For Immediate Release

August 20, 2001

Contact: Tom Holcombe


Holland & Knight Awards College Scholarships
and Announces Winners of 2001
Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest

Washington, D.C. – The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation has announced the winners of the 2001 Holocaust Remembrance Project, a national essay contest for high school students. More than 2,000 entries were received for this year’s contest. Fourteen first place winners from across the nation joined Holocaust educators and survivors for a five-day trip to Washington, D.C. to visit, among other sites, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. More than $20,000 of scholarships and prizes were awarded to 38 first, second, and third place national winners.

A special awards dinner was held on August 7, 2001, in Washington, D.C., to honor this year’s winning students and announce the overall national scholarship winners. Scott Simon of National Public Radio was the keynote speaker and William Sessions, Holland & Knight partner and former the Director of the FBI, was emcee. More than 150 people, including representatives from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Anti-Defamation League, attended the dinner. In addition, six Holocaust survivors were present: Inge Auerbacher, Peter and Alice Masters, Peter Stern, Sam Stern, and Irene Zisblatt. Whitney Jones, a senior at John Carroll High School in Ft. Pierce, Florida, received the top prize, a $5,000 scholarship. Reena Mittleman from Baltimore, Maryland, and Jeremy Hobbs from San Dimas, California won $3,000 and $1,000 scholarships, respectively.

"This project is a phenomenal program that enables us to encourage students all around the country to study issues related to the Holocaust," said Steve Uhlfelder, chairman of the Holocaust Remembrance Project. "This year’s writing contest has inspired over 2000 young people around the country to submit wonderful essays and will continue to encourage the winners and participants to never forget the significance of this most tragic period in modern history."

"The project encourages students, like myself, to think of the world around us and helps us develop higher moral values," said Whitney Jones, recipeint of the top scholarship prize. "The visit to Washington, DC will stay with us forever. It has helped us gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust, the events surrounding it and its effects on our lives today."

The fourteen national winners are: Kyle Carson Blair from Wayne, OK; Chelsea L. Corcoran-Quadt from Pensacola, FL; Carissa Gonzalez from Arlington, TX; Akaashy Gupta from Fullerton, CA; Jeremy Hobbs from San Dimas, CA; Henryk Jaronowski from Monroe, NY; Evan Jones of Los Gatos, CA; Whitney E. Jones from Vero Beach, FL; Jonathan Kanary from Coalgate, OK; Megan Landfriend of Greenville, PA; Amanda Loder of Newton, IO; Reena Mittleman of Baltimore, MD; Kelli Rhiannon Murphy from Gulf Breeze, FL; and Joshua Simon of Henderson, NV.

Since its inception in 1995, the Holocaust Remembrance Project has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships, cash and prizes.

Videos of the awards dinner and photographs from the trip are available upon request. Interviews with students may be arranged by contacting Tom Holcombe at 813-227-6471.

The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, Inc. is a 501 © (3) organization formed by Holland & Knight LLP to promote the tools to meet the most crucial needs of children. Holland & Knight employees volunteer in Foundation programs to mentor, tutor, coach and promote literacy within public schools and community centers in every Holland & Knight community in the United States.

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