The Nueces County Junior Livestock Show Association awarded scholarships to 34 graduating high school students from Nueces County for a total amount of $74,500.

The money for the scholarships was raised during the 73rd annual Nueces County Junior Livestock Show held each January. This is one of the single largest scholarship amounts given in the entire Coastal Bend. The current amount in scholarships given in the last 18 years now totals $616,800, all going to the local youth here in Nueces County.

Judging criteria includes stock show participation; FFA, FCCLA, and 4-H club participation; academic achievement; college exams and interviews. This year's interview panel included Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal, Rep. Abel Herrero, and Harvey Buehring.

There are five four-year scholarships, one for $8,000, one for $6,000, and three for $4,000, two three-year scholarships of $3,000, eight two-and-a-half-year scholarships of $2,500, three two-year scholarship of $2,000, five 1-1/2 year scholarships of $1,500 and seven one-year scholarships of $1,000 scholarships and four $500 scholarships. Organizers hope that the success of these students encourages other youth in the community to participate in the livestock show, 4-H, FFA, and FCCLA, as well as the scholarship program.

The recipients for 2008 scholarships, along with a short bio, are as follows:

Chelsea Alaniz is a member of Tuloso-Midway FFA club. She will graduate from Tuloso-Midway High School and is planning to attend Del Mar College majoring in the medical field. Chelsea is the daughter of Samuel and Myra Alaniz of Robstown.

Andrew Becquet is a member of the London 4-H club. He will graduate from Tuloso-Midway High School and is planning to attend Texas A&M University in College Station majoring in business management. Andrew is the son of Robert and Deanna Becquet of Corpus Christi.

Dillon Denman is a member of the Lone Star 4-H club. He will graduate from Calallen High School and is planning to attend Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, majoring in kinesiology. Dillon is the son of Michael and Dawn Denman of Corpus Christi.

Heather Dennis is a member of the Run-in-JM 4-H and Calallen FFA clubs. She will graduate from Calallen High School and is planning to attend Texas A&M University at College Station majoring in biomedical sciences. Heather is the daughter of Robert and Sara Dennis of Robstown.

Brian Faas is a member of the Calallen FFA club. He will graduate from Calallen High School and is planning to attend Texas A&M University at College Station majoring in mechanical engineering. Brian is the son of Sidney and Dorothy Faas of Robstown.

Abigayle Gibson is a member of the Mary Carroll FFA club. She will graduate from Mary Carroll High School and is planning to attend Texas A&M University - Kingsville majoring in animal science. Abigayle is the daughter of Gaylen and Robin Gibson of Corpus Christi.

Pamela Gilley is a member of the Calallen FFA club. She will graduate from Calallen High School and is planning to attend Texas A&M University - College Station majoring in poultry science. Pamela is the daughter of Ralph and Kim Gilley of Corpus Christi.

Alexandra Gipson is a member of the Banquete FFA club. She will graduate from Banquete High School and is planning to attend The Art Institute of Houston majoring in culinary arts and culinary management. Alexandra is the daughter of Billy and Denise Gipson of Robstown.

Mia Guerra is a member of the Run-in-M 4-H club. She will graduate from Foy H. Moody High School and is planning to attend Texas A&M University - Kingsville majoring in animal science/agricultural management. Mia is the daughter of Richard and Yvonne Guerra of Corpus Christi.

Brody Hayek is a member of the Tuloso-Midway FFA and Tuloso-Midway 4-H clubs. He will graduate from Tuloso-Midway High School and is planning to attend Texas A&M University - Kingsville, majoring in ag range and wildlife sciences. Brody is the son of Mark and Imogene Hayek of Corpus Christi.

Cassidy Heflin is a member of the Banquete FFA club. She will graduate from Banquete High School and is planning to attend Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi majoring in marine biology. Cassidy is the daughter of Charlie and Melynda Heflin of Robstown.

Kelsey Hellmann is a member of the Run-in-JM 4-H and Tuloso-Midway FFA clubs. She will graduate from Tuloso-Midway High School and is planning to attend Texas A&M University - Kingsville majoring in ag business and advertising design. Kelsey is the daughter of Larry and Valery Hellmann of Robstown.

Morgan Hipp is a member of the Tuloso-Midway 4-H club. She will graduate from Tuloso-Midway High School and is planning to attend Texas A&M University - College Station majoring in the medical or pharmaceutical field. Morgan is the daughter of Jonny and Carol Sue Hipp of Corpus Christi.

Leslie Jurecek is a member of the River Hills 4-H club. She will graduate from Banquete High School and is planning to attend Baylor University in Waco majoring in business marketing and law. Leslie is the daughter of Bryan and Sheri Jurecek of Robstown.

