Weiss Elementary student awarded for bilingual essay

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Vanessa Sánchez, a fourth-grade student at Martin Weiss Elementary, took home first place in the National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE) Bilingual Essay contest for grades 3–5.

Students who participated in the contest had to be enrolled in a bilingual classroom, have a B average or better, and a 90-percent attendance record. Essays were submitted in English and judged on development of the theme, originality, content and clarity of expression, grammar and mechanics.

Sánchez and her family were invited to be honored at the NABE Awards Luncheon held March 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Below is Sánchez’ essay:

I am Proud to be Bilingual

I am proud to be bilingual because I can speak and read in two languages. Not everyone can do that! Being bilingual will help me in the future. For example when I grow up I will be able to find a job easier than most people because I am bilingual. I live in a city that needs a lot of bilingual people. This helps me get a job faster because I am bilingual. I know that I can do more if I keep my two languages. That would make my family proud of me because I will be keeping my native language. My family wants the best for me. I am glad that I am in a dual-language classroom because it helps me become smarter. My future looks great because I will continue speaking both languages. I am glad that my big brother helps me with my English because that makes me feel special. Sometimes I think that being bilingual is something to brag about. That is why I am proud to be bilingual.

Spanish Translation:

Estoy orgullosa de ser bilingüe porque puedo hablar y leer en dos idiomas. No todo el mundo puede hacer eso! Ser bilingüe me ayudará en el futuro. Por ejemplo, cuando crezco podré encontrar un empleo más fácil que la mayoría de la gente porque soy bilingüe. Vivo en una ciudad que necesita a muchas personas bilingües. Esto me ayuda a conseguir un trabajo más rápido porque soy bilingüe. Sé que puedo hacer más si mantengo mis dos idiomas. Eso haría a mi familia orgullosa de mí porque estaré manteniendo mi lengua materna. Mi familia quiere lo mejor para mí. Me alegro de que estoy en un aula de idioma dual porque me ayuda a llegar a ser más inteligente. Mi futuro se ve estupendo porque continuaré hablando ambos idiomas. Me alegro de que mi hermano mayor me ayuda con mi inglés porque eso me hace sentir especial. A veces pienso que ser bilingüe es algo para presumir. Por esto es que estoy orgullosa de ser bilingüe.

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