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Waldman International Arts & Writing Competition

About the Waldmans

Diane and Hal Waldman started the Arts and Writing contest shortly after the Holocaust Center was started in Pittsburgh in the early 1980s. The contest was inspired by meeting many survivors in the Pittsburgh area. The plan came together after a mission trip to Israel with the first director of the Holocaust Center, Isaiah Kuperstein (z”|).

Through the years the contest greatly expanded to include essays, poetry and the visual arts. It also expanded geographically in to Israel. Over almost 40 years, thousands of students have participated in the contest.

Waldman Arts & Writing Competition 2023-2024

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Thank you to all the teachers who participated in the Waldman Competition in the
2023-2024 school year:

Belle Vernon Area Middle School – Carol Frow
Boardman High School – Randy Nord
Carlynton Jr/Sr High School – Wendy Steiner
Fox Chapel Area High School – Jessica Green
Lafayette Middle School – Kimberly Bizik
Mt. Lebanon High School – Julianne Slogick
Northern Potter School District – Deborah Hamilton
Quaker Valley Middle School – Brian Wolovich
Ryan Gloyer Middle School – Meagan Loewy
Seneca Valley Intermediate High School – Michele Russo
Springdale Jr. Sr. High – Sue Mellon
Yeshiva Schools, Boys and Girls – Leah-Perl Shollar

Grand Prize Winner

Paige DeStasio
Seneca Valley
2-D Art: High School

Category Winners

Noah Wiegand
Shaler Area
Essay: High School

Kailyn LaBella
Poetry: Middle School

Rania Innocent
3-D Art: Middle School

Craig Varga
2-D Art: Middle School

Piper Bozick
Mt. Lebanon
Poetry, High School

Rania Innocent
3-D Art: Middle School