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9th annual ‘Escribo en Español' contest announced by state

January 02, 2001

SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin recently announced the ninth annual "Escribo en Español" writing contest for California students studying Spanish.

Sponsored by the California Department of Education and the education office of the Embassy of Spain, the contest is for students in grades three through 12 who are in Spanish/English dual immersion programs or studying Spanish as a foreign language.

This year's essay topic is "Los mejores dias de mi vida" or "The best days in my life." Teachers may submit up to five student literary works per class with original prose and poetry being accepted. All entries must be received by Feb. 1 in the CDE's Migrant Education International Office at 721 Capitol Mall, second floor; Sacramento, CA 95814.

Students' work will be grouped according to age and native language. The seven best essays in each category will receive a prize, with the monetary awards being given to winners of the top three ranks.

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All finalists, their teachers and their schools will receive a certificate signed by Eastin and the education attaché of the consulate general of Spain. Winners will be announced by April 15 with two awards ceremonies, one in Northern California and one in Southern California, in May.

A grand prize trip, "La Ruta Quetzal-Argentina," which tours Spain and Mexico, will be awarded to the top essay in the 16- and 17-year-old category. It is a form of scholarship valued at $10,000. The king of Spain will meet the California student along with more than 100 other winners from around the world.

"Contests such as ‘Escribo en Español' allow students to challenge their Spanish writing skills in an exciting and inventive way. Engaging in their studies through such activities increases success rates and an overall interest in learning. Good luck to all those who participate," Eastin said.

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