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Tavares Middle student wins 1st place in statewide Holocaust Reflection Contest


Tavares Middle student wins 1st place in statewide Holocaust Reflection Contest

His artwork, “Hope,” was inspired by the story of a Holocaust survivor

Ian Owens, an 8th grade student at Tavares Middle School, won 1st place in the art category of the 2017 Holocaust Reflection Contest sponsored by Nova Southeastern University and the Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, Inc. His art project, “Hope,” was one of 1,700 entries from across the state. Owens will receive $1,000, his teacher will receive $500 and the school will receive $500. He has been invited to a celebration at Nova on March 19 where all winning projects will be displayed and winners will participate in a ceremony, luncheon and tour of the library’s Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Reflection and Resource Room.

Participants were asked to select a Holocaust survivor testimonial that inspires them and create an original essay/poem, visual art piece or short film. “This initiative for Florida middle and high school students is an opportunity for them to reflect on the timeless wisdom and lessons of Holocaust survivors,” reads a letter sent from the contest planning and steering committee to Florida educators.

The Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation formed by Craig and Barbara Weiner in 2013 “for the express purpose of broadening Holocaust education amongst America's students,” reads a description on the fund’s web site. “It is the ultimate goal of the founders of this program to see this form of education expanded through many other states in order to teach America's students how intolerance of others can lead to the destruction of our social fabric, while patience and understanding of others will always result in a safer and better world for all to live in.”

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Congratulations, Ian!