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Honors and Recognitions

Posted: May 17, 2010

Highland Teacher and Students Win Top Honors at Spanish Literary Contest

Jose Garcia, a Spanish language arts teacher at Highland High, and three of his students won top honors for their entry in the sixth annual Spanish Literary contest “Cuentista.” About a thousand students statewide participated in this contest. There were 63 finalists with Highland receiving three of the top six awards given. Highland High School was the only APS school to win an award. The participants were encouraged to further their writing skills and their knowledge of Spanish language by writing in Spanish a fiction or non-fiction short story.

In the 6th-9th grade category, freshman Daniel Diaz took first place with his essay “3 Minutes.” In the 10th-12th grade category, sophomore Sandra Hernandez won first place with her essay “La Sombra de la Noche” and junior Blanca Zarate won third with her essay “La Estrella Brillante.”

The contest, honoring the Dia del Libro, is made possible by the New Mexico/Spain educational partnership. The event is sponsored by the Embassy of Spain under the direction of the Spanish Resource Center.