Tyler Konarik is a member of the West Oso 4-H club. He will graduate from Calallen High School and is planning to attend Texas Tech University majoring in architecture. Tyler is the son of Cindi Tyler of Corpus Christi.

Lauren Lansford is a member of the Mary Carroll FFA club. She will graduate from Mary Carroll High School and is planning to attend Texas State University majoring in nursing. Lauren is the daughter of Todd and Jo Dell Lansford of Corpus Christi.

Abby Loessin is a member of the Bluntzer 4-H club. She will graduate from Agua Dulce High School and is planning to attend Texas A&M University - College Station majoring in agriculture communication and journalism. Abby is the daughter of Walemon and Vickie Loessin of Robstown.

Megan Longoria is a member of the Agua Dulce FFA club. She will graduate from Agua Dulce High School and is planning to attend Del Mar College majoring in kinesiology. Megan is the daughter of David and Charlotte Longoria of Agua Dulce.

Joslyn Martin is a member of the Tuloso-Midway FFA club. She will graduate from Tuloso-Midway High School and is planning to AIMS Community College/Northern University of Colorado majoring in education. Joslyn is the daughter of Shari and Danny Schmitgen of Corpus Christi.

Jessica Martini is a member of the Calallen FFA club. She will graduate from Calallen High School and is planning to attend the Texas A&M University - College Station majoring in agricultural economics. Jessica is the daughter of James and Beverly Holman of Corpus Christi.

Robert McBride is a member of the Bishop FFA club. He will graduate from Bishop High School and is planning to attend Coastal Bend College majoring in the medical field. Robert is the son of Stephen and Cindy McBride of Bishop.

Marshall McCown is a member of the Tuloso-Midway FFA club. He will graduate from Tuloso-Midway High School and is planning to attend Texas A&M University- College Station majoring in agribusiness. Marshall is the son of David and Cathy McCown of Mathis.

Cody Moseley is a member of the Tuloso-Midway 4-H club. He will graduate from Calallen High School and is planning to attend Angelo State University majoring in physical therapy. Cody is the son of Robert and Judy Moseley of Corpus Christi.

Cayce Murdoch is a member of the Bishop 4-H club. She will graduate from Bishop High School and is planning to attend Texas A&M University - Kingsville majoring in nursing. Cayce is the daughter of Doug and Judy Murdoch of Bishop.

Danielle Ocker is a member of the Tuloso-Midway FFA club. She will graduate from Tuloso-Midway High School and is planning to attend Texas A&M University - Kingsville majoring in agricultural science education. Danielle is the daughter of James and Renee Ocker of Robstown.

Andrew Phillips is a member of the Agua Dulce FFA club. He will graduate from Agua Dulce High School and is planning to attend the Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi majoring in business management. Andrew is the son of Shelley Juranek of Agua Dulce.

Brandy Randow is a member of the Mary Carroll FFA club. She will graduate from Mary Carroll High School and is planning to attend Texas A&M University-Kingsville majoring in agricultural science education. Brandy is the daughter of Martin and Debra Randow of Corpus Christi

Stephanie Richter is a member of the Tuloso-Midway 4-H club. She will graduate from Tuloso-Midway High School and is planning to attend Baylor University in Waco majoring in biology/pre-medicine. Stephanie is the daughter of Brian and Sherry Richter of Corpus Christi.

Corie Schubert is a member of the Academy FFA club. She will graduate from Academy High School and is planning to attend University of Texas - San Antonio majoring in biology. Corie is the daughter of Bruce and Johanna Schubert of Driscoll.

Jenna Schubert is a member of the Academy FFA club. She will graduate from Academy High School and is planning to attend Texas A&M University - Kingsville majoring in biology. Jenna is the daughter of Bruce and Johanna Schubert of Driscoll.

Sandy Schumann is a member of the Mary Carroll FFA club. She will graduate from Mary Carroll High School and is planning to attend Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi majoring in nutrition and kinesiology. Sandy is the daughter of Robert and Janne Schumann of Corpus Christi.

Cheyenne Selph is a member of the Tejas 4-H and Tuloso-Midway FFA clubs. She will graduate from Tuloso-Midway High School and is planning to attend Angelo State University majoring in agricultural science education.

Cheyenne is the daughter of Cheryl Selph of Corpus Christi.

Joshua Simnacher is a member of the Tuloso-Midway FFA club. He will graduate from Tuloso-Midway High School and is planning to attend Texas A&M University - Kingsville majoring in mechanical engineering. Joshua is the son of Stephen and Jeri Simnacher of Corpus Christi.

Catherine Smith is a member of the Flour Bluff/Padre Island 4-H club.

She will graduate from Flour Bluff High School and is planning to attend Texas A&M University - College Station majoring in business administration.

Catherine is the daughter of Greg and Deborah Smith of Corpus Christi.