On March 10, two St. Junipero Serra Catholic students—and one SJSC graduate—were recognized at the 18th Annual Chapman University Holocaust Art and Writing Contest awards ceremony for their outstanding writing.
Eighth-grade students L. Issa and A. Laster each wrote an essay that was named one of only five finalists in the middle school prose category; Miss Issa's essay went on to place first. Also, SJSC alumna Lillia Velau's ('15) essay was chosen as the first-place entry in the high school prose division.
This year, 250 middle and high schools from more than 30 states and 8 other countries registered to participate in the contest, which involves some 7,000 students.
This is not the first time the work of SJSC students has been recognized. Each year, two student essays are forwarded to Chapman University for the final round of judging. This is the third year in a row that both essays submitted were selected as finalists and that one of those essays went on to place first or second.
Congratulations, Serra Bears!