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Ninth-grader Hadley Cupp of St. Helens High School (SHHS) was awarded first place in the high-school writing category of the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s 2018 Writing, Art, & Film Contest. The full list of winners and their work can be viewed at https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/writing-art-film-contest.

Hadley’s piece, entitled “Remember”, is a powerful work on the importance of standing up for those who are suffering. She will be honored in a community reception on July 15, taking place at the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity from 10am-12pm. Her work will be displayed at the Holocaust Center, online, at events, and in publications throughout the year.

This year, 1032 students from a total of 75 different schools entered the Center’s Writing, Art, and Film Contest.

“When the entries pour in from students around the state, from rural and urban public schools, parochial schools, students who are home schooled—really all over—we see that students strive and genuinely intend to improve our world. It’s very inspiring, and tells us that our work at the Center is as important today as it’s ever been.” – Ilana Cone Kennedy, Director of Education

Cupp’s complete submission can be read in its entirety to below.


“Remember”

Remember.

Just because they're bigger,

doesn't mean they're right.

Just because they say they're right,

doesn't make it so.

When everyone is following

I don't have to go.

It's hard to feel alone.

It's hard to think I'm the only one who cares.

But if I don't show I do,

who will?

If I stay silent,

who am I hurting?

If I go along and know it's wrong,

more are hurt than just me.

I have to remember those who went first.

I can be like Elie Wiesel.

I have to remember those who chose to be brave

when it wasn’t easy.

I can be like Irena Sendler.

If I stay silent,

who am I hurting?

What if the one hurting

just needed one person?

What if the one person

was me?

If I stay silent,

more suffer than me.

I have to remember those who showed me the way.

I can be like Corrie Ten Boom.

I have to remember that staying silent

hurts us all.

It hurts me.

It hurts them.

I can’t just watch.

I can't wait for someone else to do something.

I need to be the one.

Which side do I choose?

I need to take a stand.

If I don't stand up,

the wrong side wins.

If I do stand up,

I’ll never regret doing what's right.

What if the one hurting

just needed one person?

What if the one person

was me?

I have to be brave like them.

I can be like Anne Frank.

I have to remember.

Stand up.

Don't be silent.

Show others the way.

Remember.

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