Middle and high school students from the Migrant Education Program recently won a total of 24 tournament trophies at the Migrant Education Program Regional Speech Tournament held by the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
The winning students include:
English Prepared Speech – first place, Kevin Perez of Wilson; Daniel Lopez-Cardona of Lakewood; Gisselle Becerra-Murillo of Cabrillo; and Evelin Ramirez of Wilson. Second place, Michelle Calamaco of Hoover; Camila Mondragon of McBride; and Andrea Landeros of Wilson. Third place, Yesenia Ramirez of Nelson; Melany Regalado of Wilson; and Daniela Mejia of Browning.
English Extemporaneous Speech – first place, Alejandra Mondragon of Jefferson; Yesenia Ramirez of Nelson; Camila Mondragon of McBride; Daniel Lopez-Cardona of Lakewood; Ariana Torres-Carbajal of Wilson; Andrea Landeros of Wilson; and Evelin Ramirez of Wilson. Second place, Gisselle Becerra-Murillo of Cabrillo; and Estrella Rosaliano-Mejia of Millikan. Third place, Ruby Ramirez of Jefferson; Nicole Calamaco of Sato; and Daniela Mejia of Browning.
Spanish Prepared Speech and Extemporaneous Speech – first place, Mariana Torres-Carbajal of Wilson.
This year marks the LBUSD program’s second year offering a speech class. Speech coaches David Campatelli and Oscar Herrera of Wilson High School, as well as Michael Prado of Millikan High School, helped the students to prepare for the tournament.
Long Beach’s Migrant Education Program began in 1994 and serves children and young adults whose parents or relatives work in jobs related to fishing, forestry, nurseries, livestock and agriculture. The aim is to prevent the discontinuity in education that can occur when a family relocates repeatedly due to seasonal work. Such families also are at a disadvantage because most live in extreme poverty, and some students must work with their families.