Students greeted by Rotary Club of Tyler President-Elect George Roberts as they enter the stage to receive their awards.
Tyler, Texas (April 30, 2018) – More than 75 Tyler area middle school, high school, and college students were recently recognized at this year's Rotary Young Citizens Awards Banquet held April 19 at the University of Texas at Tyler Ornelas Activity Center. More than 300 guests attended the event this year.
A young man and a young woman are chosen annually from each of the participating schools in Smith County by a committee of teachers. The selections are based on important principles, including citizenship, courtesy, loyalty, honesty, service, dependability, sportsmanship, and leadership.
This year’s award winners came from the following participating schools:
All Saints Episcopal School, All Saints Middle School, Arp High School, Arp Junior High, Bishop TK Gorman High School, Bishop TK Gorman Middle School, Boulter Middle School
Brook Hill High School, Brook Hill Middle School, Bullard High School, Bullard Middle School, Chapel Hill High School,Chapel Hill Middle School, Christian Heritage High School,
Christian Heritage Middle School, Dogan Middle School, East Texas Christian Academy High School, East Texas Christian Academy Middle School, Grace Community High School
Grace Community Middle School, Hogg Middle School, Hubbard Middle School, John Tyler High School, Lindale High School, Lindale Middle School, Moore MST Magnet School,Robert E. Lee High School,Texas College, Three Lakes Middle School, Troup High School, Troup Middle School, Tyler Junior College, University of Texas at Tyler, Whitehouse High School,
Whitehouse Middle School, Winona High School, Winona Middle School
The Rotary Club of Tyler has sponsored this event for 82 years. Students receive certificates, making them a member of the Tyler Rotary Young Citizens Club. The project has created so much interest among other Rotary clubs throughout the country that it has been initiated in many other cities. Rotary International became interested in the recognition and has recommended the establishment of Rotary Young Citizens Clubs to local Rotary Clubs around the world.
“This is one of those annual events we as Rotarians truly look forward to each year,” said David Jones, Rotary Club of Tyler President. “We have an opportunity to recognize young people in our local schools that have wonderful qualities that make up not all good citizens, but are developing into future leaders of our community.”
The evening also included keynote speaker Dr. Michael V. Tidwell, President of the University of Texas at Tyler and recognition of each campus teacher of the year.
The Rotary Club of Tyler meets every Thursday at noon at the Hollytree Country Club located at 6700 Hollytree Dr, Tyler, Texas.
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century. The first Rotary club was founded in Chicago in 1905. The Rotary Club of Tyler has a rich history. It was chartered on May 1, 1920. For more information, visit