Tyler ISD Communications

Jennifer Hines

Executive Director of Communications and Public Relations

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Sandra Stanley Communications Coordinator

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Amy Pawlak 

Public Relations Coordinator

Lynne Hubbard

Switchboard Operator

Marla Boone

Communications/ Volunteer Assistant

Angela Duitch

Coordinator of TISD-TV & Digital Media

Jessica Poe

Digital Communications Specialist

Jacob Walker

Digital Media and Video Specialist

John Landes

Coordinator of Government Relations

Tracy Varnell

District Mail Clerk

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Robert E. Lee High School announces National Merit Semifinalist, Commended students

October 14, 2016


Tyler – Robert E. Lee High School recently announced that two Red Raider students have received honors from the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Mary Claire Neal has been named a Semifinalist and Kushan Gupta a Commended Student.


Ms. Neal joins approximately 16,000 students across the nation in receiving Semifinalist honors. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million, that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.  Ms. Neal is a member of the REL Band, cross country, track and other campus clubs and organizations. She plans to attend Rice University in the fall of 2017.


Mr. Gupta joins 34,000 Commended Students across the nation in being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended Students do become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. Mr. Gupta is a member of the REL Tennis team, TEAM America Rocketry Challenge, Mu Alpha Theta and various other campus organizations. He plans to attend Stanford University next fall.


Congratulations Ms. Neal and Mr. Gupta on this incredible achievement.


Pictured: (left to right) Kushan Gupta and Mary Claire Neal

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