Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD – The Lancaster Independent School District will hold its 3rd Hispanic Heritage Academic Bowl and Cultural Celebration on Saturday, October 29 from 9 AM to 3 PM at Lancaster High School located at 200 East Wintergreen Road in Lancaster, Texas.
This event will highlight great Hispanic cultural leaders throughout history and will have teams of students from each district campus facing off in an academic competition for the grand prize trophy and a chance to win a seat on the annual U.S. History tour. There will be a total of 21 competition teams, 12 from elementary and 9 from the district’s secondary schools.
New this year, the event will kick off its opening ceremony with guest speaker and education consultant Elda Rojas. Also, there will be traditional cultural dances and an art contest featuring the artwork of 63 students. The student work will be judged by district leaders.
Lancaster ISD Academic Consultant and, history bowl event visionary, Connie Isabell sees the importance of this and other similar cultural events.
“We are celebrating the Hispanic culture and history. It is important to celebrate the many achievements of our students’ history and culture in order to validate [the presence of] all citizens of the United States as a [valuable] part of this amazing country.”
Lancaster ISD Bilingual Coordinator Elizabeth Medellin has worked with Isabell on the annual history bowl since its inception and is excited to see the growth in participation among the district’s students and parents.
“We are very excited that so many campuses have expressed interest and are truly excited about learning more about other cultures,” Medellin said. “During Hispanic Heritage month, we celebrate the contributions made over many generations and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States who have positively influenced and enriched our nations and society. It is important that we also open up everyone’s mind and let them share in this special annual tribute of education and celebration.”
The mission of Lancaster ISD, in collaboration with parents and communities, is to ignite learning that translates into sustainable success for all students in a never-changing society. Medellin and Isabell can see the evidence of the district’s mission in this event.
“By holding this event, we have been able to network with local citizens and each year,” Isabell said. “Our community representatives add value to the celebration by agreeing to introduce their culture to the greater community by speaking and sharing cultural dances, art and artifacts.”
She hopes that, in the long run, all students become aware of contributions of Hispanics in science, math, technology, art and etc. Also, that students are inspired to duplicate such contributions and value each other as citizens.
Although, the district’s student Hispanic population is currently about 20% of its ethnic demographic, Medellin has seen a remarkable impact and increase in parental engagement and attributes this upswing to the existence of this and other district programs.
“It has made the Latino and Hispanic community feel valued and has brought awareness even to them. The children come home showing and talking to their parents about all the new information they have learned.”
This event has grown to be a mainstay in the Lancaster ISD community and is expected to continue to expand among all citizens and families in the area.
Medellin concluded, “many of the Hispanic and Latino figures in History have come from rural and poverty-stricken communities and have overcome and become great. This knowledge shows not only our Lancaster children, but every child, that it doesn’t matter where you come from the sky is the limit.”
For more information about the Hispanic Heritage Bowl, please contact 972-218-1400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This family-focused educational celebration is free and open to the public.