CJ Artists, Writers Remember Holocaust

Ten CJ visual art and writing students were acknowledged for their award-winning entries in the Max May Memorial Holocaust Art and Writing Contest at the Dayton Area Yom Hashoah Observance Thursday, April 19 at the Beth Abraham Synagogue.

CJ students were among winners selected from various Miami Valley high schools and middle schools who entered the contest across two divisions for grades 5-8 (Div. I) and 9-12 (Div. II). Those recognized for their work at the annual observance included:


  • Jesse Thompson '14, Best in Show
  • Jacoby Cobble '15, 1st Place
  • Patrick Zopff '14, 2nd Place
  • Maggie Mochty '14, 3rd Place
  • Chumani Bowser '15, Honorable Mention


  • Bridget McCormick '12, 1st Place, poetry
  • P.J. Stephens '12, 2nd Place, poetry
  • Breonna Pinson '12, 2nd Place, prose
  • Sharon Reynolds '12, 3rd Place, poetry
  • Daniel Barhorst '12, Honorable Mention, prose

The theme of this year’s contest was “Reflections of the Holocaust: Your thoughts on Bullying, Prejudice and Hatred”. The program featured displays of the award-winning artwork in addition to an address by guest speaker Henry Guggenheimer, a Holocaust survivor, and a performance by the University of Dayton World Music Choir.

Bridget McCormick, who took first place in the high school poetry competition, described the experience as “powerful”. She said having studied the Holocaust in her European Authors class helped put the gravity of the evening into perspective.

“I’ve read stories from survivors, but it was cool to hear it in person and feel the emotion,” McCormick said.

According to a March article published in The Dayton Jewish Observer, Guggenheimer escaped Nazi Germany in 1940 as a 12-year-old boy, traveling east with his widowed mother through Europe to Japan before finally arriving in San Francisco. He currently works in Dayton, guiding tours through the Holocaust exhibit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.