The Florida Holocaust Museum Recognizes Humanitarian Actions of Youth that Better the Lives of Others
June 12, 2014 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the humanitarian efforts of exceptional teens with its 12th annual Anne Frank Humanitarian Award.
Twelve years ago, the Florida Holocaust Museum asked the question: Why do we only hear about the negative actions of today’s youth? So, the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award (AFHA) was created to focus attention on the positive actions of today’s teens.
The AFHA recognizes those humanitarian actions that better the lives of others. By “doing the right thing,” our recipients hold true to the spirit of Anne Frank who, in the face of hardships, endured and did not abandon her ideals. She believed that “in spite of everything … people are truly good at heart.” The award is presented to one Junior in each of the 93 public and private high schools in the five-county area, and the honorees were nominated by their principals, guidance counselors or teachers. Reneé Walter and Jody Sherman are the Co-chairs of the program
“Each year we continue to be amazed by the extraordinary commitment and accomplishments of our AFHA Honorees. These young people are the embodiment of the mission of the Florida Holocaust Museum and will serve as role models for future generations of humanitarian leaders,” said Reneé Walter, who also sits on the FHM Board.
Four of this year’s 93 Anne Frank Humanitarian Award Honorees:
David Siegel (Countryside High School)
Activist, leader and catalyst for change best describe 2014 Anne Frank Humanitarian Award honoree David Siegel. He is the Clearwater Chapter President of United Synagogue Youth and he is a leader in several Jewish youth groups that work locally and internationally. David is dedicated, civic-minded and passionate about his work.
Mar’keta Alston (Bayside High School)
Mar’keta puts her care and concern for others into action. She believes in giving to those less fortunate than she is and she works hard to help with a smile on her face. She’s a member of Girl’s Club where she meets regularly during lunch hour with the adult club sponsor and other female students to discuss issues they all face. Mar’keta is a member of her Bethel neighborhood church youth group, and she donates her time as part of the youth group’s Hospital Cheer Campaign, visiting children during hospital stays and adopting them during the holidays.
Brendon Bloomfield (East Lake High School)
Brendon is a caring, compassionate and genuine young man who is an avid volunteer and supporter of the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the ALS Association. He has been a mentor for elementary school children, and he has worked in a homeless shelter. All of Brendon’s service projects have helped make a difference in the lives of others but one project stands out among them all – Brendon participates in the Best Buddy program and his commitment to his Best Buddy has been truly admirable.
Kelsey Oberbroeckling (Cleon King High School)
Kelsey is very giving of herself and of her time. She is also diligent, caring and helpful, and a dedicated volunteer. Kelsey has been involved with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life since middle school and this year she is the Event Chairperson. She is also active with Buddy Baseball, a league for special-needs children and she serves as counselor at Camp Jenny. This is a camp that serves inner city youth from Atlanta.
About the Florida Holocaust Museum
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 the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.