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Tyler GEAR UP at UT Tyler Offers Leadership Initiative

October 1, 2007

Eighty-six 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 Sept. 10 - 12 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.”


“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 Jervonte Amie, Dexter Blair, Edward Carrillo, Miami Cox, Aqueelah Davis, Viviana Garcia, Gabriela Garza, Melisa Garza, Chrishayna Guyton, Devonte Haggerty, Jamarcus Hampton, Melissie Hampton, Hugo Hilario, Leslie Hill, Tra’Vion Horn, Ebony Johnigan, Juwon Johnson, Devonte Jones, Redis Jones, Brandi Joshlin, Jennifer Littrell, Justin Longacre, Kiara McGee, Oscar Rodriguez, Marcus Ross, Keundas Sanford, Eduardo Serratos, Marixa Valle, Christina Wallace, Charnice Warren and Chris Williams. Adults chaperones included Assistant Principal, Dexter Floyd and teachers, Joel Enge and Paula Jones.


Dogan Middle School students were Ali Alonso, Brenda Anaya, Jose Araiza, Alexus Austin, Kyrian Bailey, Abner Barrera, Miguel Benitez, Christina Castillo, Edsel Cornelio, Elizabeth Correa, Raymond Curry, Abigail Garcia, Jasmine Granberry, Moya Harmon, Toya Harmon, Kiara Hill, Dominque Huerta, Cynthia Medina, Ambreanna Mitchell, Jose Murillo, Adolfo Nieto, Dion Pugh, Zulema Rosales, Noemi Santibanez, Christopher Schultz, Rubi Soto, Gerardo Villegas, Ashley Wineck and Cindy Zavala. Adults chaperones included Tyler GEAR UP Coordinator Aretha Dixson and teachers, Coach DeMoville and Coach Jamerson.

Stewart Middle School students were Christina Alas, De'Ona Browning, Lindsey Cruz, Cody DeJong, Osei Domena, Courtney Egan, Robin Evans, Zac Franklin, Andy Gonzales, Jarvous Green, Jeremy Hayter, De'Monte Holloway, Jacquelyn Horn, Aubyn Hutchings, Kayla Nelson, Heather Oldham, David Proctor, Taylar Pugh, Miguel Ramirez, Xzavier Rayford, Denesha Russell, Lacey Smith, Byron Taylor, Tiffany Watkins, Devirean Wheeler and Linden Willingham. Adults chaperones included Tyler GEAR UP Coordinator Aretha Dixson and teachers, Britany Chamlee and Lamesa Jenkins.


Twelve 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.

Students were Antwana Banks, Nohemi Basurdo, Jaleesa Goss, Guillermo Carmarra, Jose Carmona, Larissa Colbert, Myranda Esparza, Joseph Jeggernauth, KeUndre Mumphrey, Poughkeepsie Pields, Marcel Ross and Gerrun Walker. Adult chaperones included Tyler GEAR UP coordinators Rodney Curry and Vanessa McFarland and teacher Johnathan Taylor.

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


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


One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.



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