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Tyler ISD students honored at Night of Shining Stars

TYLER, April 22, 2013--“The Red Carpets Await!”  So reads the invitations for Night of Shining Stars, an academic recognition event that has been recognized itself for the past few years on a state and, now, a national level.  The event, which honors the top twenty graduates of Robert E. Lee High School and John Tyler High School, is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, 7 p.m., at Caldwell Auditorium, College Street, in Tyler.

Students, who will be accompanied by friends, family and others, will then talk about a Tyler ISD educator who has been most positively influential in their lives.

“This is the seventh year we have organized this event,” said Larry Goddard, executive director.  “We are hearing from grandparents who say their grandchildren tell them to come to Night of Shining Stars and skip graduation—they say this is more fun!”

Students are greeted with loud Paparazzi, walk the red carpet, are presented with a high-quality gold watch, and give talks similar to award acceptance speeches.  Emcee this year is Andy Bergfeld, J.D., Tyler ISD graduate.

“This is the best thing we do.  Our outstanding students tell us their great experience in Tyler ISD and honor an individual who has dedicated their lives to the education of others,” Goddard said.  “It is an emotional night for all of us.  The teachers deserve so much of our gratitude—watching their faces and the faces of family and friends as the top students give their speeches is priceless.”

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