To remember the lives that were lost during one of humanity’s worst periods, our community remembers the Holocaust with an annual memorial service. Through our remembering and active cooperation, we strive to obliterate injustice. Because our future is only as strong as our youth, we are continuing our annual writing competition to encourage students to voice their understandings of the tragedy of the past and their hopes for the future
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American Psychologist Gordan Allport, a recognized scholar in the study of human personality, reminds us that humans are not born prejudiced; rather, prejudice is learned.
Allport suggests that there are specific stages of behavior that are found in the escalation of prejudice. These escalating levels of discrimination move in the following order:
After reading the list as shown from Gordon Allport’s “Stages of Prejudice,” describe an event (or events) during the Holocaust that represent one (or more) of the stages of prejudice. Also, take a recent event (or events) in our world (local or global) that is an example of one (or more) of the same stage (or stages) of prejudice.
There are 5 separate categories for this year's competition. This year's categories include Essay, Musical Composition, Poetry, Short Story, and Visual Arts.
The guidelines that apply to all six categories are:
Your music will encompass an example from Gordon Allport’s “Stages of Prejudice.” Use an event (or events) during the Holocaust that represents one (or more) of the stages of prejudice. Also, take a recent event (or events) in our world (local or global) that is an example of one (or more) of the same stage (or stages) of prejudice.
Possible styles and instruments: Choral, country, electronic, hip hop, jazz, world music, musical, orchestral, pop, R&B, religious, rock, symphonic/concert band and traditional. All instruments, sounds, styles and combinations are accepted.
Submitting a Musical Composition:
The decision of the judges is final. Judging will be based on:
Contest judges review submissions with no knowledge of the student's identity, school, teacher, or residence. In order to provide anonymous papers for judging, the body of the entry should not contain any information identifying the author. The entry must be the original work of the student. Judges request that teachers review students' work. By submitting an entry, you are agreeing to all the judging criteria.
Judges request that teachers review students’ work and submit only entries worthy of being considered for judging. By submitting an entry, you are agreeing to all the judging criteria.
Prizes are awarded at the discretion of the Holocaust Remembrance Committee. Some awards may not be given, depending on the number of entries received and evaluation of merit by the panel of judges
Entries must be submitted no later than March 1st, 2023.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept submissions that do not adhere to all of these guidelines, that are submitted late, or come from students outside the Northwest Louisiana area (Caddo, Bossier, Webster, DeSoto, Ouachita Parishes). Submissions will be retained by the Northwest Louisiana Jewish Federation, who will have the right to reprint winning entries in publications including local media/newspapers or posted online.
Prizes are awarded at the discretion of the Holocaust Remembrance Committee. Some rewards may not be given, depending on the number of entries received and evaluation of merit by a panel of judges.
Those who receive an award will be expected to attend the Holocaust Memorial Service.
Schools whose students submit eligible entries will receive $200.
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