never again.pagesNever Again!

An Essay Contest sponsored by the Maureen and Robert Freedland Fund for Studies of the Holocaust

See a story on the 2016 winner, Annika Dome, a sophomore at Logan High School.

Read the winning essay: America ready to repeat mistakes from 70 years ago

Related media coverage

New essay contest has students comparing Holocaust to current events  • WIZM • April 22, 2016

Logan student wins prize for Holocaust studies  • WXOW • April 21, 2016

Logan student wins Holocaust essay contest • La Crosse Tribune • April 21, 2016

Please watch for updates on the 2017 contest — information will be posted here as it becomes available.

This new essay contest, under the sponsorship of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation, is designed to bring new meaning to studies of the Holocaust (Shoah) by connecting it with 21st century issues.

Many have warned that the atrocities of the 20th Century must “never again” occur. However, the 21st Century has seen many incidents of racial, ethnic and religious persecution and even genocide.

The contest is open to all School District of La Crosse high school students. They should take the lessons learned or ignored from the Holocaust and write a thoughtful essay applying them to current issues, events or beliefs of their choice.

Winning essays from School District of La Crosse high schools will be recognized and honored with cash prizes of $250 for first prize and $100 for second, and an opportunity for publication.

2016 Guidelines and Expectations

  • Deadline for entries is March 1, 2016.
  • Submit your essay using the online entry form (NOTE: entries are not being accepted at this time).
  • Essays must be the writer’s own work and be about 1,000 words.
  • Although not a research essay, students should list sources for any quoted material at the end of their paper.
  • Submission of your entry indicates permission to publish. Sponsors reserve the right to not issue awards if essays do not meet expected standards.
  • Find further information on this website about the Maureen and Robert Freedland Fund for Studies of the Holocaust, or contact the LPEF office at (608) 787-0226.

Judging criteria

  • Respectful discourse
  • Logical thought
  • Knowledge of historic and current events
  • Creativity
  • Essays will be judged anonymously