Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 each year. Originally started as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson, the celebration was expanded to a month by President Ronald Reagan by law on August 17, 1988.
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Hispanic Professionals Association of Tyler (HPAT) and Tyler Junior College hosted the inaugural Hispanic Heritage Knowledge Bowl October 13, 2018 at Hogg Middle School.
“When students learn their histories and develop a sense of pride in their identity, research has demonstrated a positive correlation for student performance,” Nick Pesina, HPAT president, said. “Beyond students who identify with Hispanic/Latino history, it is equally important for all students to learn the history of a diverse set of people who came together to build America. It is not just Hispanic history—it is American history.”
Ten teams participated in the game show style competition and were asked a series of questions about the contributions of Hispanic/Latino Americans to the arts, sports, civil rights, public service and science.
Tyler ISD participating campuses included Boulter, Hubbard, Hogg, Moore, and Three Lakes middle schools with Moore claiming the championship.
Serving as the 2018 Honorary Chair was Tyler ISD Assistant Superintendent of Schools Rawly Sanchez and Mr. Pesina served as Master of Ceremonies. CBS 19 News anchors J.J. Maldonado and Brittany Mireles were the moderators.