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Top editor of PEOPLE visits Cooper High School

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ABILENE, Texas - Jess Cagle, Editorial Director for PEOPLE & Entertainment Weekly magazines payed a visit to his old high school Friday to speak to students Friday afternoon.

Cagle graduated Cooper High School in 1983.

While attending the high school, he was a member of Robert Holladay's Classic Film Society and active in the theater program.

"There's such a great nurturing community around the arts in Abilene," said Cagle, "High school programs, to your civic arts programs."

"It made me realize it's the general direction I wanted to go..." said Cagle, "...it was a high school teacher who introduced me."

Cagle also works with celebrities while making appearances on Good Morning America and hosting red carpet events such as the Oscar's.

He had a few pieces of advices for students.

"Think about what you really love to do," said Cagle, "think about what you're good at and always keep your eye on that ball."

"Fame and fortune are going to come if you follow it," said Cagle, "but more importantly happiness is going to come if you just stay true to yourself and do what you love."

John Marsden, a student at Cooper High School said he appreciated the visit from a former Cougar.

"He came specifically just to talk to the students..." said Marsden, "...he just came so he could talk to us, and give us advice, help us feel better about ourselves in general."

Cagle will be honored with "An Evening on the Red Carpet" Saturday. The event will start at 6 p.m. with a dinner at Prosperity Bank.

The program will start 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theater, complete with a red carpet and paparazzi.

There, clips of his red carpet interviews will be played and he will speak.

He will also be given a 'Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award' provided by the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council.

Rep. Susan King will present him with a flag flown over the Capitol, and the Mayor of Abilene Norm Archibald will present with the key to the city.

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