Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Winners 

Eight winners awarded prizes including scholarships, laptops and cameras

December 02, 2011

Eight talented Chicago Public Schools high school students were awarded prizes ranging from college scholarships to laptop computers and digital cameras for essays they authored as part of the District's Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Competition.


Essays centered on the topic: 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.


The essay competition was open to all CPS 9th through 12th graders, and students from 37 high schools submitted more than 3,200 essays. Judges from Roosevelt University, American Bottling Company and CPS selected the grand and second place prize winners.


Click the names of each of the winners to read their prize-winning essays.


Grand prize winners are:

9th grade,  Luis Pagan, Rowe Clark Math & Science Academy

10th grade,  Nubia Ortega, Eric Solorio Academy High School

11th grade,  Antoinette Perez, William Howard Taft High School

12th grade,  Leslye Montero, Curie Metropolitan High School


Each grand prize winner was awarded a laptop computer and printer, plus a $5,000 scholarship to Roosevelt University. In addition, the 12th grade grand prize winner received a $1,000 College Expense Fund Award, presented by Office of the City Treasurer.


Second prize winners are:

9th grade,  Loreana Davila, Phoenix Military Academy

10th grade,  Alana Rasmussen, Lincoln Park High School

11th grade,  Taylor-Morgan Ingier, Lincoln Park High School

12th grade,  Dominique Banks, Whitney Young Magnet High School


Each second place prize winner received a digital camera and printer.


For the first time ever, an art competition was held as part of the Hispanic Heritage Month contest. Special education students in four CPS high schools were invited to participate with paintings and drawings on the topic: What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?


Click their names to view their prize-winning paintings.


The winners of the art competition include:

9th/10th grade,  Tyronique Hill, Ray Graham Training Center

11th/12th grade,  Jesus Santoyo, Southside Occupational Academy


Winners of the art competition received a complete box of art supplies.


Don't miss a chance to win prizes in the upcoming Black History Month Essay and Art Competition. Details will be available in high schools and at cps.edu in January 2012.


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