The Florida Holocaust Museum Honored the 2012 Anne Frank Humanitarian Award Recipients
During receptions on May 30 and May 31, the Florida Holocaust Museum honored 94 high school juniors with the 2012 Anne Frank Humanitarian Award (AFHA). The honorees attend public, private and parochial schools in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and counties. They are recognized as students who make a conscious decision to spend their time improving the lives of others.
Lisl Schick, Holocaust survivor and member of the Florida Holocaust Museum’s Board of Directors and Gayle Sierens, Co-Anchor for WFLA-TV News Channel 8 and Honorary Co-Chair of the AFHA Program, participated as special guest speakers on May 30 and May 31, respectively.
Since its inception in 2001, the AFHA has garnered 100% participation from all eligible high schools in the five county area. Confidential nominations are submitted by the schools and reviewed by members of the AFHA committee. The honorees are recognized, by AFHA volunteer presenters, at their schools' junior award ceremonies, in addition to the Museum’s receptions. Each receives a personalized glass plaque symbolizing Kristallnacht – the Night of Broken Glass, an award certificate and a one-year family membership to the Museum.
The Museum is grateful to the Florida Holocaust Museum’s Women of Conscious, the presenting sponsor for the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award Program. Additional sponsors include Rosa and Werner Cohn and the James & Amy Shimberg Foundation.
Renée Walter and Jody Sherman are Co-Chairs of the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award Program. County Chairs are: Traci Klein and Marcy Lechner, Hillsborough County; Rhoda Langstein, Pasco County; Claudia Stern, Pinellas County; Shirley Stepp and Rose Holloway, Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Irene Weiss is the founder of the AFHA Program.
Admission to the Florida Holocaust Museum (FHM) is $14 for adults; discounted admission is offered to seniors, students, adult and student groups. Admission is free to active duty Military, FHM members and children 6 and under. Museum hours are 10 am – 5 pm, Monday through Sunday; the last admission is 3:30 pm. Please call, (727) 820-0100, or visit the Museum’s web-site, www.flholocaustmuseum.org, for directions and further details including holiday closures.
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures to recognize the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.
2012 Anne Frank Humanitarian Award Honorees,
Pinellas County Honorees
Admiral Farragut Academy Hans Hart
Bayside High School Dontavis Burgess
Boca Ciega High School Judy Ballich
Clearwater Central Catholic HS Christopher Kieler
Clearwater High School Nicole Ferrer
Countryside High School Lauren Powell
Dixie Hollins High School Ha’Sena Kurti
Dunedin High School Maureen Scharibone
East Lake High School Anthi Madalvanos
Gibbs High School Alexis Glover
Indian Rocks Christian School Jillian Halstead-Barnes
Keswick Christian School Lindsey Harding
Lakewood High School Chelsea Gadbois
Largo High School Yacina Colacchio
Mavericks HS - North Ryan Phillips
Mavericks HS – St. Petersburg LeQuez Gordon
Northeast High School Elma Pandza
Northside Christian School Vanessa Bundschu
Osceola High School Fazela Sukhu
Palm Harbor University HS Shauna Gillooly
Pinellas Park High School James Vanhaerents
Seminole High School Carter Fish
Shorecrest Preparatory School Preston Sembler
St. Petersburg Catholic HS Kelly McGurk
St. Petersburg Collegiate HS Grace Whitten
St. Petersburg High School Sylvia Stankov
Tarpon Springs High School Mihalia Tsangaris