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The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., in accordance with Congressional mandate has designated Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs as the theme for the 2013 Holocaust Days of Remembrance observance and will be the theme for the Coachella Valley Essay and Art Contest.

The contest is open to all students, grades 8-12 in the Coachella Valley.  This includes  students currently enrolled as a high school student in grades 8-12 (including home schooled students), or who are high school seniors who may graduate high school any time during the application year, or who are enrolled in a high school equivalency program.

Essays are due No later than March 15, 2013.  Early submissions are encouragedWinners will be presented with their awards at the annual Yom Hashoah Ceremony, April 7, 2013, at Temple Sinai in Palm Desert.  Each student may submit one essay and/or one art entry only.  Using the Holocaust as historical backdrop, your essay or art submission should:

  1. Discuss some of the warning signs that led to the Holocaust and how do they compare to what is going on in the world today. 
  2. What must you as young people do with these warning signs?
  3. Why is it vital that the remembrance, history and lessons of the Holocaust be passed on to new generations?

The Essay Contest: Your essay must be double-spaced and typed on one side of the paper using Arial 14 font.  The essay may not exceed 1,100 words.  The judges will evaluate the entry on originality, content and understanding of the subject.  Writing submissions must be received at the Tolerance Education Center no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 15, 2013.  We will identify your essay by number when it is received.  Do not include your name anywhere on any page of your essay.  Please include a separate title page with your name, phone numbers, e-mail, school, and grade.  You may either:

1. EMAIL your entry in either a Word doc or PDF with title page to thawley@toleranceeducationcenter.org. Subject line: Essay Contest Entry.
2. MAIL your entry to: Tolerance Education Center, Attn. Essay Contest, 35147 Landy Lane, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270,  or.
3. DELIVER – Hand deliver your essay to the Tolerance Education Center on or before March 15, 2013, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The Art Competition: This can include sculptures, drawings, photographs, paintings, posters, or a collage.  All charcoal, chalk and pastels must be treated with fixatives. The work must represent the independent effort of the student. It may not exceed the dimensions of 20 inches X 20 inches. A sculpture entry may not exceed 18 inches X 18 inches X 18 inches. The work will be judged for creativity, excellence and content.

Please include the following, on a separate sheet of paper, with your art submission:

  1. A brief artist statement explaining your artwork (no more than 100 words)
  2. Your name, age, grade, contact information- phone/email, school.
  3. Do NOT write your name anywhere on your art work.

Artwork must be personally delivered on or before Friday, March 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM, to: 
The Tolerance Education Center
35147 Landy Lane
Rancho Mirage

There are two divisions for both art and writing categories: Division 1: 8-9th grade;
Division 2: 10-12th grade.  First, second and third prizes will be awarded in each division for both writing and art.

Prizes: First place— $300 and a certificate; Second place— $200 and a certificate; Third place— $100 and a certificate.

All entries remain the property of the Jewish Federation of Palm Springs and Desert Area and the Tolerance Education Center and will not be returned. By participating, permission is granted to publish winning entries in brochures, flyers, other publications and exhibitions. Photo reproductions of winning entries may also be made available to the news media. Winning entries will be displayed at the Tolerance Education Center and on its website. 

For more information, please contact: Melisse Banwer or Talia Hawley at 760-328-8252.


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