WKU Modern Languages Announces Hispanic Heritage Month High School Essay Contest Winners
- Cody M. Smith
- Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) takes place in the United States every year from September 15 to October 15 and serves as a month in which Hispanic culture and contributions in our country can be observed and reflected upon. WKU Modern Languages recently hosted an event for high school students in Kentucky in which they, too, can observe and recognize Hispanic heritage and culture in their own lives, by writing about a person of Hispanic roots who has positively impacted their life.
There were many submissions from all over the Commonwealth, and three essay writers won the prizes of $200.00 (first place), $100.00 (second place), $50.00 (third place) with essays that demonstrated how Hispanic individuals had a large impact in their lives. The first-place winner of the WKU Modern Languages HHM Essay Contest was Destiny Long, a junior and Yearbook Club member at Cumberland County High School. Her interests include skating, working out, and playing guitar. After high school, Destiny plans to enlist in the United States Army.
The second-place winner was Josh Parsons from Central County High School. In his essay, Parsons shared how a Hispanic individual in his own life served as a mentor and a father.
The third-place winner was David Lopez, a junior at GEO International High School. He has been on the Honor Roll for the past two years and is interested in studying neurology and becoming a neurosurgeon. When not working with his dad, David enjoys playing soccer with his friends. His plan is to continue his studies here on the Hill and has already visited WKU’s campus several times