The Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association (WBCA) together with Macy’s and Sames KIA showcased some of Laredo’s talented dance teams and cheerleaders, in the WBCA Youth Song & Dance Festival Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the L.I.S.D Civic Center Auditorium at 2 P.M.
“The WBCA Youth Song & Dance Festival has been a long time favorite of Laredo children and their families alike. It was started in the 1963-1964 Celebration by Estela Z. Kramer and held at Shirley Field. It has come a long way since then due to great sponsors like, Macy’s and Sames KIA, and LISD,” said Dr. Joe Castellano. “Macy’s will be awarding two scholarships to deserving high school seniors. Sames KIA is donating funds through a drawing for participating teams. With the support of our great sponsors, and the talent of Laredo’s beautiful children, WBCA’s Youth Song and Dance Festival is definitely a must see event.”
This year, WBCA recognized Estela Z. Kramer, founder and organizer, of the first Youth Song Dance Festival, which was first held in Shirley Field. Her leadership, civic involvement and dedication have truly left a lasting mark in the community of Laredo.
In addition, Macy’s and the WBCA are pleased to announce the recipients of the $1,000 academic scholarships awarded to two deserving seniors, courtesy of Macy’s.
J.W. Nixon High School’s (NHS) Kathleen Kate Flores and Luis Enrique Castilla from Martin High School were selected based on their academic merits, community involvement and extracurricular activities.
Flores is a student from NHS and Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications & Fine Arts Magnet School (VMT) with a 3.82 G.P.A. and also con-currently attends Laredo Community College. She is involved in numerous extracurricular activities such as the Student Council, National Honor Society, J.W. Nixon Golden Spurs and a Junior Achievement volunteer. Flores is in the top 10%, ranking 47 out of 441 students in her class. She is also actively involved in her community, volunteering in the Health Care Product Drive for the Animal Shelter, Build-A-Bear Sheriff’s Drive, Youth Christmas Parade, WBCA Parade, and often works as a Nurse Home Volunteer. Her ambition is to pursue a degree in Pre-Law at Loyola Marymount University.
A student from Martin High School, Castilla plans to attend Texas A&M International University to pursue a degree in Dance and Business Administration. Castilla has a high appreciation for dance and is involved in numerous extracurricular activities such as the Martin High School Dance Team and Vidal M. Treviño Magnet School Dance Program. He is also involved in the community and is part of the Color Guard. His current G.P.A. is 3.72.
“Macy’s, Inc. is a premier national retailer that reflects the spirit of America, and the timeless values that made our nation strong are the same values that make our company strong,” Macy’s General Manager Paula Gonzalez said. “Chief among these is the responsibility we have to the cities in which we operate and to our community. We believe that contributing to causes, such as the WBCA, is a good business practice and the right thing to do for future generations. Macy’s and its employees support a wide variety of programs throughout the year and is proud to be a sponsor of the WBCA Youth Song & Dance Festival.”
The four lucky participating teams that won a $500 donation, courtesy of Sames KIA, were Alma A. Pierce Elementary School cheerleaders, Mary Help of Christians School mini cheerleaders, Lamar Bruni Vergara Middle School dance team, and Vidal M. Treviño solo.
A Laredo staple since 1963, the WBCA Youth Song & Dance Festival allows enthusiastic drill teams, dance troupes, and perky high-kicking cheerleaders of all grade levels to participate in the excitement of the Washington’s Birthday Celebration. Students also show-off their vocal talents and seniors from each high school and are invited to perform and volunteer to assist with the show.
In commemoration of the 119th Washington’s Birthday Celebration, Macy’s will offer a special 10% Discount* to all WBCA Festival participants and attendees. Be sure to visit Macy’s at Mall Del Norte while you are in Laredo and use the promo code DF86LR31 to redeem the special 10% discount. Show the promo code to any Macy’s Associate and receive 10% off thousands of items throughout the store!
The Washington’s Birthday Celebration, founded in 1898, is the largest Celebration of its kind in the United States. Throughout the years, the Celebration has grown to be over a month long and consists of parades, dazzling pageants, fireworks, a carnival, an air show, a sizzling jalapeño festival and much more. Combined, WBCA events attract nearly 500,000 residents and visitors, and yearly contributes an estimated $14 million to the local economy. The Washington’s Birthday Celebration was recently ranked as one of the Top 100 Events in North America.