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Laura Fennessy, 1942, Grade 10, Age 15, Auburn High School, Auburn, NY

Last year, with The Gedenk Movement, co-founded by CEO Miri Ben-Ari, Grammy award-winning violinist and producer, we launched The Gedenk Award for Tolerance. We saw so many powerful and stunning works! The Gedenk Award for Tolerance saw an unprecedented number of submissions in its first year, many students created original works of art and writing to show the importance of cultivating tolerance and safeguarding a peaceful society, based on the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides.

We’re excited to see what is submitted by students for the 2015 Awards, and are sure that the examples from last year will serve as inspiration. Take a peek at all of last year’s Gedenk Award for Tolerance recipients! You can even hear from some of the medalists themselves.

  • Ross Cardillo, Value, Grade 12, Age 18, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA
  • Alissa Damato, Religious Rifle, Grade 12, Age 18, Centreville High School, Centreville, VA
  • Laura Fennessy, 1942, Grade 10, Age 15, Auburn High School, Auburn, NY
  • Lily Gordon, Reconstruction Wings, Grade 9, Age 14, Bard High School Early College, New York, NY
  • Elodie Nix, Dust, Grade 7, Age 11, John Jay Middle School, Katonah, NY

Five Scholastic Awards participants will receive National Medals and $1,000 each for their work addressing the Gedenk Movement’s important mission. Work may be submitted within any of the Awards’ art and writing categories via our online registration system. Find out more about it this new opportunity at www.artandwriting.org/Gedenk.

And be sure to check out their site, GedenkMovement.org!

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Ross Cardillo, Value, Grade 12, Age 18, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA

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Alissa Damato, Religious Rifle, Grade 12, Age 18, Centreville High School, Centreville, VA

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