Casey DeSantis Announces Student Art & Essay Contest Theme Around Achievements of Hispanic, Native American, & Black Floridians

By Eric Daugherty, Florida's Voice

August 25, 2022 Updated 3:02 PM ET

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TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Thursday, Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the 2022-2023 theme for the student art and essay contests and the Excellence in Education awards.

This year, the theme will be, “Celebrating the Achievements of Hispanic, Native American, and Black Floridians.”

“I’m excited to recognize Native American Heritage Month. Our state is rich in contributions from the Hispanic, Native American, and Black communities throughout Florida,” DeSantis said. “We are honored to highlight their achievements and impact on Florida’s history. These contests will help students learn about Florida’s leaders and their contributions to our great state.”

2022-2023’s contest will be the first time that Native American Heritage Month is included.

“The art and essay contests showcase Florida’s talented students and teachers,” Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. said. “This year’s theme, Celebrating the Achievements of Hispanic, Native American, and Black Floridians, will provide a fun challenge for our students and an opportunity for outstanding educators to be recognized.”

The contests will coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month from Sep. 15 to Oct. 15, 2022, Native American Heritage Month in Nov. 2022, and Black History Month in Feb. 2023.

Art Contest

The art contests are open to a K-3 students in Florida. Students will submit a two-dimensional artwork based on the theme and four winners are selected each month. Each winner receives a $100 art supplies gift card and a 1-year pass to Florida state parks.

Essay Contest

The essay contest is open to all students in grades 4-12. Essays are to be no longer than 500 words and are based on this year’s theme. Six winners will be selected, each receiving a 2-year Florida College Plan scholarship and a $100 gift card for school supplies.

Excellence Education Award

All full-time educators from elementary to high school may participate in the Excellence Education contest around the year’s theme. Four winners are selected and winners receive $2,500 from Volunteer Florida and a set of classroom books.

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