The Better, Brighter Me program concluded last Thursday at the Harlingen Outreach Center with the final oral presentations being given by the participating youth which were followed by an awards ceremony.
Lyanna Juarez, Joanna De La Cerda and Tiffany Martinez were given gold, silver and bronze Olympic-style medals for their presentations on the topics of “Take Care of Yourself,” “Safeguard and Improve Your Environment” and “Set a Good Example” based on the precepts of The Way to Happiness booklet.
Lyanna also received five tickets to the Schlitterbahn Water Park at South Padre while Joanna and Tiffany each received a fifty dollar gift card for the Cinemark 16 Movie Theater. The Harlingen Outreach Center would like to thank the KB Foundation of Texas for these wonderful prizes.
Runners-up were Sebastian Martinez, Peter Cisneros, Carlos Rodriguez, Rebecca Trevino, Emily Garcia, Aaron Gonzales, Jose Martinez, Jaelin Ruiz and Joshua Martinez. All participants received a special Olympic-style medal.
The Harlingen Outreach Center would like to thank the following individuals for their contribution to the program:
- JROTC Cadets Irene Medrano, Rachael Salas, Rosa Herrera, and Mallory Walters, under the direction of Master Sergeant Tony Gonzales for mentoring the children with their projects.
- Rose Gomez, Deputy Chief Cameron County Juvenile Justice Center, Officer Jose Martinez Harlingen Police Department, Robert Gonzalez Lone Star Printing, and SFC David Mendoza with the US ARMY for judging the presentations.
- Janie Reyna of Harlingen Area Teachers Credit Union for tabulating the judging results.
- Former County Commissioner Edna Tamayo, Harlingen police officer Miryam Anderson, Elida Mendoza, Code Enforcement Officer, and Gail Thomason of Harlingen Family Dentistry for contributing their time and energy to the program.