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Annika Dome, a sophomore at La Crosse Logan High School, has won first-place in a new essay contest designed to bring added meaning to studies of the Holocaust by connecting it with 21st century issues.

Two other Logan students — Lily Janezich and Isaiah Nelsen, both juniors — won honorable mention in the contest, sponsored by the Maureen and Robert Freedland Fund for Studies of the Shoah. Dome was awarded the $250 first prize Thursday at a school assembly.

“Adolf Hitler is now one of the most infamous historical figures due to his intense fury that, by instilling fear in the minds of his citizens, came at the cost of genocide and other such unjust actions,” she wrote in her essay. “One of the most important lessons of the Holocaust is to be on guard against intolerance and demagoguery.”

The Maureen and Robert Freedland Fund is an endowment established by the La Crosse Community Foundation in 2007. Annual proceeds support grants awarded by the La Crosse Public Education Foundation to help students advance their understanding of the Shoah, the systematic genocide against the Jewish people and other “undesirable” groups targeted for destruction by the Nazis in World War II.

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Nathan Hansen has been the Education Reporter for the Tribune since 2014. Prior to that, he covered education, agriculture and business topics for the Winona Daily News. He is always on the lookout for news tips and can be contacted at 608-791-8234.

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