By learning from the past, we enrich our future. History and experiences can become more than just testimonials and facts. They can serve as sources for mapping your and our nation’s future. The stories of Holocaust survivors are rich with lessons and inspiration.

Florida middle and high school students, with the support of their teachers and parents, are invited to participate in the annual Holocaust Reflection Contest sponsored by the Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, Inc. and hosted by Nova Southeastern University. Students begin by selecting a quotation or survivor's story that inspires them, then submit their reflection in the form of an original essay, a poem, a short film, or an art piece.

2016 Winners

2016 winners in Washington DC

Pictured L-R: Autumn Kulla, Dailey Jackson, Jake Twargoski, Mahli Salgado, Elio Reyes, and Susana Obando during their trip to Washington, D.C.

High School

Elio Reyes | Grade 10
Mulberry High School | Mulberry, Florida
Essay/Poem | "Essay Inspired by Night by Elie Wiesel"

Autumn Kulla | Grade 12
NSU University School | Fort Lauderdale/Davie, Florida
Art | "Fading"

Susana Obando | Grade 12
The Sagemont School | Weston, Florida
Film | "The Holocaust: A Reflection on Those Who Lived to Tell the Tale"

Middle School

Mahli Salgado | Grade 7
Beachside Montessori Village | Hollywood, Florida
Essay/Poem | "Stripped"

Dailey Jackson | Grade 8
St. Joseph Catholic School | Jacksonville, Florida
Art | "Left Alone"

Jake Twargoski | Grade 6
Pinnacle Academy | Bradenton, Florida
Film | "Eva Galler: An Escape from the Death Camp Train"

Click here to view the 2016 Award Ceremony Photo Gallery