From an Everett Public Schools news release.
Everett High School students Jocelyn Ramirez and Carlos Rodriguez earned top awards in the 20th annual ‘Yo escribo en Español’ literary contest.
The topic for 2018 was “celebrating the diversity and richness of our culture” and students from 110 schools in Washington State participated and submitted 520 essays.
Jocelyn Ramirez, a senior AP Spanish Literature student, earned first place in the category of poetry as a Spanish speaker.
Carlos Rodriguez, a sophomore AP Spanish language student, earned honorable mention for his narrative essay in the category Spanish speakers.
“I’m so proud of their work,” shared Margarita Hurtado, AP Spanish teacher at Everett High School.
She went on to say, “This is the eighth consecutive year my students have earned awards!”
Jocelyn Ramirez was very excited, “I’ve never got a prize for writing poetry and this was a beautiful feeling and experience.”
Both students shared they are very thankful for their parents who made all the sacrifices to change their lives. Both are dreaming of becoming professionals to honor them.
The contest is sponsored by the Center for Spanish Studies - Seattle, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the University of Washington, and the Education Office of Spain - USA.