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Students Connect With Holocaust Survivors

Teacher Nicole McGee, second from right, with students Brady Sagert, Adam Langevin, and Isabella Orr, who entered Chapman’s Holocaust writing contest.

Teacher Nicole McGee, second from right, with students Brady Sagert, Adam Langevin, and Isabella Orr, who entered Chapman’s Holocaust writing contest.

Students Adam Langevin and Isabella Orr of Laguna Beach’s St. Catherine of Siena Parish School are finalists in Chapman University’s annual Holocaust art and writing contest, which concludes with a presentation by 1939 Club survivors on Friday, March 8.

Holocaust studies are part of the statewide curriculum of eighth-graders. The university, which established a Holocaust education chair in 2000, invites students from throughout the state to listen to video testimony of a Holocaust survivor from an online database and to respond through the form of poetry, art, or prose to the individual’s experiences.

At St. Catherine, the top three entries from the class are selected by the teachers and submitted to the contest. This year, Brady Sagert has been selected for her art, Adam Langevin for his essay, and Isabella Orr for her art.

Adam and Isabella are both finalists in the contest, which draws hundreds of submissions vying for cash prizes and a study trip to Washington D.C.

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