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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission

Student Contests

"Using Words to Bear Witness"

This year's THGC Student Contest theme was Using Words to Bear Witness. Survivors, witnesses, and others who care about preserving testimonies of the Holocaust and modern genocides have attempted to convey their experiences to others, especially the younger generations that represent the future. By connecting with their words, Texas students can assume the role of witness and use their knowledge to improve the world in which we live.

Submissions were be due by Friday, February 28, 2020 at 4:00 P.M. C.S.T. Each submission needed to be accompanied by the electronic application, parent/guardian permission form, and honesty clause form.

The contest results will be announced in April 2020 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 the Friends of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission.

Download our flyer for a quick reference to all of the details and to share with teachers and students who might be interested in participating.

General Guidelines

  • All submissions were due by 4:00 P.M. C.S.T. on Friday, February 28, 2020
  • Students were allowed to submit an entry in each category (poetry and visual arts), but may submit only one entry per category.
  • All entries must be completely original -- plagiarized works will be immediately disqualified.
  • Each entry must be uploaded and submitted through the application form on this page. A parent/guardian permission form and an honesty clause form must also be signed, uploaded and submitted with each entry.