Ukrainian Holodomor Awareness Competition 2024

Ukrainian Holodomor Awareness Competition 2024

Ukraine has been in the world view since February 2022 when Russia launched an unprovoked  war against Ukraine. The atrocities committed against a peaceful nation beg the question “Why?” A cursory look at the history of Ukraine will reveal a long record of oppression, in particular, the deliberate starvation of millions in Ukraine during Stalin’s regime, known as the Holodomor. This genocide has been covered up and denied by the Russian government to this day.

In the 1930s, the Soviet Communist regime perpetrated one of the most devastating genocides of the 20th century. The study of the Holodomor offers a key to understanding Russia’s current genocidal war against Ukraine.

Objectives of the student competition: 1. To acquire knowledge about the Holodomor 2. To present or publish a product about the Holodomor 3. To raise awareness about the Holodomor by sharing this product within an educational or community setting

Suggested formats for submission:

Writing: Research essay, newspaper article, short story, play, poem, interview with a Holodomor survivor or descendant, a comparison of the Holodomor to other genocides and/or to Russia’s current war against Ukraine, analysis of the U.N. Convention on Genocide as applied to the Holodomor and current war, the role of journalists during the Holodomor

Web-based projects: Multimedia, PowerPoint, Video
Submissions must include a list of reference sources and/or survivor and witness testimony. Maximum of three students per submission. Winners in the group will share the prize.


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Prior to submission, students must present their submission to a class, club, library, or other community organization or provide evidence of a published product within the time frame of the competition. The attached U.S. Holodomor Student Competition Form must be completed by the student’s teacher/advisor and accompany the submission.

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Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2024

Holodomor Student Competition is only for high school students in grades 9 – 12 in the United States.

Prizes for competition winners are:

Grades: 9 – 10 1st place – $500 2nd place – $300 3rd place – $100
Grades: 11 – 12 1st place – $500 2nd place – $300 3rd place – $100