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Events for School Year 2021-2022

National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month (Sept. 15th through Oct. 15)

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 to Friday, October 15, 2021

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September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month.

National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage month, recognized annually from September 15 through October 15, 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 by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period and enacted into law on August 17, 1988. 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.

2021 Essay Contest

The Office of Equity and Engagement is currently sponsoring an Essay Contest: My People / Mi Gente beginning August 24 and concluding on September 24 at 5 p.m.

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. 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. 

2021 Essay Contest Winners

Elementary School:

1st Place: Avery Fason, Sunset View Elementary School, 4th Grade
2nd Place: Pamela Gurrola Flores, Lowell Elementary School, 4th Grade
3rd Place: Jacqueline Lopez Hernandez, Lowell Elementary School, 4th Grade

Middle School:

1st Place: Marisa Madrid-Larrañaga, Jefferson Middle School, 7th Grade
2nd Place: Kira Ross, Jackson Middle School, 8th Grade
3rd Place: Israel Tirado-Zarraga, George I. Sanchez Collaborative Community School, 8th Grade

High School:

1st PlaceAmérica Barrientos Gonzalez, Atrisco Heritage Academy High School, 9th Grade
2nd Place: Jimena Nevarez, Atrischo Heritage Academy High School, 9th Grade
3rd PlaceLorena Madrid-Larrañaga, Albuquerque High School, 10th Grade


Contact Information

Karla Meléndez

(505) 252-4625


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