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Irvin students help promote 2020 Census

Irvin Census winners

(IRVIN HIGH SCHOOL -- Jan. 21, 2020) — A team of social-media experts from Irvin took second place in a video competition aimed at helping get the word out about the upcoming 2020 Census count.

Students Brandon Martinez, Gianna Rivera and Nate Magallanez placed second in the recent 2020 Census Make Your Voice Count High School Competition. The team received a $150 prize from the local U.S. Census Bureau office courtesy of the El Paso Fire Fighters Association Local 51.

The students had 30 minutes to create a TikTok video telling other teens why the census matters. The Irvin team decided to use one of the TikTok trending songs and overlay facts about the census on top of it, all while they danced in the background.

Census counts are important because it determines population count, federal funding, redistricting and congressional seats.

The team’s win is even more impactful since the Irvin neighborhoods are in what is known as a Low Response Area where 29 percent of the population did not respond to the 2010 Census. 

This is the second time an Irvin student wins a Census-related contest. In October, student Jimen Esqueda won the 2020 Census Spoken Word Poetry Competition.

Story by Gustavo Reveles A.
Photo by U.S. Census