LAREDO, TEXAS – Leslie Izaguirre, a senior at Dr. Leo G. Cigarroa High School, was selected as the Laredo Sector Border Patrol Youth of the Year for 2016. Laredo Sector Border Patrol Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Enrique Martinez made the announcement of the selection by program partners during the 2016 International Bank of Commerce (IBC) Youth Night celebration.
On July 13, 2016, Texas State Senator Judith Zaffirini, along with State Representative Richard Raymond, hosted the honoree at the Texas Capitol where a special ceremony was held for her at the Lt. Governor’s Reception room. The honoree was given a private tour of the Texas Capitol and the events concluded with a luncheon.
“I want to thank Senator Zaffirrini and Representative Raymond for hosting our Youth of the Year at the Texas State Capitol. We are truly grateful for the continued support of our Senator who has been with the program since its inception, 28 years ago. Senator Zaffirini and Representative Raymond play an integral role in the Border Patrol Youth of the Month program, as they reflect the commitment and dedication in supporting education by highlighting Laredo’s young leaders. We congratulate Leslie on her achievements and wish her continued success on her future educational goals,” said Assistant Chief Enrique Martinez.
The Youth of the Year trip to Austin, Texas, culminates the Youth of the Month program that recognizes ten students each month from all Laredo area high schools. Students are selected for the honor based on academic achievement, community involvement and demonstration of their fortitude to succeed.
The Youth of the Month Program was established by Border Patrol as an effort to recognize local youth for their outstanding achievements. This year marks the 28th anniversary of the Youth of the Month Program by the Laredo Sector Border Patrol.
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.