Somersworth Middle School students Bhargavi Nimoji, Dominique Audrey, Isabella Connelly, Rachael Wattimena, and Gabrielle Suleiman took top honors in a statewide video contest to raise awareness of genocide. Photo by Judi Currie/Fosters.com
By Judi Currie
Posted Jun. 10, 2015 at 6:11 PM
Updated Jun 10, 2015 at 8:17 PM
SOMERSWORTH — Five students from Somersworth Middle School will share more than $1,000 in prize money, receive citations from the governor and be recognized in a ceremony at city hall on Monday for their work to bringing awareness to genocide.
The five eighth-graders swept the top awards in NH Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month video contest.
The contest was sponsored by the state legislature, Governor Maggie Hassan’s office and the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies at Keene State College.
As the eighth grade students were studying the holocaust, teacher Jacqueline Hanlon offered them the opportunity to participate in the contest as an after-school activity.
“The kids came after school and we went over the rules and I just acted as a facilitator to help with language and keep them on task,” said Hanlon.
She said the theme of the first-ever contest was “Raphael Lemkin – A New Conscience for Humanity.”
Lemkin, a Polish lawyer who emigrated to the United States in 1941, is best known for his work against genocide, and he created the word genocide.