Yep, Christine Knight-Ober is once again our Queen of Chili. Qualified for life for her 2010 1st Place Chili in Terlingua Behind the Store (same year the first time she won Ladies State), she is still pretty darn exciting to watch win! Making the win even sweeter it was her birthday! Happy Birthday, Congratulations, and Long Live the Queen!
The response to our call to students seeking scholarship funds this year was very exciting! We want to thank all of the CTTCG folks that helped spread the word, carried applications back and forth and pestered the young people to fill ‘em out.
We received twenty applications for a Mike “BB” Hughes Memorial Scholarship, and they came from all over; Dale, Lockhart, Bastrop, Paige, Taylor, Johnson City, Canyon Lake, Red Rock, Austin and one all the way from Clovis, New Mexico!
Checking the penny bank, the Selection Committee was given authorization to fund fourteen $500 scholarships. Yes, 14 - again!
The applications and essays covered a lot of ground, and were an interesting and enlightening read. Two of our applicants have physical therapy degree aspirations and the Selection Committee was introduced to a brand new area of study: Kinesiology - the scientific study of human movement. Also among the applicants are a couple of horticulture enthusiasts, a future veterinarian, three nursing students, one radiology student, two in criminal justice and a couple of marketing majors, one specifically aimed at professional sports marketing. The one common thread throughout was a long-standing desire to help others.
We are proud to introduce the 2015 Mike “BB” Hughes Memorial Scholarship recipients:
1. Dylan Adams from Dale, Texas
A 2015 graduate from Lockhart High, Dylan is one of three attending college in the fall. Triplets!
Born two months premature, Dylan was saddled with many health issues, including delayed speech development, and primary education was accomplished through special education classes.
Overcoming all the challenges, both physically and academically, Dylan is completing high school in the top ten percent of the class, and is testament to the determination of this young person to succeed in life.
Dylan will be attending Texas State University working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.
2. Jennifer Bacon from Johnson City, Texas - CTTCG Sponsor: Debbi Tucker
Knowing it would make a huge difference in her life, Jennifer focused on education from a very early age. Sacrificing long summer vacations and time with friends during her last two years in high school, she attended community college two nights a week year around to get a jump start. Her chosen path of study will hopefully support a lifestyle that includes travel, meeting new people and being exposed to different cultures. Something she was born into.
An Army brat born overseas, and her native language German, Jennifer moved around a lot and learned to adapt. She quickly conquered English when the family moved to Johnson City, Texas when she was 8.
Jennifer is a graduating senior from LBJ High School in Johnson City and next fall will be attending Texas State University pursuing a degree in Marketing.
3. Shelby Carriger from Bastrop, Texas - CTTCG Sponsor: Texas Martini Girls/Molliez Messes
This is the third BB Hughes Scholarship for Shelby. Continuing her studies at Blinn College, Shelby hopes to ultimately transfer and graduate from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Criminal History. Her career goal will take her into the field of forensics, collecting evidence to help convict criminals of their crimes. Shelby has a minor study of interpretation - American sign language.
4. Baylee Carson from Canyon Lake, Texas - CTTCG Sponsor: Reva Weatherly
Graduating this year from Canyon Lake High School, Baylee has been accepted at Cisco College to begin her studies this fall toward a degree in Kinesiology - physical therapy specializing in stroke recovery.
Always knowing that when she grew up she wanted to help people, the sudden loss of her grandmother last year gave her focus. Honoring her Mamaw, her chosen career path is to help stroke victims regain as much normalcy as they can. Baylee is also a member of the dance team, "Wrangler Belles."
5. Cassondra Elizondo from Lockhart, Texas
Having grown up on a ranch, Cassondra is at home with all animals and wants to make a career out of helping them, treating their wounds, curing their diseases and understanding them better.
Cassondra will be attending Texas A&M at Corpus Christi this fall as she begins her studies toward being a veterinarian.
6. Morgan Fajkus from Paige, Texas
Morgan is a member of the 2015 Smithville High School graduation class. An early childhood accident causing severe burns requiring multiple surgeries over the course of the last several years has had a profound affect on Morgan.
Based on her own personal experiences and the driving desire to give back and help others as she has been helped, Morgan has chosen a course of study to become a Registered Nurse.
Morgan will attend Blinn College this fall in her pursuit of a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.
7. Ciera Goode from Red Rock, Texas
A long time member of FFA, and a rodeo enthusiast, Ciera plans to attend local community college to study Animal Science. Acceptance letters received from three colleges, Ciera has not yet chosen which one she will attend.
8. Randa Homann from Lockhart, Texas
Until diagnosed with dyslexia in the 2nd grade, Randa sought refuge in the great outdoors. Finally learning to read set her free, but learning to plant, tend and cultivate had already captured her attention. Following this passion, she feels that her calling is in horticulture genetics and plant breeding. She hopes to one day create plants that are better for the environment and consumption. Perhaps one day her name will be linked to a cancer curing strain of broccoli.
