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By BY CAROLINA ASTRAIN - CASTRAIN@VICAD.COM
Feb. 7, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Updated Feb. 7, 2013 at 8:08 p.m.

Ernie Zuniga

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Third annual Victoria ISD Education Foundation Hall of Honor Tribute

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive

COST: $10

NOTE: Tickets can be purchased at the Collins Music Center, Tee's Music House and the Victoria Fine Arts Center.

A former superintendent and a university chancellor will be honored this weekend for their service to the Victoria community.

The Victoria ISD Education Foundation selected Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp and recently retired VISD Superintendent Bob Moore as its 2013 inductees to the organization's hall of fame.

"Chancellor Sharp and Mr. Moore were selected as this year's Hall of Honor inductees because of their personal and professional achievements, strengths of character, citizenship and humble service to community," said VISD Education Foundation Executive Director Brittany Hollas. "Their lives serve as models to inspire and challenge today's students."

The former superintendent said he's thrilled to see his former colleagues and friends for the first time since retiring.

Moore retired at age 66 last February after declining a contract extension because of ongoing health concerns.

This will be his first public appearance since the end of his six-year term as superintendent.

"It was so exciting to work with the community and all the great faculty and staff," Moore said. "I really feel honored to be recognized."

Performances by Victoria East and Victoria West high school students and by the A&M wind symphony and string orchestra, honor guard and mascot Reveille will entertain the honorees and guests.

"There will be over 300 performers that will take stage at the tribute," Hollas said. "It is an evening that celebrates not only these deserving gentlemen but showcases the talents of VISD students and our friends from College Station."

San Antonio Fox News anchor and morning show co-host and Victoria native Ernie Zuniga was asked to serve as the master of ceremonies.

"I was just completely flattered," Zuniga said. "My mother was a longtime educator at VISD and passed away last August after being diagnosed with leukemia in 2007."

The St. Joseph High School class of 1994 alum and former KAVU-TV reporter said his family developed a close relationship with the school district and established an endowment in his late mother's name, Martha A. Zuniga, after her passing.

"She had worked at VISD for a long time," Zuniga said. "I try to stay connected as much as I can with Victoria."

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