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UT Austin president and UT System executive vice chancellor to visit Rio Grande Valley high school students Tuesday

President Larry R. Faulkner of The University of Texas at Austin and Executive Vice Chancellor Ed Sharpe of the UT System will visit top academic students in Brownsville high schools Tuesday morning (Nov. 21) before attending the Valley Honors Banquet Tuesday night. At the banquet, 300 outstanding students and guests from throughout the Rio Grande Valley will be recognized.

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AUSTIN, Texas—President Larry R. Faulkner of The University of Texas at Austin and Executive Vice Chancellor Ed Sharpe of the UT System will visit top academic students in Brownsville high schools Tuesday morning (Nov. 21) before attending the Valley Honors Banquet Tuesday night. At the banquet, 300 outstanding students and guests from throughout the Rio Grande Valley will be recognized.

Faulkner and Sharpe each will lead a team of University representatives encouraging the high school students to strive for higher education. They will provide information and answer questions about the admissions process, student financial assistance, housing and other aspects of campus life.

“We are going to the Valley to salute the academic achievement of its talented students. The University has a special relationship with the schools of this region. Some of our finest students come from the Valley, and we hope to recruit even more this year,” said Faulkner.

Sharpe, the UT System’s executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, said, “There is tremendous potential among these talented young minds that should not be wasted. We want to join with their teachers and counselors in inspiring these students to reach that potential. We need these students to succeed and become leaders helping society to face the challenges of the future.”

In Brownsville, Faulkner will lead the Orange Team and Sharpe will lead the White Team as they start visiting schools at 9 a.m. The Orange Team will visit Simon Rivera High School, Porter High School and Lopez High School. The White Team will talk with students at James Pace High School and Homer Hanna High School, and also will visit another UT System component, UT Brownsville.

Both teams will attend an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at La Hacienda Restaurant, where they will have an opportunity to visit with Brownsville area honors teachers in the disciplines of math, science, English, foreign language and social studies.

The keynote speaker for the 7 p.m. Tuesday Valley Honors Banquet at the McAllen Country Club will be Dr. Jaime Garza, chief of plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and a former player with the National Football League.

For additional information, contact Augustine Garza, Admissions Office, (512) 475-7454.

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Itinerary for Nov. 21 (Tuesday) visit to the Rio Grande Valley

9 a.m.-10 a.m.

— Orange Team (President Larry R. Faulkner) visits Simon Rivera High School, 6955 Farm Road 802, Brownsville (956) 831-8719.

— White Team (Vice Chancellor Edwin Sharpe) visits James Pace High School, 314 West Los Ebanos Blvd, Brownsville (956) 548-7710.

10:15-11:15 a.m.

— Orange Team visits Porter High School, 3500 International Blvd. (956) 548-7823.

— White Team visits Homer Hanna High School, 2615 Price Rd., (956) 548-7624.

11:30 a.m. — Both teams arrive at La Hacienda Restaurant for teacher luncheon.

1:15 p.m.

— Orange Team visits Lopez High School, 3205 South Dakota Ave., (956) 982-7427.

— White Team visits The University of Texas at Brownsville.

7-9 p.m. — Valley Honors Banquet at the McAllen Country Club.