Holodomor Essay Prize Results

AUGB is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 Holodomor Essay Prize Competition. The essay prize was launched with the vision to inspire academic investigation by sixth form school students in the UK into the little known topic of the Holodomor, the barbaric and systematic starvation of millions of Ukrainians over a period of just 18 months in 1932-33, on the most fertile lands in Europe. The Holodomor is generally not covered in the UK school curriculum and the essay prize was devised as a means of raising awareness and introducing the topic of Holodomor to young people, teachers and schools. 

The winners of the 2018 Holodomor Essay Prize are: 

First Prize: £1000

Aisha Taylor Duran, Highgate Wood Secondary School, London

Second Prize: £400

Parys Miah, St. Dominic’s Sixth Form College, Harrow 

Third Prize: £200

Rosa Georgiou, Highgate Wood Secondary School, London

Highly Commended:  Kathryn Harrison, Scarborough Sixth Form College, Scarborough, and Amira Nandhla, The King’s School, Gloucester 

The judging panel for the competition included Dr. Olenka Pevny, Cambridge University lecturer and Director of the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies programme, Larysa Kurylas, architect and designer of the Holodomor Memorial in Washington DC and Dr. Ludmila Pekarska, Curator of the Shevchenko Library & Archive, London.

The judges were delighted with the academic calibre demonstrated by the essays and the intellectual engagement of participants with the topic of Holodomor. 

One judge commented on the prize winning essay:  

“I am convinced that the student learned about and understood the causes of Holodomor and how information on the famine was repressed and is now being disseminated.  The list of sources is substantial.“

Judges also noted that many candidates showed an earnest primary engagement with an unfamiliar topic. 

“It reveals that the student read and thought about the sources she/he consulted and actually became interested in the topic.  It shows genuine effort to come to a balanced view on the topic and to understand the magnitude of the horror and the extent of the repression of knowledge regarding Holodomor.” 

One of the entrants also commented: 

“I very much enjoyed researching the Holodomor, particularly as it was a subject I previously knew very little about. I hope to read history at university and found the researching experience very helpful.”

The 2018 Essay Prize Competition was open to sixth form students attending any school or college in the UK and candidates were invited to submit a historical style essay of between 1500 and 2000 words on the topic of Holodomor. 

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