NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - McMichael Middle School in Nacogdoches had not one, but two students place in a national Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest.
The contest required students to write an essay about a Latino, past or present, with whom they would choose to spend a day and explain why.
Before a special assembly, Cody Gill, a McMichael seventh grader, earned a grand prize of a $1,500 scholarship. Gill wrote about Food Network's Mexican chef, Aaron Sanchez.
Sixth grader Natividad Lopez was one of three finalists. She received a Mini iPad for her essay on Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto.
Altice Connects and Suddenlink are the contest's sponsors.
"It brings a great sense of pride to honor Cody and Natividad for working so hard and proving NISD produce some of the most talented students around," said Jerry Oney with Suddenlink.
All students of McMichael Middle School were encouraged to make plans to participate in next year's essay contest.