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Events for School Year 2020-2021

Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest

Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 11:45 AM to Thursday, October 15, 2020, 11:55 PM

Students may participate in the Second Annual Essay Contest (please refer to the flyer and contest cover sheet). Librarians will have a special Hispanic Heritage Collection for students and teachers at each school. We will be kicking off our Culturally and Linguistically Responsive book giveaway in early October, and will end Hispanic Heritage Month with a Facebook Hispanic Heritage Celebration on October 15, 2020.


Mi Corazón/My Heart is a term of endearment used often within the Hispanic culture to show love, respect, and admiration. Nuestros corazónes/our hearts are filled with courage, resilience, passion, strength, and empathy - and in today’s world, those characteristics are even more important to lift us up to be our best. Mi Corazón/My Heart also reminds us of health and wellness, which are incredibly important to us at APS as administrators, teachers, departments, and staff. We are all working to support our students, families, and schools. Please reflect on what you feel are the characteristics of tu corazón/your heart. How are these characteristics lifting you up? In addition, how do you lift up those around you? You may write about your family, your classmates, and/or your community.

Who May Enter

The contest is open to all Albuquerque Public Schools students in Elementary, Middle, and High School. First, second, and third place winners will be awarded in each division: Elementary, Middle, and High School.

Essay Length and Format

Essays may be written in English or Spanish. Please format in Microsoft Word. 

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


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 

Where to Send Essays

  • Entries will be accepted from September 17, 2020, to October 2, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.
  • Please send the essay (including the essay cover sheet) to the Equity & Engagement Department via email at (send as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment).

The winners will be announced at the Facebook Hispanic Heritage Celebration on October 15, 2020.

Please Note:

All essays entries may be viewed at the Facebook Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration or via the Hispanic Heritage Celebration link on the APS webpage

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