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Every year, the Webb County Heritage Foundation of Laredo conducts a county-wide essay competition among graduating high school seniors, selecting a winner to receive the President of the Republic of the Río Grande® Scholarship. The only criterion used for the winner is that she or he write an essay on some aspect of family history, traditions, or culture. The scholarship will be presented as part of the Founders’ Day Celebration on Saturday, May 20 at 12 noon at the Laredo Center for the Arts in Laredo.
This year’s winner is Catherine Nicole Gonzalez from John B. Alexander High School.
Ms. Gonzalez’ essay is a tribute to her grandmother, Elizabeth Kowalski Foster who had an impressive personal history of civic commitment to various local organizations. Similarly, Ms. Gonzalez traces her grandmother’s family lineage dating back to Gonzalez’ great-great-great grandfather, Captain Samuel Jarvis who came to Laredo after the Civil War and made a name for himself as Mayor and County Surveyor, responsible for naming many of Laredo’s downtown streets.
It is clear, from her stirring composition, that Ms. Gonzalez will continue her family’s commitment to history and heritage.
Ms. Gonzalez is the daughter of Guillermo and Sally Gonzalez, and has listed Texas A&M University as her first choice for college.