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Posted: August 30, 2021

Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month Essay Contest

"My People / Mi Gente" Essay Contest Details for Albuquerque Public Schools students in Elementary, Middle, and High School

Purpose

In Spanish, mi gente literally translates to “my people”. Mi gente is used to refer to a group of people you strongly identify with. It can refer to your family, your friends, your community, and those who support and make up your identity. Your people can be those who fill you with courage, resilience, passion, strength, empathy, love, and acceptance.

Please reflect on who you think of as “mi gente”. Who makes up “your people”? How do they help you in being more courageous, resilient, passionate, strong, and empathetic? How does your gente teach you about love and acceptance? In addition, how do you help your gente in strengthening those attributes? What else have you learned from your gente or how else have they helped you or you them?

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 or PDF

  • Elementary school: maximum of one page (one side) typed or hand-written, double-spaced.
  • Middle school: maximum of 500 words typed or hand-written, double-spaced, and 12 pt. font.
  • High School: maximum of 1,000 words typed, double-spaced, and 12 pt. font.

Judging

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

Entry Deadline and Where to Send Essays

  • Entries will be accepted until September 24th, 2021 at 5 p.m. mountain time.
  • Please send the essay (including the cover sheet linked below) to the Office of Equity and Engagement via email at . Please submit as Microsoft Word or PDF attachment.
  • The winners will be announced during the Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month celebration on October 15, 2021.