DASSEL-COKATO, MN - Samuel Robert Kampa, a recent graduate from Dassel-Cokato High School is one of 10 national first-place winners of Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation’s 2009 Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest, reported KLFD Radio.
Kampa and the other finalists have joined six Holocaust survivors and several educators this week to learn about the Holocaust for a 4-day all-expenses paid trip to Chicago.
This year marks the 15th year that Holland & Knight has sponsored the Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay, which this year had over 7,000 essay submissions. The Holocaust Remembrance Project is an educational program that serves to encourage and promote the study of the Holocaust as a living memorial to the millions of victims of the Holocaust.
Kampa and the other nine first-place winners are visiting the new Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, and other related memorials, as well as participating in intense seminars and testimony with historians and survivors.
The trip to Chicago also includes a reception with a survivor of the Rwanda genocide and private testimonials from six Holocaust survivors. Additionally, each student will receive scholarships up to $10,000 for college at the annual awards luncheon held at today at The Standard Club of Chicago.
Kampa’s interest in the Holocaust was sparked after meeting a survivor. In the fall, he will be attending Bethel University and plans to double major in Vocal Performance and English Literature & Writing. While in high school, he was very involved in community service, volunteering in several civic organizations including Meals on Wheels, Red Cross Bloodmobile, Compassion International and Operation Christmas Child. Kampa was also an active member of the National Honor Society where he participated in many other local charity efforts.