Runyan to Host Lacey Student at State of the Union

Feb 11, 2013

Washington, D.C. – During President Barack Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address, Lacey Township High School student Tyler Burt will be in the House of Representative’s Gallery watching.  Each member of Congress is given one ticket for a guest to attend the State of the Union.  This year, Tyler is Congressman Jon Runyan’s (R-NJ) invited guest for the evening. 

“Tyler is an exceptional student and I was pleased that he will be able to make it to Washington to be a part of this historic night,” said Congressman Runyan.  “So many of Ocean County’s residents were affected by Hurricane Sandy and Tyler and his family were not spared from the storm.  Despite this adversity, Tyler has remained a strong student and humanitarian.  He serves as the Student Government Association’s President, a member of the National Honor Society, editor of the Yearbook, a Heroes & Cool Kids mentor, and a former WOBM Senior of the Month.”

“The Lacey Township School District is thrilled that high school senior, Tyler Burt, will be attending the State of the Union Address as a guest of Congressman Runyan,” said Assistant Superintendent Vanessa Clark, Ph.D.   “As the current Student Government Association President at Lacey Township High School, Tyler was an easy selection for this honor. In addition to serving as SGA President, Tyler also represents the district as a committee member for the District Technology Leadership Committee and the District Random Drug Testing Committee. Tyler also serves as the Student Representative to the Board of Education. His contributions to both school and the community extend far beyond the classroom. We look forward to hearing about Tyler's experience at the State of the Union address and wish him the best for an outstanding visit.”

This is the second year Congressman Runyan has invited a student down to be his guest at the State of the Union.  Last year Brittney Emery of Toms River High School attended the State of the Union with Congressman Runyan.  The Congressman hopes to make this opportunity available to one exemplary student each year.