For the second year in a row, two Showalter students have won awards in the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s 2017 Writing, Art, and Film Contest. Jordyn Famimiko won first place in the middle-school writing category. Amador Enguerra won an honorable mention in the middle-school art category. They were selected out of more than 900 entries across the region. What excellent and important work!

Last year, Showalter also had two students take top prizes in this contest. Kudos to Showalter Language Arts teachers Emily Tran and Megan Corbin, who annually teach about the historic and current significance of the Holocaust and encourage their students to submit entries to express their own connection to social justice.

Jordyn Famimiko

 

Amador Enguerra

   


Jordyn Famimiko’s winning essay

My Reflection

I will admit that I am small
Only one, of the billions of creatures that inhabit this world
And I fear that my smallness can only achieve so much
And I fear that my smallness will not ignite the flames resting in anyone

You see, my lips are small
Thy lug me through my day, but still they are nothing short of minuscule
And my eyes are quite tiny too
They search for the slightest bit of wholesomeness
Yet, all they see are wounds of spite

My hands,
Bigger than my eyes but smaller than my feet
They clinch at the sight of these wounds
Aware of the atrocities behind them
Aware, of how the skin beneath those jabs and bruises may never mend
My stubby hands alone could never cure a wretched heart

I would say my legs are actually quite lengthy of my age, but they are still so scrawny and weak
They urge me to run from injustice
But, no matter the distance I could manage to escape
Injustice would still sit atop its mighty throne

I know that my body is small
I can see this through any mirror I choose to gaze upon
However, reflections cannot reveal to me the magnitude of my words

My smallness will not pain injustice
But, my keen thought and combating phrases may
My mind is hefty and not weak
Sharp in wisdom and rich in truth
I will believe this, and I will speak it to be true
I will believe that the expressions journeying from my brain and releasing through my mouth are bigger than me
Greater than me
And I will dethrone injustice, not with a mighty sword, but with wounding declarations
I utter to you, who is reading this, through my pint-sized mouth
View yourself through a cleaner lens See the power of your voice
Feed your mind with exceeding amounts of knowledge,
And use this in your combats with injustice
For, injustice cowers at the profoundness of your echo

And that is how injustice will be dethroned
And that is how history will not repeat itself
And that is how holocausts will be events of the distant past and not normalities of daily life
And that is how peace will happen And that is how conflicts will cease
And that is how ignorance will not blossom
And that is how the world will change

I may as well be small, and you may as well be small too
Or someone entirely different altogether
But, I know injustice fears words
Yours and mine alike

Injustice will fall to your feet in shame
For, it’s only defense was hate,
And your voices silences that hate


Amador Enguerra’s winning art

“My piece shows Jews behind a barbed wire fence and a person in front of the fence holding a Black Lives Matter sign. This represents the relationship between the Holocaust and what is happening today. My piece demonstrates the similarities of the struggle of people who have been oppressed. I was inspired by the quote by Elie Wiesel and a famous photograph of a Black Lives Matter protest to show that even though we may have “overcome” the Holocaust, the hatred then still exists now and we need to continue to fight until everyone has equal rights.”