Our Goal


The Holocaust Commission is dedicated to encouraging students to learn about the Holocaust and apply its many lessons to their own lives. The Commission wants students to understand the importance and true nature of moral courage, as the dangers of all types of prejudice, peer pressure, unthinking obedience to authority, and indifference to the suffering of others are still widespread in our world. It is essential that young people develop the moral courage necessary to defeat these dangers, for their own sake and for the protection of our democratic values.

For more information, including competition prompts and practice entry forms, click  below.

Competitions are open to middle and high school students.


Junior Division: 

Grades 6-8

Senior Division:

Grades 9-12


Prizes will be awarded in each category and division.

First Place: $225

Second Place: $150

Third Place: $100

Winners of Visual Art Competitions will also receive a certificate for one Teen Studio Program from Virginia MOCA.

Notification of Winners

ALL competition winners will be notified by email no later than Monday, April 4, 2022.

Competition Deadlines

Writing and Multimedia Entries

All writing and multimedia competition entries must be uploaded by 4:00 PM, Friday, February 11, 2022.

Visual Arts Entries

Visual arts entries must be uploaded by 4:00 PM, Friday, February 18, 2022.