Sharyland, Texas - The U.S. Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector Head of the Class Program recognized 13 students from upper valley area schools for their outstanding accomplishments.
Diamantina B. Chapa and her Counselors Department of the Sharyland High School graciously hosted the ceremony that recognized 13 students from area high schools. The students were honored for being well-rounded students, who are involved in their school and communities, as well as excelling in academics and promoting a drug-free lifestyle.
Head of the Class Coordinator Agent Pedro Rodriguez was the master of ceremonies and Patrol Agent in Charge Thomas Slowinski of the McAllen Station was the guest speaker at the event. Agent Rodriguez was assisted by Agent Juan Silva assigned to the McAllen Border Patrol station with organizing the event.
Pictured from left to right are:
Seated: Gabriela A. Arce, Edinburg North High School; Kathleen Aguado, McAllen High School; Karen Elizarraras, Veterans Memorial High School; Priscilla Barrientos, Mission High School; and Daisy Trevino, La Joya High School.
Standing: PAIC Thomas Slowinski, McAllen Station; Gerardo Nolasco, Edinburg High School; Thomas Pietrzak, Sharyland High School; Pedro C. Gonzalez, Rio Grande City High School; Francisco Rodriguez, Nikki Rowe High School; Fernando Torres, Hidalgo Early College High School; Angelica M. Salinas, Juarez-Lincoln High School; Juanita De Jesus Camarillo, Palmview High School; and BPA Pedro Rodriguez, Head of the Class Coordinator, McAllen Station.
Not pictured is Randy Navarro, Johnny Economedes High School.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.