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
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