United States Representatives

Scarlett Emma Gonzalez

Scarlett Emma Gonzalez, age 11, is the daughter of Mr. Rodolfo Gonzalez III and Mrs. Erica Luna. Scarlett is a sixth grader at St. Augustine Middle School. She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, Laredo Junior Golf Association, the Courtesy Club and the Rosary Club. Her hobbies include golf, gymnastics, track, tennis, ice skating, volleyball and going to the beach. She especially loves spending time with her family and friends and hunting at the family ranch.

Scarlett’s mother has volunteered, and continues to volunteer, in multiple capacities with the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association and its affiliate organization, the International Good Neighbor Council in Laredo, and has also served in multiple capacities on both boards. Scarlett is honored to follow in her family’s footsteps and continue this legacy as the 2023-2024 Abrazo Child representing the United States.

Jackson Alexander Peregoy

Jackson Alexander Peregoy is 9-years-old and the son of Mr. Bobby Peregoy and Mrs. Margaret Peregoy. He is a fourth-grade student at Colonel Santos Benavides Elementary School. In his free time, Jack enjoys the challenges of raising livestock through his work with the Wrangler 4H Club and is excited about starting his next project in a few months. Jack also loves playing basketball and spends time polishing his skills at the KJ Athletics Basketball Club. As an avid outdoorsman, Jack spends as much time as he can hunting the South Texas brush country and has proven to be quite the marksman behind his rifle. His love for the outdoors doesn’t end with hunting, as he proudly completed his first Spartan Kids race in 2022 and is looking forward to running many more.

Jack continues a long family legacy of community involvement. His father, Bobby, served on the WBCA Board of Directors and on the WBCA Executive Committee. He was elected WBCA President in 2020 and currently serves as a WBCA Lifetime Director and as a Member and Officer of WBCA’s Affiliate Organization, Los Caballeros de la Republica del Rio Grande. Jack also follows in the footsteps of his sister, Riley Olivia Peregoy, who was presented as an Abrazo Child in 2019.
Jack is honored and excited to represent the City of Laredo and the United States as the 2023-2024 Abrazo Child as part of the 126th Washington’s Birthday Celebration.

Mexico Representatives

Estefania Ramirez Richer

Estefania Ramirez Richer is 8-years-old and the daughter of Mr. Emmanuel Ramirez and Mrs. Stephanie Richer de Ramirez. Next week, she will be starting 3rd Grade at Mary Help of Christians School. She is a proud member of Grupo NET. An avid gymnast at heart, Estefania also loves participating in sports such as volleyball, basketball, track and tennis. Among other hobbies she enjoys are Ballet and Jazz. Estefania follows a family legacy of community involvement that began with her grandmother, Adriana Mounetou de Richer, who represented Mexico as an Abrazo Child back in 1969. Estefania is honored to represent Mexico, as the 2023-2024 Abrazo Child, during the 126th Washington’s Birthday Celebration festivities.

Jorge Eduardo Gutierrez Gonzalez

Jorge Eduardo Gutierrez Gonzalez, is 9-years-old and the son of Mr. Jorge Gutierrez Alexander and Mrs. Andrea Gonzalez de Gutierrez. He’s in 4th grade at United Day School and is a proud member of the UDS basketball team. His favorite NBA team is the Golden State Warriors and he admires Stephen Curry. When he grows up, he would like to be an NBA Player. Moreover, he enjoys learning math, playing tennis, traveling abroad, and eating tacos.