LAREDO, Texas – Daisy Cantu, a senior at Martin High School was selected as the Laredo Sector Border Patrol Youth of the Year for 2014. Laredo Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agent Robert L. Harris made the announcement of the selection by program partners during the 2014 International Bank of Commerce (IBC) Youth Night celebration held on May 14th at Lago del Rio.
The Youth of the Year ceremony culminates the Youth of the Month program that recognizes one student a month from each of the Laredo area high schools. Students are selected for the honor based on academic achievement, community involvement and demonstration of fortitude to succeed.
The IBC Youth Night was established 29 years ago as a fun night to recognize the youth for their outstanding achievements. Program partners, such as IBC, play an integral role to our Border Community Liaison Youth of the Month program as they reflect the commitment and dedication in supporting education by highlighting Laredo’s young leaders.
Community Partners such as Glen Ruiz from Royal Laser Wash and Pediatrician Dr. Sara Campos donated a $1,000 scholarship, HEB donated a $1,500 scholarship, and IBC honored the recipient with a beautiful basket that included a $150 gift card.
Later this month, Texas State Senator Judith Zaffirini will host the honoree at the Texas Capitol where she will be presented on the senate floor and a special reception will be held in her honor.
This year marks the 26th anniversary of participation by the Laredo Sector Border Patrol.
Pictured: Chief Patrol Agent Robert L. Harris, Mother Sandra Cantu, Daisy Cantu; 2014 Border Patrol Youth of the Year ; Dr. A Marcus Nelson, LISD Superintendent; Nativido Lozano, Senior Vice President - IBC Bank; Guillermo Pro, R&T Martin High School Principal
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.