EDINBURG – The U.S. Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector recently honored four high school students from the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District as part of its “Head of the Class” program.

Border Patrol officials said that the program recognized the academic excellence of 69 high-achieving seniors from high schools throughout the Valley. Students were nominated by their respective schools and selected by a committee.

The students were selected based on being well-rounded students, who are involved in their schools and communities, as well as excelling in academics and promoting a drug-free lifestyle.

The Border Patrol recognized the following Edinburg CISD students:

Bryan Lopez, Edinburg High School

Olivia Vela, Edinburg North High School

Angela Maria Lopez, Economedes High School

Eric Anthony Jackson, Vela High School

All the students will now compete for at least three $1,000 scholarships, which the Border Patrol expects to award in the spring.

Pictured L-R: (front row) Vela High School senior Eric Anthony Jackson, Edinburg North High School senior Olivia Vela, Economedes High School senior Angela Maria Lopez, Edinburg High School senior Bryan Lopez and U.S. Border Patrol Agent Ruben Garcia Jr.; (back row) U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert R. Galvan, Vela High School Principal Sylvia Ledesma, Edinburg North High School Principal Mark Micallef, Edinburg High School Principal Yesenia Molina and Economedes High School Principal Dr. Raul D’Lorm.