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Laredo Chamber Announces New Deadlines for School Bell Awards and Spirit of Laredo Competitions

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Mr. Humberto ‘Tito’ Gonzalez, Jr., Chairman of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, announced today new deadlines for submission of entries to both the 2020 School Bell Awards and the Spirit of Laredo competitions. The official deadline for entries into both competitions now is May 22, 2020.  Given the Coronavirus outbreak and the disruption this brought to the regular school year, the original deadlines had been postponed. 

The Laredo Chamber of Commerce annually takes time to honor educators. A special recognition – the School Bell Award – is presented to those educators that are selected by their peers for their performance in and out of the classroom. Twelve outstanding teachers, from the elementary, middle and high school levels, as well as higher education, are selected from entries and presented the Chamber’s School Bell Award. Educators from all levels are encouraged to apply.  Winners of this year’s competition will be announced on June 8, 2020. The Texas A&M International University College of Education once again is co-sponsoring the event along with Family Chevrolet and Killam Development, LTD.  For application information contact 956-722-9895.

The Spirit of Laredo Scholarship competition is open to graduating students from all local high schools.  Applicants are asked to submit a 90-second video detailing 1) What inspires them to pursue a college education and how will they apply that to make Laredo a better place? 2)  What would they like Laredo to be known for? and 3) Given that many students leave Laredo after graduation, what would it take for them and other future college graduates to build their future in Laredo versus somewhere else? 

This year’s Spirit of Laredo Scholarship Competition will award three scholarships of $2,000, $1,000, and $500 for first, second and third prizes.  This year’s competition is once again co-sponsored by Killam Development, LTD.  The application form can be obtained by calling 956-722-9895; entries can be uploaded at https://www.dropbox.com/request/AacRzIC51aqaBnuh2GO7

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