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Visit Tyler Names the 2022 Rose City Ambassadors

Visit Tyler is proud to announce the students who have been chosen to serve as this year’s Rose City Ambassadors.


The Rose City Ambassador program is a new volunteer program aimed at giving high school students the opportunity to earn community volunteer hours. The program is open to all high school students residing in Smith County who enjoy working with people and are academically eligible.


Students were required to submit an application and go through an interview process in order to be selected. Participants in the program have already been through training and will act as

greeters at large community events throughout the year.


Students will earn community service hours, which can be counted on their college applications or for high school requirements as well as earn badges for events and hours worked throughout the year.


“We found there was a need in the community to offer volunteer opportunities to students throughout the year,” Susan Travis, Visit Tyler Vice President of Tourism, said. “The new, revamped program will be open to more students and give students more chances to serve the community and earn their service hours.”


Twenty-three area students from nine different schools were chosen to serve this year.


The 2022 Rose City Ambassadors are:


All Saints Episcopal School

Eleena Akotia

Catelin Khalaf

Kate Moore

Caroline Wells


The Brook Hill School

Jakub Jirko

Seohyeon (Ellena) Lee

Ashley Nguyen


Cumberland Academy

Cayl Blasingame

Gabriel Mabulay

Addison Petty


Early College High School

Avery Henderson


Home School

Berean Matthews (Classical Conversations)

Hannah McKinney


T.K. Gorman

Antonio Pereda

Cecilia Shick


Tyler Legacy High

Alexander Bergfeld

Reese Cooper

Noah Kimmel

Namarie Perez

Carter Wells


UTT University Academy

Mitchell Campbell

Isabella Romero


Whitehouse High School

Sarah Kloosterman


“There were several applicants for the volunteer program, and it was hard to choose,” Travis said. “These students are the best of the best, and we can’t wait for the public to meet them.”


The inaugural class of Rose City Ambassadors will greet visitors throughout the Azalea & Spring Flower Trail March 25-April 10, 2022, as their first act of service. Be the first to meet them at the Azalea & Spring Flower Trail Ribbon Cutting held March 25 at 10am at the Pyron Home located at 212 W Dobbs St.


Other events the Rose City Ambassadors will participate in include Texas Rose Festival, Azalea District Trail of Lights, and they will also have the opportunity to serve at the Tyler Visitor Center at various times throughout the year.


For more information about the program or the Azalea & Spring Flower Trail, go to

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