GHS Innovation Lab students win top prizes in Genocide Awareness Competition

Four ninth-grade humanities students from Greenwich High School’s Innovation Lab program have won top prizes in the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education’s National Genocide Awareness Competition.

Students were invited to create and submit an original project in visual arts, poetry, music, or other artistic medium that commemorates an aspect of genocide that occurred in the 20th or 21st century.

According to the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education, April was Genocide Awareness Month because “many genocides that took place in the 20th and 21st centuries began in April or include events events that happened in April”.

Through the student competition, the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education encouraged students to raise awareness about these genocides and the ongoing “crimes against humanity”, and above all, to remember of those who have been lost because of “man’s inhumanity to man”.

Lorenzo Pugliese, Benjamin Adovasio, Maya Antipov. Not pictured: Sasha Peterson.

First place: Maya Antipov; Original art, “Left Behind” commemorating the victims of the war in Syria

Second place: Benjamin Adovasio; Exhibition of original works of art, 3D model “The Ukrainian conflict memorial”
commemorating the atrocities currently taking place in Ukraine

Third place: Sasha Peterson; Original art, “The Hidden Genocide” depicting the Rohingya minority targeted by the Myanmar government

Honorable Mention: Lorenzo Pugliese; The Uyghurs – Video illustrating the genocidal actions currently being carried out by the Chinese government against this ethnic and religious minority The Center for Human Rights Education will make a donation on behalf of the winners to the Afya Foundation, a Westchester-based organization.

Afya provides an eco-friendly, community-driven solution to help address the critical shortage of medical supplies in underserved communities around the world.

Currently, they are working in partnership with US-Ukraine-Foundation and others to support the Ukrainian medical community and refugees seeking help. The Afya Disaster Response Center has prepared wound care, surgical and biomedical equipment for medical providers to ensure they have the supplies they need to treat soldiers and injured civilians.

About the Greenwich High School Innovation Lab
Innovation Lab is a rigorous, interdisciplinary school-in-school model at Greenwich High School. This progressive and personalized model is designed and implemented by a dedicated team of GHS educators who rely on innovative teaching methods, project-based and blended learning strategies and state-of-the-art technology applications, the all within the larger GHS infrastructure.

Innovation Lab is dedicated to fostering creativity, curiosity, and purpose through an interdisciplinary and academically rigorous college preparatory program. Teachers blend core disciplines to create STEM and humanities in a project-based approach. Students develop the skills and content knowledge they need by connecting to questions and topics of interest. With guidance, they discover their passions and impact the community as a whole. Ninth, 10th and 11th graders are eligible to join the program. The research and development of the GHS Innovation Lab is supported by a generous grant from the Greenwich Alliance for Education.

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