Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest

Nebraska Latino American Commission
Public Release Information

August 21, 2018

For Immediate Release
Lazaro Spindola
Nebraska Latino American Commission
2018 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest
For Grades 11-12 Only   
The Latino American Commission invites the youth of Nebraska to participate in the 12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest
Hispanic Heritage Month: National Hispanic Heritage Month was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 observing September 15 to October 15 as a period to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of those who can trace their ancestry to Mexico, Spain, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
For the essay, the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee is asking students to write about opportunities created by Hispanic/Latinos in Nebraska.
THEME: Historically immigrants have come to America seeking shelter from persecution, and better opportunities, while creating better opportunities for all citizens. How do you see yourself creating opportunities for your community?
GUIDELINES:When writing your essay, think about the future. “How would you make Nebraska a better, stronger, and more prosperous place? What kind of heritage would you like to leave behind?Your essay will be judged by grammar, content, creativity, and understanding of the theme.
ELIGIBILITY: Students of all ethnicities currently enrolled in a Nebraska public, private, special purpose, home school or magnet school (grades 11-12). Entries are welcome in English or Spanish, and include a signed entry form.  SEE ATTACHMENT
RULES: Essay content must be original, typed or legibly handwritten, and double-spaced. The word length is 500 – 700 words. We reserve the right to disqualify essays that contain offensive language, political messages, or derogatory statements.
AWARDS: Cash prizes will be given to three winners of both 11 and 12 grade. Winning students will be recognized at the Hispanic Heritage Month State Commemoration scheduled for October 12, 2018 at the Nebraska State Capitol Building in Lincoln. First place winners will be asked to read their essay at the Commemoration. The Commission reserves the right to edit essays. The scholarship awards are: $250 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place.
SUBMISSION: All essays due by Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 5 P.M. Essays and entry forms may be submitted by email to lazaro.spindola @nebraska.gov, via fax at 402-471-4381, or mailed to:
Nebraska Latino American Commission
Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest
P.O. Box 94965
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