Creative Arts Academy, Davenport        Nominating teacher: Heidi Hernandez

2nd Place:
Lamam Hanifayeva–  “DON’T”

12th Grade,  Mercer County High School, Aledo, Illinois       Nominating teacher: Tara Guidinger

3rd Place:
Marley Nees -“Humans Not Numbers”
8th Grade, Sudlow Intermediate School, Davenport      Nominating teacher:  Heidi Hernandez
Honorable Mention
Kayla Santiago-“Portrait of Auschwitz Children Survivors”
10th Grade, Home Schooled

Jacqueline Vernon-“Villainy”
8th Grade, Sudlow Intermediate School, Davenport
Anna Stivers-“The Identity Through Her Eyes”
9th Grade, Morning Star Academy, Long Grove, Iowa
Abigail Stivers-“A Second Generation Survivor”
11th Grade, Morning Star Academy, Long Grove, Iowa

Next year’s deadline for submissions will be March 1, 2020. The Quad Cites Yom Hashoah Committee is the sponsor of both contests, with Quad City Arts co-sponsoring the Visual Arts Contest.
Links to the annual Quad City (gr. 7-12 ) student contest guidelines:
2019 Essay Contest entry form
2019 Art Contest rules

For more information, contact the office of the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cites at (309) 793-1300 or aross@jfqc.org.    
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