Hispanic Heritage Essay Competition 

Participants in the annual contest will be eligible to win prizes and scholarships

September 09, 2011

Chicago Public Schools, the American Bottling Company, Roosevelt University and the Office of the City Treasurer are jointly sponsoring their annual Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Competition. All CPS high school students are invited to participate.

 

The topic for the essay competition is: Carlos Santana, contemporary Mexican American rock, salsa, and jazz fusion guitarist, once said,"The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace." Describe a person of Hispanic descent who, in your opinion, most exemplifies these words.

 

Students are eligible to win an array of prizes:

  • Grand prizes: Four (4) laptop computers and printers will be awarded to each of the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students responsible for the top essay in their grade level.
  • College Expense Fund: The senior Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000 toward college expenses.
  • Second place prizes: Four (4) digital cameras and photo printers will be awarded to each of the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students responsible for the second place essay in their grade level.
  • Scholarships: A $5,000 Roosevelt University scholarship will be awarded to each of the Grand Prize winning students. Recipients will hold rights to their scholarships until they graduate high school. Students using the scholarship must meet Roosevelt University admission criteria.

 

Rules for the competition and an entry form are available at each high school or they may be downloaded here MSWord icon. Official 2011 HHM Entry Form and Rules FOR STUDENTS. Completed essays should be submitted to the competition coordinator at each school by Monday October 3, 2011. Essays will be judged on originality and creativity, cultural knowledge and research, organizational structure and clarity, as well as spelling and grammar.

 

For the schools, instructions for the competition may be downloaded here MSWord icon. Official 2011 HHM Entry Form and Rules FOR SCHOOLS. Please read them carefully so that your school's essays are entered in the competition. The schools are reminded that the best essay from each grade level must be faxed to Central Office no later than Thursday, October 6, 2011.

 

The competition winners, their families and their school principals and teachers will be invited to an awards banquet at which all winners will be recognized and receive their prizes.

 

Good luck to all our students!

 

Questions? If you have a question that's not covered in the competition instructions, you may contact Babette Klein at bsklein@cps.k12.il.us