Migrant students raise their voices in tourney

El Centro City Mayor Efrain Silva (left) presents Holtville High School’s Ricardo Mendez with the tournament’s first ever Achievement Award during the Migrant Speech and Debate Tournament on Saturday at Brawley Union High School. PHOTO VINCENT OSUNA

BRAWLEY — Reciting a speech in front of a panel of experienced judges is always difficult for someone of any age, but for students trying to do it in a language they’re still learning, it’s an impressive feat indeed.

That was the challenge put before about 165 local migrant students Saturday morning during Imperial County Office of Education Migrant Education Program’s Speech and Debate Tournament.

Staff Writer Vincent Osuna can be reached at vosuna@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3442.

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