By John L. Braese
ONTARIO – The announcement over the public address system at Ontario High School caught senior Denis Benitez Martinez by surprise.
She was asked to report to the front office, and she had no clue why.
She found out soon, for she was ushered in and told she had been named Oregon Migrant Student of the Year.
“I did not know anything about it. I did not even know I was put in for the award,” Martinez said. “The application said some really nice things about me and it was an honor to be recognized for the work I have done.”
Martinez was nominated by Anabel Ortiz-Chavolla, the Ontario School District’s director of federal programs and school improvement.
“The migrant education team met in the fall and went through the roster we had of students,” said Ortiz-Chavolla. “We had some great . . .