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Posted: September 6, 2019

Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest

Mi Familia/My Family Essay Contest.

Entries accepted through Sept. 23. Winners will be announced at the Hispanic Heritage Celebration on October 4, 2019, at Albuquerque High School.  


The family is important in society because it serves as the core foundation of a person’s character, personal growth, identity, and individuality. Your values, beliefs, and personality come from your family, and your family members are your first teachers. Family is truly important to the Hispanic Culture as it is for many other cultures. From September 15th to October 15th each year, our nation celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. The purpose of this celebration is to recognize the contributions and vital presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States. Please reflect on your family or one family member. Why are they important to you? You may want to identify a time your family member(s) influenced you in a positive way or made an impact on your life. You may know the history of your family and may want to recount that history.


The contest is open to all Albuquerque Public Schools students in Elementary, Middle, or High School.


Essays may be written in English or Spanish. Students must include their name, grade, and school. Essays that do not include this information will not be judged.

  • Elementary school: Maximum one page/one-sided typed or written, double-spaced.
  • Middle School. Maximum 500 words written or typed, double-spaced, 12 pt.
  • High School. Maximum 1,000 words typed, double-spaced, 12 pt.


Entries will be accepted from September 4, 2019, to September 23, 2019, 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Winners will be announced at the Hispanic Heritage Celebration on October 4, 2019, @ Albuquerque High School. Please send essays to the Equity and Engagement Department, 520 West, APS City Center.


Essays will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Answering the questions posed – 50 points
  • Clarity and effectiveness in expressing the theme – 30 points
  • Grammar, spelling, and composition – 20 points

First, second, and third place winners will be awarded in each division: elementary, middle, and high school.

Essays, whether winning or not, may be displayed at the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

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