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Luis E. Marin Named Laredo Sector Border Patrol Youth of the Year for 2012

Release Date: 
May 24, 2012

Laredo, Texas - Luis E. Marin was named as the United States Border Patrol Youth of the Year for 2012 during a ceremony held yesterday.

Border Patrol Youth of the Year winner Luis E. Marin with his family and Border Patrol representatives

(L-R): BPA James Madrigales, Chief Patrol Agent John C. Esquivel, Maricela Marin (Mother), Luis E. Marin (Youth of the Year), Pedro Marin (Father), BPA Pablo Gonzales and BPA Paula Gonzalez.

Laredo Sector Border Patrol Sector Chief Patrol Agent John C. Esquivel made the announcement of the selection during the 2012 International Bank of Commerce Youth Night celebration held last night in Laredo.

The Youth of the Year is chosen each spring from the nine local high school students who are recognized throughout the school year by the Laredo Sector Border Community Liaison Program Youth of the Month competition. Announcement of the Youth of the Year is conducted during the annual Youth Night banquet that features the introduction of all nine students who were considered for the award. The identity of the Youth of the Year is not revealed prior to the banquet.

Luis is the son of Pedro and Maricela Marin. All of the Youth of Year contenders presented strong portfolios; Luis rose to the top by demonstrating stellar academic performance and strong community involvement. Later this month, Luis will graduate as the Valedictorian of his class with a grade point average of 101.57 and maintains a 3.842 GPA in his university classes.

Luis did not devote all of his time and energy strictly to academics during his high school years. He was involved with or participated in the following activities, programs and clubs; he is an active member of the Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society, HEB Feast of Sharing and volunteered with the Animal Shelter. Luis also participates in UIL academics where he competes in mathematics, science, calculator applications, spelling, and ready writing.

After graduation, he plans to attend Baylor University or UT-Dallas to obtain a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and eventually become a physician.

As the 2012 U.S. Border Patrol Youth of the Year, Luis received two $1,000 dollar scholarships from program partners Pediatrician Dr. Sara Campos and Glen Ruiz with Royal Laser Wash. AHEC presented the student with a special recognition plaque and Best Buy donated a laptop for his college studies.

Next week, Luis, along with his family members and educators, will be a special guest at the Texas Capitol. The group will meet with Texas State Senator Judith Zaffirini, receive a VIP tour of the Texas Capitol, meet with state officials and attend a private reception held in his honor. This special visit is coordinated and sponsored by Texas State Senator Judith Zaffirini.

The Laredo Sector Border Patrol established the Youth of the Month program in 1986. The program recognizes one student a month from Laredo area high schools. Students are selected for the honor based on academic achievement, community involvement and demonstration of the determination to succeed no matter what obstacles that they may encounter. At the end of the school year the nine honorees for Youth of the Month are considered for selection as the U.S. Border Patrol Youth of the Year.

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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017