Students place in Elie Wiesel competition

For 10 years, Norfolk Collegiate’s students have been participating in the Elie Wiesel Writing and Visual Arts Competition. This year three students were honored for their entries in the 2017 Elie Wiesel Writing Competition, including Christopher Signorelli ’22, Victoria Chapel ’22 and Julianna Selig ’22.

  • Christopher received first-place honors in the junior division for his poem “The Playground.”
  • Victoria received an honorable mention in the junior division for her poem “There Was a Fire.”
  • Julianna was a finalist in the essay category, meaning her entry was among the judges finalist in the final round.

The Elie Wiesel competition is hosted annually by the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Middle and high school students participate in writing and visual arts competitions named in Elie Wiesel’s honor. Wiesel is a Romanian-born Jewish writer and Holocaust survivor. Students select the category they wish to enter to prepare a project around the topic of the competition.

“The contest provides a unique learning opportunity for students to explore the past and try to understand and identify with the struggles of those who lived through it,” said English teacher Jill Archer, who encouraged the students to enter the competition. “It also allows students to reflect on their current society and think about the injustices around us and how they can personally make a difference in the lives of others.” 

The students were honored for their work on April 23, 2017, at Ohef Sholom Temple in Norfolk.

Click here to read Christopher’s poem.

Click here to read Victoria’s poem.