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¡Felicidades! Hispanic heritage essay winners celebrate at City Hall

Updated: Nov 16, 2018

Nov. 9, 2018 - Felicidades to two students who were selected as winners of the district's annual Hispanic Heritage Essay contest for their touching profiles on inspiring members of the Hispanic community.

DuPont Middle seventh-grader Louisa Elena Elias Sowers and Englewood High 10th-grader Jennifer Lopez were awarded with certificates today during a special ceremony in the mayor's office.

As part of the ceremony, both students read their essays and shared what motivated them to write about their subject matter. Lopez wrote about a doctor she visited, who inspired her to pursue a career in medicine. Sowers focused her essay on educator Carmen Palanca.

"Ms. Palanca is my favorite teacher, so I wrote all about her," said Sowers.

Palanca joined other guests, friends and family in the audience who listened as the students read their essays.

Dr. Charles E. Moreland, the Director of Community and International Affairs at the mayor's office, was the keynote speaker. He presented certificates to the students and shared with them them that being bilingual is a gift, and their accomplishments should be celebrated.

We agree! Great job students!


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