Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. will celebrate the 29th Anniversary of the Annual Essay Contest Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 28, 2016.

May 19, 2016

The mission of Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. is to foster, promote and preserve the Hispanic heritage and culture in the Tampa Bay area.


Tampa, FL - May 18th, 2016: Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. will hold its 29th Annual Essay Contest Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 28, 2016. The Essay Contest celebrates the achievements in writing by middle and high school students of Hillsborough County and the Tampa Bay area. Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. has sponsored the Essay Contest for the past 28 years in order to heighten the awareness of the Hispanic culture and its many contributions to our community, state and country. The Awards Brunch will be held at the Columbia Restaurant located in Ybor City at 9:30 AM. This year’s essay theme is “Overcoming Challenges: Hispanics in the United States.”


The 2016 Essay Contest winners are: Category I: Grades 6-8 English Category III: Grades 9-12 English 1 st Place: William Ford - 7th Grade 1 st Place: Sky Russell - 12th Grade Williams Middle Magnet Freedom High School Teacher: Elizabeth Padilla- Garay Teacher: Marta Gil 2 nd Place: Sarah Torres - 8th Grade 2 nd Place: Marisa Murray - 11th Grade Incarnation Catholic School Tampa Bay Technical High School Teacher: Maria Casanas Teacher: Elizabeth Galan-Vega 3 rd Place: Stefany Sosa - 8th Grade 3 rd Place: Leonardo Cornejo - 10th Grade Pierce Middle School A.P. Leto High School Teacher: Dolores J. McGrath Teacher: Angela Miranda Category II: Grades 6-8 Spanish Category IV: Grades 9-12 Spanish 1 st Place: Yohana de la Caridad Elías-Pérez - 8th Grade 1 st Place: Carlos Garcia Pérez - 10th Grade Farnell Middle School Gaither High School Teacher: Denise Barnes Teacher: Patrick Geanconteri 2 nd Place: Allison Candia - 6th Grade 2 nd Place: Jana El Chehouri - 12th Grade Davidsen Middle School Tampa Bay Technical High School Teacher: Luz M. Legra Teacher: Annette Suarez 3 rd Place: Luz Rodriguez - 7th Grade 3 rd Place: Alejandro Cano Builes - 11 Grade Davidsen Middle School Riverview High School Teacher: Luz M. Legra Teacher: Maria E. Parrilla


The cost of the Brunch is $25.00 per person. Winning students, their teacher, and one parent are complimentary. Please RSVP to Dr. Luz P. Lono at (813) 949-9271 or at luzlono@verizon.net. Please visit us at www.tampahispanic.org or Facebook.


Sponsors: Helios Education Foundation, TELEMUNDO, CENTRO Tampa, The Tampa Bay Times, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Hillsborough Community College, Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Tampa Electric Company (TECO), Tampa Bay History Center, USAmeribank. Enrique Woodroffe Architects, Bright House, MEDCOGLOBAL, Maruchi Azorin Blanco, Dr. Maria Vizcarra, Damaris Soto Frassica, MDM Graphics Studio


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