The TAPS Team travels to Washington, DC

This past weekend, members of the TAPS Team traveled to Washington, DC – by invitation from Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (TX, 18th Congressional District) – to present at the 2015 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, 45th Annual Legislation Conference! Houston Police Department’s Sargent Anthony Turner and TAPS Graduate, Ms. Stephanie Mosquera (accompanied by her mother, Ms. Maria Serrano) participated as panelists in the “CRIMINAL JUSTICE LEGAL ISSUES FORUM: Building Better Relationships and Safer Interactions between Minority Youth and Law Enforcement.”

As a result, Ms. Mosquera had the opportunity to publically share how TAPS has impacted her life, meet Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, tour the White House, and experience many of the Washington, DC Memorials & Monuments. Additionally, Ms. Mosquera attended – by invitation only – a social engineering event at the Hay Adams Hotel hosted by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. Honorees at this event included US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Civil Rights Activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland.

We have included photos of Ms. Stephanie’s trip and some fun facts about her below so that you can get to know her a little, and be just as proud of her as we are!

  • Name: Ms. Stephanie Mosquera

  • Age: 17

  • Assigned School: Waltrip High School, Houston TX

  • Currently Making a Difference at: Beechnut Academy, Houston TX

  • TAPS Graduation Date: December 2014 from Beechnut Academy

  • Anticipated High School Grad Date: Spring 2016

  • Plans after High School: attend University of Texas (Hook ‘em!)

  • Career Goals: Anesthesiologist or Surgeon (General or Pediatric)

  • Personal Goals: To have her own place by the age of 22

  • Favorite Cereal: Vanilla Lucky Charms

  • Favorite Part of the TAPS Washington DC Trip: Meeting Representative Sheila Jackson Lee and watching the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery.

TAPS Team getting ready to head to CBC

TAPS Team at CBC

Ms. Mosquera and Sgt. Turner on the panel

Ms. Mosquera overlooking White House and Washington Monument

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Rev. Jesse Jackson

US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch

TAPS Team at Hay Adams hotel

Ms. Mosquera and her mom, Ms. Serrano, White House tour

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery

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