HHS student attends Holocaust seminar in Europe

HHS student attends Holocaust seminar in Europe
Posted on 09/21/2018

Harlandale High School senior Anthony Valdez was one of 12 students selected from San Antonio to participate in a Holocaust Study Seminar organized by the Jewish Federation of San Antonio.

The 12-week program empowers young people to understand the atrocities of the Holocaust in ways that will help them transmit the lessons of history to their peers.

It was his English teacher, Kimberly Grossett, who first introduced him to the program last school year. She also helped him during the essay and interview phases of the application process. Ultimately, he was selected out of 50 applicants.

“I’m so proud of Anthony and his achievements in the program,” Grossett said. “He said it was a very moving experience.”

Anthony attended 11 sessions every other Sunday afternoon during last year’s spring semester and completed two projects about the Holocaust and genocide. The program culminated in an all-expenses paid 10-day trip to Germany and Poland, which took place over the summer break.

During the trip, Anthony had the opportunity to visit Holocaust sites and memorials in three cities, including the site of the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

One of his projects prior to leaving on the trip was to research the Warsaw Ghetto. Then, he was tasked with teaching his fellow students in the program about it when they visited the site.

During an Open House event held at the San Antonio Jewish Community Center on Sept. 16, Grossett heard nothing but praise from the leaders and organizers of this program about Anthony.

“He was a great representative of Harlandale ISD,” she added. “I’m so thrilled that I could bring this program to students at Harlandale. Just trying to spread that Indian pride citywide!”

Way to go, Anthony!

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