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Posted: September 8, 2021

Student Essay Contest for Hispanic Heritage Month

Accepting entries through Sept. 24


The Office of Equity and Engagement is sponsoring an essay contest: My People/Mi Gente through Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. 

The contest is open to all APS students in elementary, middle, and high school. First, second, and third place winners will be awarded at each level.

Essays will be evaluated on how well they answer the questions posed, clarity and effectiveness in expressing the theme, and grammar, spelling, and composition. For more information, use the links below. 

The essay contest has become a part of the district's celebration of National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15. 

National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month honors the history, cultural diversity, and unique contributions of individuals and communities whose ancestry can be traced back to Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Spain.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded and enacted into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period.

September 15 coincides with the Independence Day celebrations of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, followed shortly thereafter by Mexico (September 16) and Chile (September 18). Día de la Raza and Indigenous Peoples Day, recognized on the second Monday of October, also fall within this period.

The term “Latinx” relates to people of Latin American origin or descent and is used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina. The term Latinx grew in usage in late 2014 and became more widely used following the Orlando nightclub shooting of June 2016.