Two students earn first place at Chapman Holocaust Art and Writing Contest, while PYLUSD is recognized for total secondary participation

YLHS winner of contest.Contest winner Nicholas Franklyn (middle, left) is pictured here with Video Production teacher, Richard Cadra (left), and Language Arts teacher, Sarah Shay (right), as well as Yorba Linda High School principal, Dave Flynn.

Several students the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) were named finalists in Chapman University’s 19th annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest, with two taking home first place.

Here is a summary of the District’s first place winners:

Nicholas Franklyn, Grade 12 (pictured above) 
Yorba Linda High School
Category: High School Film
Title: Not Forgotten
Teacher: Richard Cadra

Yoosung Jung, Grade 8
Yorba Linda Middle School
Category: Middle School Film
Title: Identity
Teacher: Cameron Castaneda

YLMS winner of contest.

Yorba Linda Middle School student Yoosung Jung pictured with teacher, Cameron Castaneda, and principal, Dr. Tamar Kataroyan.

The awards ceremony took place on Friday, March 9, at Chapman University in Orange. This year’s contest theme was “Messenger of Memory.” Presented by Chapman’s Barry and Phyllis Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, the competition is the largest of its kind in the nation.

Notably, PYLUSD was the only school district in the world to have all of its middle and high schools take part in this competition, with 13 schools total. This level of participation earned PYLUSD a special keepsake plaque from Chapman University for the third year in a row.

Board of Education Vice President, Carrie Buck, with the District’s plaque from Chapman University signifying all secondary participation.

Here is a complete list of the District’s finalists in the competition:

  • Lauren Nichols, Esperanza High School – Art
  • Ilsa Bauer, Esperanza High School – Art
  • Ekaterina Pedyash, Valencia High School – Poetry
  • Kristina Haung, Travis Ranch School – Art
  • Kalissa Madison, Tuffree Middle School – Prose

 

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