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Rio Bravo Middle student earns invitation to Washington for “doing the write thing”

Ysleta ISD officials announced that Rio Bravo Middle School eighth-grader Hennessy Mendoza has been selected to be one of two ambassadors to represent El Paso at the National Campaign to Stop Violence in June 2019.

Her essay was chosen regionally to win the “Do the Write Thing Challenge,” an educational program that gives middle-school students an opportunity to speak against violence.

The “Do the Write Thing Challenge” Program (DtWT) is an education program designed to give middle school students an opportunity to communicate in classroom discussions in written form, on the topic of bullying or violence and how it impacts their daily lives.

In addition to exposing the causes and impact of bullying and violence, students are asked to identify what they will do to address these problems.

Hennessy was presented with her award by Professor & Director of Mother-Daughter & Son Program at UTEP Dr. Josefina Tinajero; YISD Director of Academics – Middle Schools Naomi Esparza; Rio Bravo MS Principal Dr. Sandra Calzada; and Regional Coordinator of DtWT Maria Silva.

As part of the ceremony, YISD officials added, ” We would also like to also congratulate Hennessy Mendoza’s mother and her teacher Amy Navarette for a job well done.”

Canutillo students win top honors in essay contest

From more than 8,200 essays submitted from local districts, 42 top essays were selected in a contest, with five students representing Canutillo ISD as semi-finalists and one of two national finalists.

The Do the Write Thing Challenge is an annual contest where students all across America rise to the challenge of doing something to end youth violence. It gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence on their lives.

Alderete Middle School students Celeste Nunez, Lily Garcia, Brianna Martinez, Esther Parra, and Canutillo Middle School student Mia Lopez were among the semi-finalists.

A committee comprised of attorneys, judges, professors, and counselors met to interview the semi-finalists and their parents from the region. Then, on April 13, the semi-finalists attended a recognition reception where top essays were recognized and the top 2 national finalists were announced. Nunez is one of those finalists.

In her essay, Nunez says that she wants to inform people about the harm that violence does.

“I felt shattered like a puzzle unsolved,” Nunez writes. “I am fed up knowing that people feel unworthy or dissimilar or isolated.”

Nunez will represent Canutillo and the El Paso region at the Do the Write Thing Recognition Week in Washington D.C. this July. During the recognition week in Washington, the essays will be published into the Library of Congress.

Nunez will participate in leadership sessions and have opportunities to meet and interview national leaders and members of Congress.

Author: Lhaisha Contreras – Canutillo ISD

San Eli ISD Middle Schoolers are Finalists for 2018 ‘Do the Write Thing’

Five San Elizario ISD (SEISD) Middle School Students are among 40 semi-finalists who participated in the 2018 Do the Write Thing Challenge.

Evelyn Trejo, Arlette Esparza, Darlene Silva, Marcos Argumedo, and Dailyn Velez are among the 40 semi-finalists selected from over 7,000 students.

SEISD officials said, “They demonstrated important critical thinking abilities, creativity, and most importantly, their essays offered important solutions to the issue of violence.”

The Do the Write Thing Challenge gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence on their lives. Through classroom discussions and writings, students communicate what they think should be done to reduce youth violence.

They also make personal commitments to do something about this problem.

A recognition event honoring all student finalists will be held on Saturday, April 28th, at UTEP’s Union Cinema and two students will be announced as the National finalists.

The National finalists, a parent, and a teacher will be awarded with an expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. where they will attend the National Do the Write Thing Leadership activities.

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