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2019 Essay Contest: A Senior I Know

Elementary school students can enter the annual "A Senior I Know" contest.

As part of the Older Americans' Month celebration during May, the City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs and Albuquerque Public Schools are sponsoring the 37th Annual "A Senior I Know" Essay Contest for first through fifth grade students in the APS school district boundaries.

The "A Senior I Know" Essay Contest supports Language Arts standards in Strand III for grades 1 through 5 in Writing Strategies, Conventions and Applications.

The purpose of this contest is to promote positive relationships between elementary school students and seniors.

Each student who enters the contest will receive a Certificate of Participation and a coupon from a participating merchant.

We hope you will encourage your teachers and students to participate in this intergenerational activity.

Entry Form


Essay Contest Rules

All rules must be followed or essays will be disqualified.

  • Essays must be submitted through the child's school; APS Elementary Schools, Parochial, Private, Charter or Home School within the Albuquerque Public School district boundaries. No on-line entries will be accepted.
  • All essays must be the original work of the student.
  • Essays may be up to 300 words in length.
  • Essays written in a foreign language must also submit a translated English copy.
  • Essays must be typed or hand written on the Official Entry Form. The information box on the entry form must list the child's:
  • Name
  • Grade
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Teacher
  • School
  • Title ("A Senior I Know" is the subject)

Selection Process

  1. Preliminary judging will be the responsibility of each school.
  2. Each grade level is to be judged separately.
  3. Suggestions for judges at each school include: PTA members, UNM students, seniors, and non-participating teachers and/or students.
  4. Essays from one boy and one girl in each grade will be selected at each school.

A total of ten winning essays (two per grade level) from each school can be sent to either of the following locations by 5 p.m. on Feb. 6, 2019.

Hoover Middle School
Attn: Kessick Blech
12015 Tivoli NE 87111

Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center
Attn: Matthew McCoy, Youth & Community Program Coordinator
501 Elizabeth SE 87123

North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center
Attn: Thomas Gallagher, Center Supervisor
7521 Carmel NE 87123

North Valley Senior Center
Attn: America Bencomo, Program Coordinator
3825 4th NW 87107

A note must accompany the entries stating the total number of students who wrote essays for the contest. Based on the numbers submitted, the appropriate number of Certificates of Participation and coupons will be forwarded to each school by May 2019.

  1. A panel of judges will select the 30 city winners.
  2. Selected winning essays will be on display throughout the city and will also be published in a booklet.

Judging Criteria

  1. The message about the senior should be clear.
  2. The impact of the message should be appealing.
  3. The contest rules must be followed.
  4. The essay should demonstrate skills appropriate for the grade level.

Winning Essays Writers Recognized

Thirty city winners will be chosen from APS, private schools, parochial schools, charter and home schooled students in Albuquerque. The winners and their families will be invited to an awards reception.

Teachers and principals of the winning students will also be recognized on that date.


If you have any questions or need additional information regarding the contest, please contact: