The Nebraska Latino American Commission holds annual essay contest

Sep 5, 2018

The Nebraska Latino American Commission is inviting 11th and 12th graders currently enrolled in a Nebraska public, private, special purpose, home school or magnet school to enter its 12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest.

Lazaro Spindola, Executive Director of the Nebraska Latino American Commission, says entries are welcomed from students of any ethnicity and may be written in English or Spanish. 

Spindola says historically, migrants have come to America seeking shelter from persecution and better opportunities for themselves while also creating better opportunities for all citizens. 

He says this year the students must answer the question, “How do you see yourself creating opportunities for your community?” Here Spindola discusses the rules of the contest.

"It must be no more than 700 words.  They are due by September 20th at 5:00 in the afternoon.  And they can either email their essays or mail or fax them in, whichever way they prefer.  We have the right to disqualify essays that have offensive language, political messages or derogatory statements.”

Spindola says prizes will be given out to the top three students with the highest scores.

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