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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of the cultures and contributions of Americans who trace their heritage to Spain, Mexico, Central America, the Spanish-speaking nations in South America and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean. The celebration began in 1968 and was expanded to a full month, 20 years later.

Hispanic Heritage Month always begins on September 15, a historically significant day marking the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau (April, 2020) Hispanics comprise 18.7% of the population, making people of Hispanic origin the nation's second largest racial or ethnic group.

We are so proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage in Volusia County Schools.

Volusia County Hispanic Heritage Month Art & Essay Winners!

2023 High School Artwork Winner
Emily Koenig

Spruce Creek High School
Teacher: Ms. Jacquelin Casanova

Artist statement: I chose to do this piece because I have always been fascinated with other cultures and ethnicities. This project allowed me to dive deeper into Hispanic heritage and traditions. This pictures a Hispanic girl with her thoughts, traditions and culture bursting out the back of her head. I thought this idea was appropriate because it shows how someone's culture effects their daily thoughts and actions. In this case, the girl in the picture looks like a normal, Hispanic girl, but behind her it shows her traditions and how her culture affects her everyday life.
Some of these include a guitar from a mariachi band, a dancer, a pinata, a rose, a sombrero, the Cholula pyramid, in addition to many flags including Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, and Puerto Rico. I also included a painted skull from the celebration of La Dia de los Muertos, also known as the day of the dead. I enjoyed looking into the day of the dead and seeing the annual traditions that take place on this day in November.
I added multi-colored clouds in the background to emphasize the idea of thoughts instead of reality. I used watercolor for the thoughts and acrylic paints to make a difference in the tangible and what she is thinking. 
I wanted to make sure that she looked ordinary because we often don't see how people's ethnicity affects them and how we sometimes overlook where people are from. While making this, I realized how little I know of other's traditions, and I am very happy that I got the opportunity to learn more. I am very happy with this artwork, and I really enjoyed making it and getting a better look at Hispanic culture!

2023 Essay Winner
Daniella Rivera

Click here to read Daniella's essay!

Deltona High School
Teacher: Ms. Anaimid Burgos Casiano


Middle School Artwork Winner
Artist: Madison James
School: Ormond Beach Middle School
Teacher: Sonia De Castro
Artist Statement: My painting, "Jabare Tapatío, is based on the dance, Jabare Tapatío. The Jabare Tapatío is the national dance of Mexico and it originated from Guadalajara. Anytime the people dance the Jabare Tapatío, it's commonly out on the streets, but they even dance out on the stage. I decided to paint the Jabare Tapatío because in a lot of Hispanic cultures, the use of dancing, singing, and bright colors are constantly recurring.

Elementary School Artwork Winner
Artist: Yaeliz Santiago
School: Pride Elementary School
Teacher: Kayla McCaddon
Artist Statement: The coquí has been a cultured symbol of Puerto Rico history for centuries since the time of our Taino inhabitants and its presence shown on many waxy stone engravings to the present. It has become a national symbol and an icon for anything Puerto Rican. When Puerto Rico wants to express their nationality they say "soy de aquí como el coquí."

































Celebrating our winners!


Hispanic Heritage Month school activities listed by date below:

School Date Time Event
Citrus Grove Elementary     Hispanic Heritage Month at Citrus Grove
Creekside Middle     Activities at Creekside Middle
Deltona High    
  • Annual Luncheon, Friday, October 13th at the Learning Commons
  • 1st Deltona High School Hispanic Festival, Thursday, November 9th at the cafeteria courtyard, from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Dance from DHS Latin Dance Group  
  • Bomba & Plena dance from University High School students 
  • Spanish guitar performance (from our own guitar students) 
  • DHS Band with Spanish acoustic songs  
  • A Capella performance by 2 of our students 
  • **Hispanic food trucks 

We will also have several stations to display students' projects related to the Hispanic culture, and of course, Hispanic food samples for the attendees.

Pierson Elementary 10/13/23 5:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Multicultural Night