Congratulations Dominic!

Congratulations Dominic Mangino!

03/30/2010 — Grand Forks middle school student wins contest co-sponsored by UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies

For the second straight year, a Grand Forks middle school student has won a Holocaust essay contest co-sponsored by the University of North Dakota Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies (CHRGS).

Dominic Mangino, 14, an eighth grade student at South Middle School, received a trip to Washington, D.C., and a tour of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for his essay “The Holocaust: Then, Now and How.” He and his parents, Ernest and Joan Mangino, were in Washington last week where a member Sen. Byron Dorgan’s staff gave them a special tour of the U.S. Capitol building. “He has a 4.0 GPA and is a very strong student,” English teacher Andrea Simon said of Mangino, who is the second student from her English class to win the annual contest. “I encouraged him to enter an essay, and he took it upon himself to do it.”

Simon said Mangino’s three-page essay explored anti-Semitism during the Holocaust and its existence in today’s society. She noted that for most of her students, their first exposure to the Holocaust is when they study “The Diary of Anne Frank.” “We talk about other examples of genocide in today’s world,” she said. “It helps students learn to be involved in the world, to stay informed by paying attention to the news and to ask questions.”

Gregory Gordon, UND law professor and CHRGS director, will speak to Simon’s class about the Holocaust and human rights. “It really opens up an aspect of history to kids in our area that they might not otherwise learn,” he said. “We consider that an important part of the center’s mission.”

CHRGS sponsors the annual essay contest with the United Jewish Fund and Council of St. Paul, Minn., and the Jewish Community Relations Council. Two Minnesota students also entered winning entries in the contest.  (Source:  UND Press Release)


The 15th Street/Eisenhower Plaza entrance to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Credit: Max Reid, USHMM Photo Archives.

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