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Taking steps toward higher education

Pam Martinez (left), Larry Goddard (second from left), James E. Shaw (third from left back row), Lonny Uzzell (second from right), Vanessa Choice and seniors from John Tyler. Pam Martinez (left), Larry Goddard (second from left), James E. Shaw (third from left back row), Lonny Uzzell (second from right), Vanessa Choice and seniors from John Tyler.

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX - Some seniors at John Tyler High School have already passed their TAKS tests. In order to make use of the remaining "testing day" they toured local college campuses.

A contribution to the Tyler ISD Foundation's "We Believe In Tyler ISD" campaign provided for funding of a field trip to John Tyler High School seniors who have passed the TAKS test. Close to 300 students were eligible for the trip which took the students to four different college campuses in the East Texas area. 

"This allows the students who are not taking the TAKS exams to be off campus on the day the other students are taking the TAKS test," explained Larry Goddard, Executive Director of the Tyler ISD Foundation. "This is a wonderful way to serve our students and Southside Bank is to be commended for the creative way they have helped John Tyler by creating a positive outlet for those who would not be involved in testing."

Southside Bank Executive Vice President Lonny Uzzell and Vice President James E. Shaw were on hand as the buses were leaving John Tyler High School parking lot early Tuesday morning.

"Studies indicate that one thing college freshmen have in common is that have set foot many times on college campuses as high school students," said Goddard. "So the more times a high school student visits a college campus, the more likely they will apply for enrollment. Trips like this one today remove any fears the student might have about a college experience."

"Southside Bank is honored to be part of this program," said Lonny Uzzell, also a John Tyler High School alumnus. "Not only are the students being rewarded for their achievements, they will be able to see the opportunities of higher education."

Mr. Uzzell has served as a director of the Tyler ISD Foundation Board for nine consecutive years.

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