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.

How to Participate

The application period for the 2017 contest has closed. For more information, please read the Contest Details and Frequently Asked Questions pages.

2017 Winners

High School


1st Place | "A Glowing Star"
By Samantha Ramer
Cypress Bay High School

2nd Place | "Forgiveness"
By Tania Kazi
Westland Hialeah Senior High School


1st Place | "Some Record of Our Tragedy"
By Corey Kreisel
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

2nd Place | "Remember"
By Anna Vykhopen
Spring Hill Christian Academy


1st Place | "Epitome of a Hero"
By Vaughan Heaps
Pine View School

2nd Place | "Beyond the Irreparable"
By Evan Dietrich
Pine View School

Middle School


1st Place | "Overlooked but Not Forgotten"
By Zoey Fisher
David Posnack Jewish Day School

2nd Place | "Memory and Legacy"
By Samara Cohen
Omni Middle School


1st Place | "Hope"
By Ian Owens
Tavares Middle School

2nd Place | "Straight Off the Train"
By Rocio Lopez
Florida Christian School


1st Place | "William Lowenberg"
By Daniel Cary
Community Leadership Academy

2nd Place | "Kristallnacht"
By Daniel Rodriguez
Florida Christian School

Click here to view the 2017 Award Ceremony Photo Gallery

Click here to see the work of previous contest winners.