Theater students at Archbishop Chapelle High School in Metairie presented a performance of “The Diary of Anne Frank” as part of the schools Holocaust Remembrance Week on April 11-15.

“I selected ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ because I think it’s really important that our students are exposed to strong female characters, especially characters who actually existed,” Chapelle theater director Shelby Butera said. “Anne’s story is one that we all know the ending of too well, but the play offers a reminder that she was a young girl with young girl problems such as liking boys and was even disobedient at times. Her world as she knew it was crumbling. This message really resonated with our girls.”

In addition, history students in Kati Kelley’s and Lisa Reames’ classes took part in a Holocaust art and writing contest. Students watched a video testimony of either a Holocaust survivor or someone who assisted a Holocaust survivor, then created an essay, poem or drawing based on what they saw. The top three student entries were submitted to the national contest: Iranna Charles and Marie Indenhoek for drawing, and Jamie Hanzo for poetry.

The cast of “The Diary of Anne Frank” included Alex Weeks, Julia Folse, Danielle Bridges, Carly Palaez, Madison Smith, Cayman Watson, Maggie Ealres, Emily Vu, Victoria Navas and Katelyn Magri.