DEL RIO, Texas – Del Rio Sector’s Diversity and Inclusions Program Committee recently hosted an art competition intended to represent the Holocaust. “Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust” is an 8-day period designated by the United States Congress for civic commemorations and special educational programs that help citizens remember and draw lessons from the Holocaust.
Students from the Del Rio and Comstock school districts seventh and eigth grades were tasked with creating their own art exhibits to compete for top honors. Over 100 students participated in the art contest but only 17 were selected as finalist and invited to Del Rio Border Patrol Sector Headquarters for the awards ceremony to reveal the winners.
“All the students did an outstanding job with their art exhibits. Congratulations to all the winners of the Days of Remembrance contest and to all the students that participated,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Rodolfo Karisch. “In the end it was about a learning experience and awareness of a time in history that should never be forgotten so that it may never be repeated by future generations.”
The students, through their research, created magnificent art exhibits that helped bring to light the experiences the victims of the Holocaust endured. One student drew a picture of a tattoo gun, which was used to tattoo numbers issued to every person sent to a concentration camp. Another student drew a scene of an entrance to a concentration camp, depicting the outside as a peaceful place, but once inside, the camp was depicted as a terrible reality.
The judging process was a difficult task as all the entries were worthy of top honors. Unfortunately only one could be the winner. Once the art work was narrowed down by the teachers of the Del Rio and Comstock school districts, they were then turned over to Del Rio Sector Headquarters to vote on the winners.
The winners were:
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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