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Tyler GEAR UP Offers Leadership Initiative for Students

May 25, 2007

Ninety-seven eighth graders from Boulter, Dogan and Stewart Middle Schools recently participated in an iLead Camp as a part of a Tyler GEAR UP leadership initiative for students, Dr. Peggy Gill, Tyler GEAR UP director at The University of Texas at Tyler, announced.


Gill received a $3.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement Tyler Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. In partnership with the Tyler Independent School District, Tyler GEAR UP serves to encourage and prepare students for college.


The iLead camp, held May 7 – 9 at Sky Ranch in Van, featured a variety of topics including career exploration, college admissions, curriculum choices and life choices as students proceed to high school.


“Since the primary objective of Tyler GEAR UP is to increase the number of college bound students from these targeted Tyler ISD campuses, the iLead camp experience was a perfect match for our students,” said Gill. “It was great fun and a motivational experience. The students can believe in themselves and the opportunities before them.”


Seven John Tyler High School students, along with three teachers, joined the middle school students and their teachers to establish a leadership bridge from middle school to high school. JT students were Jessica Bell, Angela Frost, Kelcie Granberry, Rashad Minnick, Renato Munoz, Shantara Turner and Wendy Wiggins.

JT teachers were Kenya Symonette, Frank Watkins and Rodney Curry.


“The camp experience designed by Sky Ranch, focused on introducing students to the concept of ME, Incorporated,” said Todd Witt, senior director for school programs at Sky Ranch. “Through ME, Inc., students learned that they are president and CEO of their own lives, and the decisions they are making now impact their value in the workplace in the future.”


Boulter Middle School students were Tatyana Abron, Maria Araujo, Alexandra Ascencio, Braylon Barnes, Adrian Battee, Tianna Bell, D’Carlo Brown, David Bush, Jordan Butler, Jeremy Combs, Ariane Ford, Darrion Glenn, Dominique Guthrie, Chris Hackett, Brannon Hazelton, Mark Hood, Derrick Johnson, Christian King, Antjuan Lee, Jennifer Leon, Taquita Maddox, Quincy Manning, Shakera Murphy, Chelsea Patillo, Israel Perez, Ayanna Poole, Jasmine Porter, Jaylan Pullins, Joseph Reiners, Travelle Ross, Remi Taylor, Llewelyn Wickware, Tamesa Williams and Gabriella Wilson. Adult chaperones were Dexter Floyd and Vanessa McFarland.


Dogan Middle School students were Aaron Archie, Ashlee Breland, Miessha Burgess, Catrina Caddell, Calvin Carter, Racheal Correno, Lizette Cortez, Tyler Davis, Elisa Diaz, Jade Freeman, Lizbeth Higuera, LyKenya Hull, Karla Isaguirre, Emanuel Jiminez, Kevin Juarez, Jaime Lezama, Ezequil Lopez, Jose Lugo, Gonzalo Magana, Daniel Martinez, Ruby Martinez, Richard McClung, Edgar Peralta, DeTorrian Peterson, Judith Pineda, Nancy Portillo, Yorgelis Prieto, Jesus Ramirez, Matt Recio, Myrna Salgado, Jasmine Solis, Sarah Starnes, Victor Valle, Yaneth Venegas and Ashley Williams. Adult chaperones were Jo DeMoville, Lynn Hughes, Coach Mosley, Ms. Pegues and Toby Wahl.

Stewart Middle School students were Akeena Anugwom, James Arterberry, Brittney Ausborne, DeAndre Cato, Shalamar Colon, Angela Corbett, Ruben Duran, Taalar Eatman, Sharnecia Elliott, Denzel Frater, Kayla Gebhardt, Columbria Jackson, Phillip Jordan, Jay Lane, Preciliano Lizalde, Stormy McInroe, Karina Miranda, Shakendra Mumphrey, Jessica Pinkney, Michael Porter, Gabriele Pringle, Jazmine Reese, Arthur Sash, DeAndre Sneed, Kianna Sneed, Jaylon Thorn, Shateciya Wade and Brittany Warren. Adult chaperones included Aretha Dixson, Sara Hernandez, James Mosley and Chace Woods.


For more information about Tyler GEAR UP, contact Gill, 903.565.5675.

For additional information about Sky Ranch, visit www.skyranchcamps.com.


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