7th Annual Migrant Region 21 Speech & Debate Event

February 27, 2017 – Migrant students in grades 6-8 and their coaches from throughout Bakersfield City School District met at Cato Middle School for the 7th Annual Migrant Region 21 Speech & Debate Event on February 11. Students competed in either Spanish or English in categories including prepared speech, extemporaneous speech and formal debate. In addition, attendees were greeted with motivational words by former Bakersfield City School District Board Member and current City of Bakersfield Councilperson, Andrae Gonzales. After competing and while waiting for the tabulation of scores, Local Attorney and former Migrant student David Torres addressed the audience with a poignant speech entitled, The Relationship between Hard Work, Communication, & Success.

Students have been preparing for several weeks in their extended day programs at school sites, Friday nights at the District office and/or on Saturdays during the Migrant Winter Saturday Academies. Participants in these programs will also be extended invitations to participate in preparations for the State Migrant Speech & Debate Tournament to be held on May 5th, 6th, and 7th which happens to be hosted by Region 21 this year. The state tournament will feature Migrant students from all over the State of California in grades 6-12.

Winners from the 2017 regional event appear below. Migrant Education Program would like to extend congratulations to all participants and a heart-felt thank you to all BCSD staff, California Mini-Corp, Stockdale High’s National Honors Society and community volunteers from throughout Kern County who came together supporting these students and making this event possible.

Congratulations to the following Bakersfield City School District students who placed at the 2017 Migrant Region 21 Speech & Debate:

Debate, Grades 6-8, English Language
1st Place – Sierra Middle School
Jonathan Vargas – 7th Grade, Juan Briseno – 8th Grade, Citlaly Albarran – 7th Grade
2nd Place – Sequoia Middle School
Jennifer Dominguez – 6th Grade, Estrella Leon – 6th Grade, Consuelo Penaloza – 6th Grade, Laura Figueroa – 7th Grade, Jose Cano – 6th Grade
3rd Place – Stiern Middle School
Alondra Flores – 8th Grade, Kymberly Lopez – 8th Grade, Joyce Martinez – 8th Grade

Prepared Speech Grades 6-8 – Spanish Language
1st Place – Galilea Hernandez Fernandez, 8th Grade, Sequoia
2nd Place – Nadia Espino, 7th Grade, Compton
3rd Place – Deysi Espino, 8th Grade, Compton

Extemporaneous Speech Grades 6-8 – Spanish Language
1st Place – Galilea Hernandez Fernandez, 8th Grade, Sequoia
2nd Place – Nadia Espino, 7th Grade, Compton
3rd Place – Deysi Espino, 8th Grade, Compton

Prepared Speech, Grade 6 – English Language
1st Place – Aziel Diaz, Curran
2nd Place – Diego Lopez, Sequoia
3rd Place – Alan Santillano, Cato

Prepared Speech, Grade 7 – English Language
1st Place – Thomas Reyes, Sequoia
2nd Place – Celeste Olmedo, Sequoia
3rd Place – Alexander Araujo, Sequoia

Prepared Speech, Grade 8 – English Language
1st Place – Ashley Olmedo, Sequoia
2nd Place – Karen Garcia, Cato
3rd Place – Felipe Rico, Curran

Extemporaneous Speech, Grade 6 – English Language
1st Place – Lillibeth Ortiz, College Heights
2nd Place – Alan Santillano, Cato
3rd Place – Benito Gallardo, Sequoia

Extemporaneous Speech, Grade 7 – English Language
1st Place – Celeste Olmedo, Sequoia
2nd Place – Thomas Reyes, Sequoia
3rd Place – Alexander Araujo, Sequoia

Extemporaneous Speech, Grade 8 – English Language
1st Place – Ashley Olmedo, Sequoia
2nd Place – Karen Garcia, Cato
3rd Place – Mariano Santillano, Cato

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Students of the 2017 Region 21 first place debate team from Sierra Middle School: Jonathan Vargas, Juan Briseno, and Citlaly Albarran with their coach, Andrew Alcala and Migrant Education Program Specialist, Katherine Scheler.

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2017 Region 21 Speech & Debate Event supporters Pam Baugher, BCSD Board Member, and volunteer judges D. J. Whipple and Robert Reid.

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Debate teams composed of BCSD 6th-8th graders square off at the 2017 Region 21 Speech & Debate Tournament at Cato Middle School.

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2017 Region 21 Speech & Debate Steering Committee Members: Ruth Villalobos, Katherine Scheler, Maria Ramirez, Hector Martinez, Claudia Maldonado, Lila Perez, Janie Flores, Board Member Pam Baugher, and Keynote Speaker, Attorney David Torres.

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The Olmedo Family celebrate the accomplishments of their two youngest members, sisters Celeste and Ashley of Sequoia Middle School.

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Sequoia students and staff breathe a collective sigh of relief at the conclusion of the 2017 Migrant Region 21 Speech and Debate Event.

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