Two Scholarships Awarded at WBCA Youth Song & Dance Festival

Two Scholarships Awarded at WBCA Youth Song & Dance Festival

LAREDO –The Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association (WBCA) together with International Bank of Commerce (IBC) showcased some of Laredo’s talented dance teams and cheerleaders, in the WBCA Youth Song & Dance Festival Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Fine Arts Theater at Laredo College.

In addition, IBC and WBCA are pleased to announce the recipients of the $1,000 academic scholarships awarded to two deserving seniors, courtesy of IBC.

Esmeralda Hernandez and Juan Capetillo were selected based on their academic merits, community involvement and extracurricular activities.

Esmeralda Hernandez is one of five children in her household.  A student from Hector J. Garcia Early College High School, Esmeralda is an active member of the Newspaper Club and is a volunteer at the library.   She has an AB Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance.  Among the groups she has been involved in include the SCANN Program, Border Patrol Program, Chick-Fil-A Academy and National Honor Society.  She plans to attend Texas A&M International University to pursue a degree in Environmental Science and Botany. Her current GPA is an “A” and she is currently ranked number 26 in her school.

Juan Capetillo is a student of Dr. Leonides Cigarroa High School. He is ranked #18 at his school with a 4.0 GPA. He plans to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio and major in music education and history. He is involved in orchestra, the CHS Mariachi, VMT Mariachi and is an all region orchestra member, and all region mariachi member.

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.

The five lucky participating teams that won a $300 donation, courtesy of IBC, were Prada Elementary Dance Team, F.D. Roosevelt Elementary Cheer Team, St. Augustine High School, San Isidro Elementary Raptorettes and Martin High School Cheer.

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.

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For additional information, e-mail, contact the WBCA office at (956) 722-0589, or visit 1819 E. Hillside Road in Laredo, Texas.