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Eighth-grader wins regional essay contest

What began as a class assignment in an eighth grade English honors course, ended as an award and presentation for Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Middle School student, Claire Pike. Her essay revolved around communicating about the holocaust in technology. It was submitted into the 2017 B’nai B’rith Capital Area Holocaust Essay Contest and won first prize for a middle school submission.

“I can’t say I was particularly excited about it in the beginning,” Pike said of the assignment. “But once I got the idea for it, it started to become more exciting.”

She stressed the value of educating people about the holocaust through technology, believing that technology allows information to reach a greater audience.

“The Holocaust was such a big event, such a terrible event,” Pike said. “It’s an important thing to remember and to think about how we can make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Pike does not consider herself a writer and with this being her first entry into a writing contest, she did not expect to win.

“I was pretty excited when I found out,” she said. “My parents and friends all congratulated me.”

Pike received a $200 award and read her essay aloud at the June 7 winners’ ceremony.