Former Army General to Speak Latino Leadership Day

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KINGSVILLE–A former retired Army General from South Texas will be the keynote speaker at a Coastal Bend leadership conference for Latino high school students.

Retired Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez, the highest ranking Latino ever in the Army, will give a keynote address at the Ready to Lead Program, a program put on by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

Sanchez, a native of the Rio Grande Valley and a Distinguished Military graduate of Texas A & I, was in charge of Iraqi forces when Saddam Hussein was captured in 2003.

The free program will be held on Nov. 20 at Texas A & M Kingsville. It is open to 9th and 10th grade students involved with dual credit classes from Mathis in San Patricio County all the way down to Falfurrias in Brooks County.

 “The program itself is designed to start talking to students about college in high school at an earlier age,” said Manuel Lujan, Texas A & M Vice President for Enrollment Management said in a press release. “This is a very good activity for students and parents that are pursuing their dream of attending college. It shows that the dream is real, that it is possible.”

These programs are put on by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute on a regular basis, but it’s usually in big cities. So this is the first time they will hold this program in a smaller city, like Kingsville.

 “It is a real honor to have the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute coming to our university,” said Dr. Steven Tallant, the Texas A & M Kingsville university president. “This is the first time they have chosen to come to a rural area and they picked South Texas.”

The Ready to Lead program is a one day program that will educate students about the importance of going to college and prepare them for that big step. They also will have mentors at the program to provide advice and personal experience about the trials and turbulations of attending college.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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