In addition to the recurrent Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month, Native American Heritage Month will now be included in student essay and art competitions for the first time.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Celebrating the Achievements of Hispanic, Native American, and Black Floridians is the topic for the upcoming 2022–2023 school year student art and essay contests and the Excellence in Education awards, according to First Lady Casey DeSantis. In addition to the ongoing competitions for Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month, Native American Heritage Month will be included in the contests for the first time this year.
Recognizing Native American Heritage Month makes me happy. The Hispanic, Native American, and Black populations in Florida have made significant contributions to our state, according to First Lady Casey DeSantis. “We are proud to acknowledge their accomplishments and historical significance for Florida. Students will gain knowledge of Florida’s leaders and their contributions to our wonderful state through these competitions.
Florida’s brilliant children and teachers are on display in the essay and art competitions, according to Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. “Celebrating the Achievements of Hispanic, Native American, and Black Floridians will present a fun challenge for our students and a chance for exceptional instructors to be acknowledged, according to the theme for this year. I’m excited to see the unique ways that kids honour notable Floridians in their writing and art.
According to Marcellus Osceola Jr., Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, “The Seminole Tribe plays a significant role in Florida’s history and culture, and we really appreciate being included in this essential educational outreach initiative that reaches kids across our state.” We would like to express our gratitude to Governor Ron DeSantis, First Lady Casey DeSantis, and Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. for their unwavering support of the Seminole Tribe and Florida’s indigenous population.
The competitions will take place during Black History Month in February 2023, Native American Heritage Month in November 2022, and Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, 2022. The Florida Prepaid College Foundation will provide 2-Year Florida College Plan scholarships to the essay contest winners.
About the Student Art Contest
All Florida students in Kindergarten through third grade are eligible to enter the Hispanic Heritage, Native American Heritage, and Black History Month Art Contests sponsored by First Lady Casey DeSantis. Each student will turn in their own unique, two-dimensional creations based on the subject for this year. Each month, four statewide winners will be chosen, and they will each get a $100 gift card for art supplies as well as a one-year pass to all Florida state parks.
About the Student Essay Contest
All fourth through twelfth school students in Florida are eligible to enter the Hispanic Heritage, Native American Heritage, and Black History Month Essay Contests sponsored by First Lady Casey DeSantis. Each student will submit one essay with a maximum word count of 500 on the theme for this year. Two elementary school students (grades 4-5), two middle school students (grades 6-8), and two high school students (grades 9-12) will each receive a prize (grades 9–12). Each winner will also get a $100 gift card for school supplies in addition to a 2-Year Florida College Plan scholarship from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.
About the Excellence in Education Award
All full-time instructors working in an elementary, middle, or high school in Florida are eligible to enter the Hispanic Heritage, Native American Heritage, and Black History Month Excellence in Education Award Contests sponsored by First Lady Casey DeSantis. Nominations may be made by a principle, teacher, parent/guardian, or student, and there will be four winners chosen. The recipients of Volunteer Florida’s Excellence in Education awards will also receive a set of school books in addition to $2,500.
Contest Entries and Nominating Forms and Guidelines
Additional details about the contest’s deadlines, entries, nomination forms, and rules will be posted online.