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Never Again!

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

This 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.

2017 Guidelines and Expectations

Judging criteria

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

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