August 28, 2017 -The Bakersfield City School District’s Migrant Program is proud to announce that both current and former students in their program earned honors in a national essay contest this past summer. More than 40 students from Bakersfield entered the national art and essay contest sponsored by the Association of Farmworkers Opportunity Programs (AFOP) as part of their participation in BCSD’s Migrant Education Summer Programs. The Children in the Fields Campaign contest theme was Growing Up in the Fields that Feed America. Participating students included those attending the 21st Century Academy at Longfellow Elementary as well as the Migrant STEM Academy at CSU Bakersfield.
Of the students that participated under Migrant Education Program Region 21’s guidance, eight came away with honors. Two honorees are current BCSD Migrant Program participants: Pioneer 6th grader, Melanie Gonzalez placed 2nd in the essay category and Stiern 7th grader Camila Figueroa placed 3rd in both the essay and art contests. Three recipients are former BCSD students and current high school students who volunteered in the summer programs to assist their younger counterparts prepare their entries. Lizbeth Caballero placed second and Diana Caballero placed third with their essay entries. Both were former Sierra Spartans. Norman Gonzalez, former Emerson Eagle placed first in the artwork division for his age group.
As a result of our private school partnership, Our Lady of Guadalupe students Julieta Cruz (8th grade) and Aaron Cruz (6th grade) placed 1st and 2nd in the art contest. They also happen to be siblings.
All student work will be published on the AFOP website and each student will receive a cash award ($100-$300). In addition, first place recipients will represent Bakersfield with an all-expense paid trip to the AFOP National Conference to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 19-21, 2017.
The BCSD Migrant Department extends a wholehearted congratulations to these students as well as sincere thanks to the BCSD Instructional staff that made participation possible. This includes Lisa Wuest, teacher at Horace Mann, and Rosa Flores Sandoval, teacher at Pioneer, for supporting essay development; Jamie Jenkins, teacher at Thorner, for providing high-quality art instruction, and Hugo Heisler, teacher at Frank West, for assisting our Migrant families with the complicated application and entry process.