Blaine boy wins state essay contest

Published on Thu, Apr 30, 2009
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Blaine boy wins state essay contest

Blaine resident Gene Kovalenso, a sixth-grader at Blaine middle school, has placed in the annual Jacob Friedman Holocaust Writing and Art Contest sponsored by the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center. The topic of the contest this year was: “Think of a person affected by the Holocaust who you will remember for a long time.”

Kovalenso received an honorable mention for his work of art titled, “Hana’s Suitcase,” inspired by the 2007 book by author Karen Levine.

The winning essays and works of art were selected from among 800 entries and received cash prizes as well as recognition during the center’s commemoration of Yom Hashoah (Day of Holocaust Remembrance) on April 26. The winning entries are posted on the Holocaust Center’s website:

The Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational resources to students, teachers, and community groups who want to include Holocaust studies into their curricula. The center provides speakers to classes and community groups through its speakers bureau of Holocaust survivors.

Three winning entries were chosen from grades 5-8 and three from grades 9-12. In total, 12 students will be recognized for their writing and art entries from all across the state of Washington.