Shaler Area student wins 1st place in International Writing Competition
John Stanton 

Shaler Area High School senior John Stanton won 1st place in High School Creative Writing in the 2019 Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition.

The Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition is open to students in grades 6 to 12, with parallel competitions being held in the Pittsburgh area of the United States and in the Karmiel-Misgav region of Israel. This year’s theme, Women in the Holocaust, 1933-1945, inspired many students who submitted entries in three categories: creative writing, visual arts, or short film (high school only). 

John Stanton’s entry, “Sumpf Sturm,” is a fictional account of a group of people living in the swamps of Poland during World War II and doing whatever they can to thrive and survive and slow the Nazi’s progress. He earned a $500 scholarship for his work.

John Stanton will be recognized at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh’s awards and recognition event on May 1 at Rodef Shalom Synagogue. 

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