Sala Kryszek Art & Writing Competition

The annual Sala Kryszek Art & Writing Competition for middle and high school students encourages youth to evaluate history, foster an awareness of the Holocaust, and broaden their minds in the areas of art, history, civics, sociology, and literature. For the competition, students are presented with a prompt that becomes their cue to create a piece of writing or a work of art. 

The prompts for the contest provide an opportunity for students to consider the circumstances in which a situation like the Holocaust can occur. We hope educators will encourage students to participate in the competition by helping them interpret this prompt in a way that is relevant to their classrooms. Entries can reflect a wide range of literary and world history topics, although we ask students to relate their responses in some way to what they've learned about the Holocaust. 

Important Dates

Entry deadline is Spring 2017.  Dates will be posted in August.




2016 Winners

2016 Grand Prize for Art, Ellen McMillan

2016 Winners

Middle School First Place, Gretchen Sorensen

2016 Winners

High School First Place, Riccardo Abbate

2016 Winners

High School Second Place, Emma Phillips

2016 Winners

Middle School Second Place, Lizzie O'Mahony



Grand Prize Overall for Writing
Abigail Marx, 9th grade, Never Be Forgotten. Teacher, Carrie McCallum, St. Helen's High School 

Grand Prize Overall for Art
Ellen McMillan, 8th grade, Out of the Ashes. Teacher, Mary Lukehart, Fred Patton Middle School


WRITING – MIDDLE SCHOOL
First
Basia Ward, 8th grade, Searching Through Memories. Teacher, Sam Blumberg, Portland Jewish Academy

Second
Jordan McElroy, 8th grade, Rot. Teacher, Carrington Light, Riverdale Grade School

Third
Olivia DiGiulio, 8th grade, Coming Back Home. Teacher, Mary Ellen Harmeyer, St. Clare School

Honorable Mention
Megan Bomberger, 8th grade, Zealot. Teacher, Mary Lukehart, Fred Patton Middle School

Honorable Mention
Dylan Smith, 8th grade, Imagine. Teacher, Holly Walsh, Catlin Gabel School
  
WRITING – HIGH SCHOOL
First
Binh Luu, 11th grade, I Was Blind. Teacher, Marty Karlin, Valley Catholic High School 

Second
Emily Grasberger, 11th grade, Moving Forward. Teacher, Marty Karlin, Valley Catholic High School

Third
Noel Dobney-Burns, 12th grade, Dear Future President. Teacher, Evelyn Wilson, Tillamook High School

Honorable Mention
Markita Martin, 12th grade, Silence is the Killer. Teacher, Evelyn Wilson, Tillamook High School

ART – MIDDLE SCHOOL
First
Gretchen Sorensen, 8th grade, Why? Teacher, Mary Lukehart, Fred Patton Middle School

Second
Lizzie O'Mahony, 8th grade, Toxic. Teacher, Marie Acurso, St. Clare School

Third
Olivia DiGiulio, 8th grade, We Must. Teacher, Marie Acurso, St. Clare School 

Honorable Mention
Everett Eisner, 8th grade, Refugees. Teacher, Marie Acurso, St. Clare School

ART – HIGH SCHOOL
First
Riccardo Abbate, 12th grade, Be the Voice for the Voiceless. Teacher, Evelyn Wilson, Tillamook High School 

Second
Emma Phillips, 9th grade, Resilience. Teacher, Carrie McCallum, St. Helens High School

Third
Elizabeth Gazćon-Chesbro, 12th grade, Out With the Good, In With the Bad. Teacher, Bethany Rivard, Fort Vancouver High School 

Honorable Mention
Joanna Benito, 12th grade, Move Into the Light. Teacher, Evelyn Wilson, Tillamook High School 

Honorable Mention
Nathan Buizon, 9th grade, Beneath the Currents of War. Teacher, Marty Karlin, Valley Catholic High School

Honorable Mention
Alyssa Miller, 11th grade, The Bones of Mob-Mentality. Teacher, Marty Karlin, Valley Catholic High School 

2016 Creative Prompt

To thoughtfully respond to the prompt, carefully consider these questions: 
How could the Holocaust happen in a country like Germany, a country with abundant education and people who achieved great advancements in science, art, music, literature and philosophy? Do you think that something like this still happens in the world today?  What steps can you take now and in the future to offset these events from taking place? 

The Prompt
Using what you have learned about the Holocaust, create a piece of writing or a work of visual art that reflects your response to the above questions. Visual art submissions require a brief ‘artist statement’ of one or two sentences describing your association between Holocaust history and the artwork you created in response to the prompt.

All students must submit completed Registration and signed Release Forms for both art and writing submissions. 


A Grand Prize Sala Kryszek Award winner will be selected in both the writing and art categories. These students, along with one of their parents and one of their teachers, will travel to Washington, D.C., to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In addition, judges will award first, second, and third place prizes in two divisions: the senior high school division (Grades 9-12), and the junior middle school division (Grades 6-8). Honorable mentions may be awarded. All winners will receive a Certificate of Achievement.


Winning entries will be displayed at OJMCHE and potentially other exhibit venues where communities that extend beyond the classroom can celebrate your students’ outstanding achievements. 


The competition is dedicated to the memory of Sala Kryszek, a Holocaust survivor who came to Portland after the Second World War and lived here until her death in 1986. The Jakob Kryszek family generously funds the program.






Entries for this year’s competition are due Friday, March 20, 2015. 


Winners will be notified during mid-April and will be invited to an awards ceremony on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015. 


Entries for this year’s competition are due Friday, March 20, 2015. 


Winners will be notified during mid-April and will be invited to an awards ceremony on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015. 


Entries for this year’s competition are due Friday, March 20, 2015. 


Winners will be notified during mid-April and will be invited to an awards ceremony on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015.