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Two eighth-graders win annual essay contest

Two students smile at cameraEighth-grade students, Uchenna Uba and Maria Morrow took first and second prize, respectively, in the 2018 B’nai B’rith Capital Area Holocaust Essay Contest. The annual, non-commercial essay contest is open to all 12 counties in the Capital District.

The young writers answered the question: What lessons can we learn from the rise of Fascism in Germany and the Holocaust in Europe? Can a similar abuse of power occur today and, if so, how might you contribute toward preventing it?

Uba and Morrow wrote their essays as a part of an exploration of the Holocaust through literature in their Honors English class. As Honors English and Honors Social Studies curriculum often overlaps, they were able to draw upon knowledge learned in both classes.

“Uba and Morrow clearly expressed their voices drawing from current events to help further answer the complex essay question,” English Teacher Nicole Weiss said.

This is the second consecutive year that a student from the Honors English 8 class has won the contest. Last year, Claire Pike’s essay took first prize.

Both young ladies were honored at a ceremony on June 6, at the Golub Center in Albany where they read their essays aloud and received awards. Cash prizes are awarded to all winners.