RGV alumni group announces 2023 Boys State delegates

Pictured with the traditional Texas Boys State cake are 2023 Texas Boys State delegates. (Courtesy photo)
Weslaco Mayor David Suarez shared with the delegates that they were selected “… because they are the best of the best in the Rio Grande Valley!”

RGV Boys State Alumni Group sponsors have announced their 2023 selections for Texas Boys State delegates.

Delegates will represent their respective high schools and the Rio Grande Valley at this summer’s prestigious leadership conference June 11 to 16 at the University of Texas at Austin.

Delegates are:

>> Anthony Ortiz, Weslaco High, son of Jasmin and Ernesto Ortiz

>> Brian de Luna, Weslaco East, son of Maria and Arturo De Luna

>> Obed “Max” Alvarez, McAllen High, son of Michelle and Obed Alvarez

>> Ethan Hernandez, PSJA North High, son of Marissa Carranza-Hernandez and Jason Hernandez

>> Julian Alvarado, Donna High, son of Maria Basaldua Alvarado and Carlos Alvarado

>> Damian Martinez, Donna High, son of Anna and Jorge Martinez

>> Gabriel Enriquez, Donna High, son of Sylvia and Eric Enriquez

>> Jacob Alexander Rebollar, Donna High, son of Nelda and David Rebollar, Jr.

The recently announcement began with a welcome from Weslaco Mayor David Suarez for the guests, which included Donna High School Counselors Araceli Garza and Michelle Garza, and Weslaco East High School Counselor Armando Gonzalez. These counselors were instrumental in helping the sponsors with the application process.

Suarez shared with the delegates that they were selected “… because they are the best of the best in the Rio Grande Valley!”

“We can’t wait to see all the great things coming from each of you as you return,” he said. Hidalgo County Precinct 1 Commissioner David Fuentes, founding sponsor and 1990 delegate alum from Weslaco High School, hosted the event. He spoke to the delegates about what his job entails, and the intricacies of county government —significant because the delegates will run for city, county and state offices once at Texas Boys State.

Luciano S. Garza III, founding sponsor and chair of RGV Boys State Alumni Group, and also a 1980 Weslaco High School delegate alum, and a Texas Boys State Senior Counselor, discussed delegate information packets and distributed gift bags.

He shared The Texas Boys State Song for the first time with the new delegates, which they will sing daily the conference.

Fuentes presented each delegate with an official Texas Boys State certificate from Hidalgo County Precinct 1 in recognition of their excellent achievement.

The traditional Texas Boys State Cake was also presented to the delegates and Reyna’s BBQ brisket dinner was provided by Fuentes and served by staff.

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each student becomes a part of the operation of his local, county, and state government.

The training is objective and practical, with city, county, and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices.

For more information on Texas Boys State, contact any of the sponsors or high school counselors.