Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission Awareness - Education - Inspiration

2019 Student Contest

Texas Survivors


The application period for the 2019 THGC Student Contests has closed, but you may still view the testimonies that were used as prompts.  Please return in April for contest results, and don't forget to look for the 2020 contest details later this year!


The THGC is excited to announce our 2019 Student Contest!  If you are a 6th-12th grade Texas student, we want to hear from you. 

This year's theme is Texas Survivors.  Survivors of the Holocaust and modern genocides have attempted to convey their experiences to others, especially the younger generations that represent the future.  By engaging survivors' personal testimonies, Texas students can assume the role of witness and use their knowledge to improve the world in which we live.  

Each submission must be accompanied by the electronic application (form below), parent/guardian permission form (see below for link), and honesty clause form (see below for link).   

All entries are due by 4:00 PM CST on February 28, 2019.  Please see below for the complete prompt, details, and guidelines.  

The contest results will be announced in April 2019, to commemorate Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month.  Each middle school winner will receive a monetary award of $250, and each high school winner will receive a monetary award of $500, generously funded by Friends of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. 

Contact Cheyanne Perkins with any questions, at (512) 463-5674 or cheyanne.perkins@thgc.texas.gov.

Download our flyer for a quick reference to all the details.

General Guidelines

Choose one of the below survivors, and visit the links provided to learn about their experiences.  Then, create a poem or visual art piece that reflects your thoughts on (part of) their testimony. 

Please note: Survivor accounts contain inevitably disturbing themes pertaining to suffering and mass murder.  Testimonies were selected for their ability to educate and evoke an emotional response.

Instructions and Criteria

Holocaust Poetry



Holocaust Visual Arts



Genocide Poetry



Genocide Visual Arts