LAREDO, TEXAS – Tinglin Wu, a senior at St. Agustine High School was selected as the Laredo Sector Border Patrol Youth of the Year for 2015. Laredo Border Patrol Interim Chief Patrol Agent Mario Martinez made the announcement of the selection by program partners during the 2015 International Bank of Commerce (IBC) Youth Night celebration.
The Youth of the Year ceremony culminates the Youth of the Month program that recognizes nine students, 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 30-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, AHEC with a $500 scholarship, and Awardmasterz awarded the honoree with a plaque. IBC hosted the event and honored the recipient with a sash that the student will wear on graduation day.
Later this month, Texas State Senator Judith Zaffirini will host the honoree at the Texas Capitol where he will be presented on the senate floor and a special reception will be held in his honor.
This year marks the 27th anniversary of participation 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.