Randa will be attending Texas A&M pursuing a degree in Horticulture.
9. Steven Lillian from Lockhart, Texas - CTTCG Sponsor: Matthew Sturn
Steven will be graduating this year from Lockhart High School. He will be pursing a career aimed at putting him inside professional sports. His focus is to “...work with the teams that we dreamed to play for.” One day he hopes “...to work in the Rangers organization, and be a marketing manager for the team, to help them become a fun and family-oriented team to go watch play.”
Steven will be attending Texas A&M - Corpus Christi pursuing a degree in Sports Management & Marketing.
10. Holly Morkovsky from Red Rock, Texas - CTTCG Sponsor: Carriger family.
Holly is a graduate student with a major in Forensic Chemistry and minor in Criminal Justice and Biology. Holly is convinced that the keys to success are teamwork and time management.
Holly will continue her studies at Sam Houston State University toward her degree.
11. Brandie Preuss from Taylor, Texas - CTTCG Sponsor: Debbi Tucker
Brandie is a 2015 graduate of Thrall High School. She is focused on obtaining her degree in agriculture based on her personal love of all things farming and livestock. Tackling what is a male dominated field of study is brave and ambitious. You gotta love the pioneering spirit it takes to go against the tide.
Brandie will be attending Tarleton State studying Animal Science and AgriBusiness.
12. Delfina Sena from Clovis, New Mexico - CTTCG Sponsor: Laury McCullough
Delfina is a graduate of the School of Hard Knocks. A single parent and high school dropout at the tender age of 15, Delfina is now the mother of three and has suffered through minimum wage jobs trying to make ends meet. Delfina is determined to be more than a mother, she wants to be a role model.
Always intrigued by Radiology, after the birth of her last child, she decided it was time to get on with it and go after her dream.
An advocate of the tutoring center, she pushes herself to conquer the struggles of Algebra*. She says she knows that with hard work and determination, she can accomplish anything, especially an A in Math.
She says, “...there is nothing more important than finishing college and showing my family that if can do it, so can they.”
Delfina is currently enrolled at Clovis Community College and will continue through the summer session to complete her prerequisites for entering the Bachelor of Science Radiology program.
*Got a message from Delfina late on 5/14. She took her finals the first week in May, and she did indeed get an A in Algebra!!!
13. Julissa Trevino from Lockhart, Texas
Julissa’s mother has been ill for as long as she can remember. Helping to care for her mother as a child she earned the nickname, “Little Nurse,” and Julissa loved it. When she discovered people could actually make a living by taking care of other people, she set her cap on becoming a Registered Nurse.
Through hard work and dedication she is ranked 5th in her class of 296, and was one of only 140 applicants chosen for the UT Bachelor of Science Nursing program out of the 1300 received. She will start in the fall.
14. Cody Willis from Austin, Texas - CTTCG Sponsor: Brenda Willis
Cody graduated from high school in 2009 and went on to graduate from Texas Lutheran University in 2013 with a degree in Kinesiology. Through work as not only a personal trainer, but as a Physical Therapist, Cody now wants to take it a step further and continue his education to the doctorate level and live out his passion of helping others be healthy and recover from injuries.
Cody will attend Austin Community College this fall to tackle the prerequisites to embark upon this quest of becoming Doctor of Physical Therapy.
Is your wardrobe looking a little tattered? Are you looking for a new conversation starter? How about a new chili shirt? Eye-catching black shirts with a CTTCG friendly price tag. Look for Kathy Carriger at an upcoming event, and tell her you want a T from the V!
That's about it for now. Viva Terlingua!
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2013 AND 2014 Behind the Store 1st Place Chili Champion
Dave Lazarus from Killeen
Lisa Edwards from Kendalia, Texas
2014 Tolbert Ladies State Chili Champion of Texas
2015 Tolbert Texas Men's State Champion
Mick Joplin, Lakeside Village, Texas
2015 Tolbert Texas State Winner
Mike Behr, Manchaca, Texas
7 CASI – TICC Champs
3 Tolbert Champs
Mike "BB" Hughes & Dwight Hamilton, BFF
A group of friends who just happen to cook award winning chili and BBQ while we raise awareness and funds for some mighty worthy causes.
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Well, that's simple. We cook and promote the Official State Dish of Texas: Chili.
We host over 30 chili events per year at a variety of locations, including the Al Hopkins Tolbert Texas State Chili Championship in Lockhart.
Aside from having a lot of fun, we support a long and varied list of charitable causes like Juvenile Diabetes, Cerebral Palsy, and the VFW Scholarship Fund to list just a few. Check the Where We've Been and Why We Do It page for beneficiary details for some of the cookoffs.
Most every weekend! Be sure to check the What's Coming Up page for the details on this week's cookoff!
All over Central Texas! For most events we will have a map and/or directions on how to get to the various locations on the Map Page to help you out.