Education

This North Texas school got an unexpected visit from a famous singer, actress

Visiting Mansfield’s Danny Jones Middle School was on one famous former student’s to-do list on Monday.

Guess who?

Selena Gomez made a surprise stop at her former school while in North Texas filming a documentary about her childhood and hometown memories. The visit was recorded in a school district video and press release.

“This trip, I wanted to take my best friend Courtney and also some of my people from my label just to show them where I grew up and how proud I am of where I’m from,” Gomez said in the video. “Some of my teachers, I got to see again, and they were part of my life for so long.”

The actress grew famous while working on Disney projects. Her credits includes “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Hotel Transylvania” and “Ramona & Beezus.” She’s also a pop star known for numerous songs, including. “Same Old Love.”

Gomez attended the Danny Jones Middle School as a seventh-grader.

The Grand Prairie native offered students a few words of advice about education and life: “I wasn’t a straight-A student by all means, but I think it’s really important, and I think it’s also important to be kind to someone.”

Gomez said in a press release that students should focus on school work and know “that anything is possible for them.”

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Diane Smith, a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, has been a reporter for the Star-Telegram since 1997. Smith, who has covered municipal government, immigration and education, has won multiple awards for reporting, most recently as part of a Star-Telegram team recognized by the Headliners Foundation of Texas for coverage of child abuse and Fort Worth’s Las Vegas Trail area.
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