Virtual Poetry Contest – Individual and Team Scores!

Entry deadline: April 1, 2023

The Chicago Area Chapter of the AATSP announces the 42nd Annual Fernando Mendoza Oral Competition for Spanish students! The oral or Poetry competition is open to any student whose teacher is a member of the Chicago Area Chapter of the AATSP or SHH sponsors entering SHH students.

Students of grades K-5 will memorize tongue twisters or rhymes. Students of grades 6, 7, and 8 along with high school levels 1-5 will choose and memorize poems according to their level of Spanish class. Students will enter a video presenting their selection. A panel of 4 judges will award individual certificates accordingly: either Sobresaliente, Excelente, or Notable. Ten students per school may be entered.

In addition, if a school has at least 5 entrants, the top five scores will be used to determine a TEAM score. Awards for TEAM Scores are as follows:

Team prize: 90-100 = $100.    80-89 = $75.   70-79 = $50.    50-69 = $25.

We are encouraging schools to donate this money, whether to a Food Bank, a school or another cause.

To participate, please view or download our contest rules and procedures, print out our poems, and complete a registration form.

For more information, email