Despite obstacles, seniors will experience annual Holocaust Remembrance events


Belle Wilson, Editor-in-Chief

The annual senior trip and Holocaust Remembrance Day are important moments for JC seniors as they learn about the horrors and realities of genocide.

This year, beginning on Friday, March 5, seniors will have a virtual class trip to Arlington National Cemetery and the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Seniors will log in at 10:00 am and Senior Project Coordinator Louise Geczy “will do a short opening program.”
Mrs. Geczy shared that seniors will then be directed to the virtual tours they will take. The day will end with seniors completing an assignment in which they share their “reflections/reactions to what they have experienced that will count as a Q3 Senior Project grade.”
On Wednesday, March 10,
the Holocaust Remembrance Day event will take place for seniors.
Mrs. Geczy said, “In response to seniors’ and parents’ requests for some type of in-person experience for 2021, Holocaust Remembrance Day will be both in-person and virtual.”
The event will begin at 10:00 am and end around 1:00 pm. Mrs. Geczy said that she will do brief opening remarks, and then Dr. Ellen Kennedy from the World Without Genocide organization will offer the keynote presentation.
Seniors will be assigned to three different groups to hear two of six Holocaust survivor stories.
Mrs. Geczy said, “I will then share a brief closing program, and the day will end with seniors completing an assignment in which they share their reflections/reactions to what they have experienced.”
Seniors are “encouraged to come to school and share Holocaust Remembrance Day with their classmates but can remain at home and participate virtually if needed.”
Due to safety precautions, there will be no in-person speakers, so all presentations will be done virtually.
Additionally, all seniors who choose to attend in-person will be asked to pre-register and follow all normal COVID-19 protocols. In accordance with these guidelines, a box lunch will be provided for in-person students.
Attending these days will be a mandatory graduation requirement for seniors, and attendance will be taken. Any senior who is unable to attend either of the events will be required to complete an alternative make-up assignment provided by Mrs. Geczy.
Mrs. Geczy added, “It is our hope that being able to be together as a class will provide some connection to the normal activities and events that seniors would usually have as part of their senior year.”