For Immediate Release – March 17, 2015
Barry Brown / Communications and Public Relations Officer 831.784.4245
Dr. Ernesto Vela, Director II, Migrant Education Program, Region XVI 831.755.6402
Summer Prather-Smith, Coordinator/Administrator 831.755.6412
Robin Cohen, Migrant Program Specialist 831.261.9694 (cell)
Sixth Annual Migrant Education Speech and Debate Tournament
MCOE’s Migrant Education Region XVI Hosts 6th - 12th Grade Migrant Students
WHAT: 6th Annual Migrant Education Speech and Debate Tournament
WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 2014
Tournament: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Awards Ceremony and Dinner: 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Salinas High School
726 South Main Street Salinas, CA
Salinas, CA – On Saturday, March 21, Monterey County Office of Education’s Migrant Education Region XVI will proudly sponsor its sixth annual Migrant Education Speech and Debate Tournament at Salinas High School from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Participants will include 6th through 12th grade migrant students from school districts throughout Monterey County. First place winners will advance to compete at the Migrant Education State Speech and Debate Tournament to be held in Monterey on Saturday, May 16th.
“This tournament provides students a meaningful context to sharpen their public speaking skills and experience the excitement of prepared argumentation and persuasion,” said Dr. Ernesto Vela, Director, Migrant Education Region XVI. “The preparation and dedication necessary for this project amplifies the pride and satisfaction of students and builds confidence that will serve them throughout their lives.”
To prepare for the tournament, students research assigned topics, and practice after school and during lunch sessions with teammates and coaches. Students and community leaders serve as judges.
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