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Rio Grande Valley Sector Hosts “Head of the Class” Ceremony

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EDINBURG, Texas — On Thursday, February 11, 2021, United States Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector hosted the third session of the 2020-2021 school year Head of the Class Ceremony. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the ceremony was conducted online. This event which is hosted four times a year, highlights distinguished students enrolled at various school districts throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector Division Chief Lloyd Easterling addressed the Head of the Class honorees from 16 high schools in the mid-valley area. The 16 students honored today will be eligible to win a scholarship presented at the annual Youth of the Year Awards Ceremony.

Weslaco Police Chief Joel Rivera was the keynote speaker for the event.  Chief Rivera congratulated the students on their outstanding academic achievements, service to community, and delivered an inspirational message to the students.

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Head of the Class Recipients:

Abraham Cisneros- Donna High School 

Heaven Peña- Donna North High School

Ernesto Moreno– Edcouch-Elsa High School

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Victor Velazquez– La Feria High School

Yesenia Garcia– La Villa Early College High School

Madison Gonzales– Lasara High School

Diego Garza – Lyford High School

Ramsey Ramirez– Mercedes Early College Academy

Catherine Grimaldo– Mercedes High School

Jocelyn Diaz– Monte Alto Early College High School

Richard Guarneros– Progeso High School

Nyda Hernandez– Santa Rosa High School

Sarah Trevino– South Texas ISD Health Professions

Daniel Kim– South Texas ISD Science Academy

Mayrin Cuenca– Weslaco East High School

Brian Peña– Weslaco 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.

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