April 3, 2018 – Congratulations to the staff and students who participated in the 8th Annual 2018 Interregional Speech and Debate competition at Sierra Middle School on March 10, 2018. Bakersfield City School District – Migrant Education Region 21 and Kern County Superintendent of Schools – Region 5 teamed up this year so all Kern County students could celebrate one another and their accomplishments. Approximately 200 students participated in one or more events as part of this program, the largest number of students to date.
This year was made even more special as Andrae Gonzales, City Councilman, Ward 2, surprised Janie Flores with the 2018 Daring Greatly Award on behalf of the City of Bakersfield. In addition, David Torres, local Attorney at Law, Veteran and former Migrant student, delivered the event keynote inspiring all with his words of wisdom. In further support, his firm led the team of judges for the second year in a row.
The Speech & Debate Program consists of at least 15 Saturdays of preparation, two tournament style events culminating in a regional tournament. The program focuses on oral and written language development while teaching students the technical aspects of professional speaking, the components of an academic debate, constructing an argument in both the affirmative and the negative, and is open to fifth through 8th grade Migrant students in the Bakersfield City School District. Sixteen students will be invited to represent Bakersfield City School District at the State level competition hosted by the Tulare County Office of Education in May 2018.
Congratulations to the following Bakersfield City School District students, coaches and schools for exceptional work!