An El Paso student has been named "Student Of The Year" by the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA).

The NSDA has named Americas High School graduate Ricardo Flores it's 2017 Student Of The Year. Flores and his family fled the violence in Juarez when he was in second grade according to this NSDA press release. Fron there:

Ricardo joined theater and voluntarily took speech classes to improve his English. When he entered Americas High School as a freshman he was almost entirely fluent in English, and was accepted to the law and government magnet program. As a senior, he was ranked 4th in his class of 689, and qualified in five events for the TFA State Tournament.

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