Tyler ISD Student Surprised with $5,000 Scholarship

Tyler Legacy High School senior Sarae Sinville has an additional $5,000 in scholarship money to put toward her tuition next year at Stanford University. Sinville won the grand prize in a student-created video contest sponsored by CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances to promote the importance of heart health.

CHRISTUS representatives said Sinville's video caught their attention because it illustrated women's health in general and featured statistics on African American women and girls. Sinville's video featured fun TikTok dances to help viewers get exercise and pointed out small ways viewers can help spread awareness about heart health.

"I feel like we need to start focusing on our health, and I really just wanted to call out easy ways to do that, like social media, because we are all on social media," Sinville said.

Scholarship awards included the grand prize that Sinville won as well as second, third, fourth, and fifth place prizes that other students in the Tyler area won.

Jamie Moore, clinical director for Cardiovascular Center of Excellence for CHRISTUS and the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, believes the impact Sinville has on the community has only just begun. "We hope Sarae takes the knowledge that she's learned about women and heart disease and shares it," Moore said. "I think she'll continue to make an impact on her community."