EDINBURG, Texas —On Tuesday, June 15, 2021, Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector (RGV) virtually hosted the Youth of the Year Scholarship Ceremony for the 2020-2021 school year. Each school year, 62 high school counselors nominate a graduating senior to represent their high school as the “Head of the Class”. Students are nominated for this award based of their academic achievements, community service, extracurricular activities. “Head of the Class” recipients are then eligible to become a Youth of the Year awardee and receive a scholarship.
Each Youth of the Year scholar will receive a scholarship worth $1,500. These scholarships are possible due to partnerships with several RGV businesses such as AEP, RGV BUICK and GMC Dealers, Shah Eye Center, Nustar, HEB, IBC Bank, River Rock Real Estate, JBC General Contracting, and RGV Partnership. Region One Education Service Center is in charge of distributing funds to the winners.
In addition to contributing to the Youth of the Year scholarship, Shah Eye Center also donated a free eye corrective surgery, as part of their Visionary Award to a deserving educator. The winner was nominated by her colleagues for her dedicated commitment to her students and school.
RGV Chief Patrol Agent Brian S. Hastings addressed the eight “Youth of the Year” honorees, school representatives, and family in attendance. Chief Hastings congratulated the students on their outstanding academic achievements, service to community, and delivered an inspirational message to the students on continuing their education beyond high school and into college.
Youth of the Year Scholarship Recipients:
Noel Guerra, Jr.- Juarez Lincoln High School
Karina Perez-San Isidro High School
Natali Acha-PSJA Memorial Early College High School
Alyssa Trejo-Robert Vela High School
Daniel Kim-South Texas ISD Science Academy
Ernesto Moreno-Edcouch-Elsa High School
Abbeny Solis-Harlingen High School South
Ashley Armendariz-Gladys Porter Early College High School