Garcia Honored for Community Service by Brownsville’s Saint Joseph Academy
The prestigious award was given at the private Roman Catholic college preparatory school’s fifth annual Community Prayer Breakfast.
Brother Richard Sharpe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Joseph Academy, presents the Distinguished Community Service Award to UTB President Juliet V. Garcia on Tuesday, Feb. 25.
“These individuals have demonstrated a commitment to improve the quality of life in our community and beyond,” said Brother Richard Sharpe, Saint Joseph Academy’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are grateful for their generosity.”
Garcia said her family ties to the academy run deep: her husband and two children are graduates and some of her grandchildren are presently students.
“He (Oscar, her husband) would not be the man he is today if he had not played sports and had the educational quality that Saint Joseph Academy has,” said Garcia.
Garcia said she felt a rare privilege of doing work in the city she grew up in and continues to work in. She cited the success of UTB graduating more than 35,000 students in the last 22 years.
“When you get a chance to do that in your community it has its own meaning,” she said.
The guest speaker was Michael Vega, a 1981 graduate of Saint Joseph Academy and 1986 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. He is a sports writer at the Boston Globe primarily covering football and basketball at Boston College and auto racing. He has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors and the New England Newspaper Association.
Vega credited the academy for nurturing him in sports through playing football for the Bloodhounds. The academy’s rigorous academics also prepared him for college and in his profession.
“It enabled me to blossom as an individual,” said Vega.
Also recognized with Community Service Awards was Monsignor Gustavo Barrera of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Parish in McAllen and a 1971 Saint Joseph Academy graduate and Tip of Texas Family Outreach in Brownsville.