Student Leadership Board 2020-2021
Developing Compassionate Leaders through Education and Action. Get involved and make a difference.
See Student Projects - Students worked individually or in groups to share the stories of local Holocaust survivors.
The 2020-2021 Student Leadership Board:
- 64 students motivated and passionate students from across the state of Washington
- Spanning grades 7-12
- Representing public schools, private schools, home schools
- From a diverse set of backgrounds, ethnicities and religions
- Coming together to learn, listen, and lead
Schools represented by this year's Student Leadership Board:
*If more than one member is from a school, that number is represented in ( )
Albert Einstein Middle School, Shoreline | Auburn Academy, Auburn | Auburn High School, Auburn | Ballard High School, Seattle (2) | Beaver Lake Middle School, Sammamish | Billings Middle School, Seattle | Brier Terrace Middle School, Brier (4) | Downtown School, Seattle | Edmonds Woodway HS, Edmonds | Gibson Ek, Issaquah (2) | Ingraham High School, Seattle | Issaquah HS, Issaquah | Issaquah MS, Issaquah | Jackson High School, Mill Creek | Jewish Day School, Bellevue (2) | Kent Lake HS, Kent | Kent Merdian HS, Kent (3) | Lakeside School, Seattle (3) | Liberty HS, Renton | Maywood MS, Renton (2) | Mercer Island HIgh School, Mercer Island (7) | Narrows View Intermediate, University Place | Nathan Hale HS, Seattle | North Central High School, Spokane (2) | Peninsula High School, Kitsap | Pullman High School, Pullman | Raisbeck Aviation HS, Tukwila | Seattle Academy (4) | Seattle Girls School, Seattle | Seattle Hebrew Academy | Skyline High School, Sammamish | St. Luke School, Shoreline (2) | St. Thomas School, Medina | Summit Sierra, Seattle | Tahoma High School, Maple Valley | The Overlake School, Redmond | Timbercrest MS, Woodinville | Tumwater HS, Tumwater | University Prep, Seattle (3) | Voyager MS, Everett | West Seattle High School, Seattle
The Student Leadership Board
Through Project-Based Learning, members of the Student Leadership Board develop skills for leadership and teamwork, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving while gaining a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and making a positive difference in their schools and in their communities.
The Student Leadership Board is selected through an application process. Students in 7th-11th grade in Washington State were invited to apply. Students commit to:
- Participate in virtual meetings, twice a month.
- Work together to carry out meaningful projects that support the Holocaust Center's mission and provide real-world leadership experience.
- Provide feedback on the Holocaust Center's programs and serve as ambassadors.
- Hear from community leaders.
- Learn more about leadership, the Holocaust, human rights, genocide, and related local issues.
- Work with the Holocaust Center’s artifacts and local Holocaust survivors.
- Serve on the Student Leadership Board for one school year.
Members of the SLB were paired with members of the Holocaust Center's Speakers Bureau (Holocaust survivors and their descendants). Students were asked to present the person's story (in a medium of their choice) to their class/school/community. See their projects below!
Ine van Dam - By Emmit DeHart
Ada van Esso was a Dutch Jewish teen when her family left Meppels for Amsterdam. Ada van Esso survived Auschwitz, Ravensbrück and death marches. When the war was over Ada returned to Holland and married Hans van Dam. They moved to the Caribbean Island of Curaçao, Ada van Esso's legacy and story is carried on by her daughter Ine van Dam. In my art I decided to portray Ada van Esso story through a photo collage, from the story her daughter told me.
Ine van Dam - By Annabelle Falconer
Family Album: the Story of Ada van Esso and Ine-Marie van Dam - By Catherine Lirtsman
Rolf Gompertz, survivor, and his son Ron Gompertz - By Ella Gonchar, Hannah and Alyssa Boden
Herbert Friedman, survivor, and his son Ron Friedman - By Lauren Sun
Herbert Friedman, survivor, and his son Ron Friedman - By Clementine Berg (See image below)
Izzy Darakhovskiy, survivor - By Samara Nagel (See video below)
Tom Lenda, survivor, and his daughter, Hana Kern - By Talia LeVine and Nava Carlyle (See image below)
Tom Lenda and Hana Kern - Play the Kahoot quiz by Liana Rodriguez and Matthew Sylvester!
Harriet Mendels, survivor - By Mario Falit-Baiamonte
Harriet Mendels, survivor - By Shira Delcau and Talia Meglathery (See image below)
Sam and Esther Goldberg, survivors, and daughter-in-law Karen Treiger - By Sam Ruzumna (See video below)
Charlotte Wollheim, survivor - By Abby Kroopkin
Charlotte Wollheim, survivor - By Natalie Lirtsman
Barbara Sachs D'Asaro, survivor - By Harry Bloom, Hannah Kellerman, Harmony Pham, and Gabe Regelbrugge
Betsy Touriel-Kapner Family Journey - By Brooke Mihlstin, Stella Gardner, and Grace Nesbit
Arik Cohen - By Devon Benaroya (See image below)
Arik Cohen - By Nora Campbell
My speaker was Arik Cohen. All four of his grandparents survived the Holocaust, and they all took very different paths during the Holocaust, but their children eventually ended up in the same place, which is what stood out to me the most. I drew and painted this map, and charted where each grandparent traveled during the Holocaust with a different color string. A few countries are filled in with prints of Arik’s grandparent’s documents.
Ingrid Steppic - By Hannah Stone and Anisha Singh - Listen to the Podcast!
Ingrid Steppic - By Tyler Rubinstein
Clarice Wilsey, daughter of Dr. David Wilsey - By Romi Silverman
Naomi's Story (Naomi Newman, daughter of Holocaust survivors) - By Noah Willson
All About Vera Federman - Instagram Stories designed by Mira Brown
Vera Federman - by Ava Miller and Samantha Tarlowe
Agi Day - By Matthew Gardner
Agi Day - By Owen Lee
Joe Lewinsohn - By Yzie Del Rosario, Max Hense, Delia Santel, and Owen Turcotte
This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of George Elbaum and Mimi Jensen, Paul and Leora Bloom, and Errol and Ruth Ann Ger. Special thanks also goes to the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.