Brawley G.A.T.E. students visit D.C.

Jesus Lara Student of the Month
Jesus Lara accepts Student of the Month award from Brian Taylor with the Lara family watching

BRAWLEY – The Brawley Elementary School Board honored the April Students of the Month at their last board meeting along with hearing a report by G.A.T.E. teacher Diane Ortiz who took the Barbara Worth Junior high and 5th and 6th grade students to Washington D.C.

Baylee York and Fire Captain Mike York  listen to VP Taylor announce her award
Baylee York and Fire Captain Mike York listen to VP Taylor announce her award

Vice-Principal Taylor called seventh grade Baylee York to the front podium while sharing her 4.0 average with the audience. York swims for the Brawley Sunstrokers, plays the guitar, and likes her art class with Mr. Marshall. She hopes to continue her athletic endeavors when at BUHS by competing in swim, track and softball. Her ultimate goal is to be accepted into Cal Baptist University and become a research doctor.

Jesus Lara is the other 7th grade honoree. He likes math best because “it is easy” and he too hopes to compete as a BUHS Wildcat in cross country. This athlete scholar hopes to complete an engineering degree at San Diego State University.

G.A.T.E. teacher Diane Ortiz led her students in a presentation before the board of the various memorials they visited while on a G.A.T.E. field trip. Ten students from Hidalgo, Phil Swing and Barbara Worth accompanied Ortiz who took them to memorials and museums.

Upon visiting the Vietnam Memorial Wall, they made pencil rubbings of the soldiers’ names engraved on the marble who had died during the war and were from Brawley .

G.A.T.E teacher Ortiz spoke about D.C. field trip
G.A.T.E teacher Ortiz spoke about D.C. field trip

They also participated as legislators with two mock bills of raising the minimum wage and banning assault weapons.

Ortiz said, “I am very proud of them. They conducted themselves really well and represented Brawley well, too.


  1. What! Both mock bills were liberal? Not one conservative and one liberal? What are we teaching our kids?

    High minimum wage kills beginner jobs and a gun STOPS robberies, murder, and the bad guys….but only when you have one.

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