• 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest


    It is Hispanic Heritage Month!  From September 15 to October 15, we celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanics.  This observation and celebration began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15.  

    The day of September 15 is significant because 

    1) it is the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; 

    2) Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively; and 

    3) Columbus Day, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.

    From the earliest days of our Nation, Hispanic Americans have made significant contributions to our national story. From honorably defending our country in war and building prosperity during times of peace to running successful businesses, districts, State, Counties, Cities, agencies, schools, classrooms, and pioneering scientific and technological advances, Hispanics contributions continue being vital to the Nation. 

    During the Hispanic Heritage Month, the Nation takes time to recognize the contributions of Hispanics who continue to enrich and build the Nation with progress, discoveries, research, art, music, and with vibrant traditions and cultural practices while pursuing the American dream.  

    Please share some of the reading selections attached and resources that you may find in your school media center and the links with our students and parents during this month.

    This year, District Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest is open to ALL 4 - 12 students in our district. We are excited to share that we have partnered with the Jaguars Foundation to honor our winners. There will be a winner for elementary, middle, and high. The dateline is October 13th, 2021, by 5:00 pm. Submissions must be emailed from teachers to:



    Grades 4-5

    Ms. Ruth Jernigan




    Grades 6-12:

    Ms. Claudia Norez



    Winners will be notified on Tuesday, October 18th and will be invited to attend an Awards Ceremony celebrating their achievement at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. We are looking forward to celebrating and recognizing our students across our district.  Please share it with your students, teachers, administrators, and parents. 

    Please send any additional information or questions to Ms. Ingrid Carias, Director of ESOL, Dual Language & World Languages Dept - cariasi1@duvalschools.org




  • In proud partnership with the Jacksonville Jaguars 


    Logo for the Jacksonville Jaguars Community Impact Foundation



    • Eligibility: Open to all 4th - 12th Graders

    • Contest Dates: Sept. 15 - Oct. 13. Submissions are due at 5 pm on Thursday, Oct. 13.

    • Submissions: Must be emailed from teachers to Claudia Norez at norezc@duvalschools.org

    • Winners: There will be an elementary school winner, middle school winner, and high school winner.

    • Winners Announced: On Oct. 18

    • Awards Ceremony: On Oct. 26

    • Prizes: Jaguars tickets, custom Jaguars jersey, Jaguars swag bag, ceremony luncheon and more! 

    • Last Year's Winners - Check out last year's winners and their essay submissions. 


Essay Guidelines

    • Must be written about a living person of Hispanic/Latinx heritage from the Jacksonville community who has made a significant contribution in one of the following areas:

      • Medicine
      • The Arts (visual, music, theater, etc.)
      • Politics
      • Law
      • Education
      • Business
      • Literature
      • Science

    • Must be one page, written in Spanish or English, typed, and double-spaced with one-inch margins, using 11-point Calibri font.

    • Must include a title page containing the name of this contest, name of the essay, student name, teacher name, school name, and parent contact information.

    • Must include a bibliography using MLA or APA format for all sources including interviews. Failure to credit sources is plagiarism and will result in disqualification.

    • Please read the rubric carefully to understand how your essay will be judged.

    • Must turn in a signed Media Release form with the essay.