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National Winner: Prose Category

ANKENY, Iowa (March 13, 2019) - Ankeny Centennial High School junior Madeline Gillette won first place in the high school prose category in the Chapman University 20th Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.


More than 8,000 entries from 14 countries and 20 states were submitted based on a holocaust survivor’s or rescuer's testimony in its historical context.  Each student then created a thoughtful response to the testimony in either art, film, poetry, or prose.


Gillette's prose, "Timekeeper," featured holocaust survivor Richard Billauer's story.  He and his wife, Engelina are both survivors.  Gillette presented her winning paper during the awards ceremony on March 8.  Her sponsor is ACHS language arts teacher and speech coach Teresa Lawler.  Gillette completed the story for Introduction to Classic Film before the class watched Schindler’s List


Gillette's winnings include a cash prize for her, Lawler, and ACHS.  In addition, she and Lawler receive an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles in June to meet with holocaust survivors.


Madeline is the daughter of Renee and Brian Gillette of Ankeny.