TCC chefs take honors in culinary competition

Tarrant County College Culinary Arts instructors earned accolades for their creations at the DFW West 2019 Fort Worth Food & Equipment Expo, sponsored by food and beverage distributor Ben E. Keith Company.

Representing TCC were Nathan Price, purchasing manager and instructional assistant for culinary arts; Chef Alison Hodges, instructor of culinary and pastry arts; Chef William Hodges, adjunct pastry instructor; and Chef Katrina Warner, program coordinator and instructor of culinary arts.

The TCC team competed in an American Culinary Federation (ACF) Contemporary Hot Food

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Youth Art Competition Deadline Approaching

You too could be a Youth Art winner at the 20th Art in the Square presented by Southlake Women’s Club, April 26-28 at Southlake Town Square. Applications are due by March 29.

High school students in Northeast Tarrant County, including those in private schools and home schooled, can submit artwork to be juried for the Lone Star Artist Winner. The winner of the award will have their work on display in the rotunda of the Capitol of Texas. The winner and family will receive two nights of hotel accommodations in Austin courtesy of Kids Matter International and a VIP Tour of the Texas Capitol courtesy of State Representative Giovannni Capriglione.  The jury committee also selects winners in various categories to receive awards provided by Roxann Taylor with Engel & Volkers Real Estate.

The winners and finalists of the Youth Art Competition will be showcased in the Youth Art tent the entire weekend. Click here to complete the application.  For more information about Youth Art and Art in the Square  visit

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Business Students Advance to National Competition

Earlier in March, the Carroll ISD Business Professionals of America (BPA) team competed in Dallas at the State Leadership Conference. The team membership is currently 34 students, and 21 of those had advanced to State.  Of these 21, only four had competed last year. BPA is a CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, and other career fields.

Carroll ISD is excited to have three students that will be advancing to Nationals in Anaheim, California on May 1- 6.

Below are the results from the BPA State competition:

National Qualified:
Sophia Polisetty –2nd place Business Law & Ethics
Caleb Jiang – 3rd place PC Servicing & Troubleshooting
Blake Bottum – 2nd Place Java Programming

National Alternates:
Alysa Lakhani – 7th place Human Resource Management
Zane Qureshi – 8th place Entrepreneurship
Marianna Torres – 8th Place ICD-10 CM Diagnostic Coding
Matthew Merino – 10th place Business Meeting Management Concepts
Simrun Shroff – 16th place Legal Office Procedures

State Recognizations:
Pooja Jayasekera
Caitlyn Petescia
Cristina Petescia
Elizabeth Hamel
Lydia Lo
Alina Khawaja
Gabriella Morisano
Megan Wolf
Kendall Lyman
Jenna Neves
Aanya Jayasekera
Uma Datta
Vansh Shah

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TCC team places second in the nation in Student Research League competition

A team of Tarrant County College students ranked among the best in the nation in the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ (AMATYC) 2018 Student Research League competition.

The Student Research League tasks students with formulating a solution to an open-ended research problem. The 2018 challenge centered on determining the safest place in the United States to live, based on exposure to natural disasters. Participants selected mathematical tools that best fit the problem, collected data, created a mathematical model to reflect the data and researched and interviewed

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High school artists encouraged to sign up for prestigious competition

Calling all Fort Worth high school students: the fifth annual Betsy Price Art Competition is now accepting entries.

Selected students will be showcased in a group exhibition May 1-18 at Fort Works Art. The grand prize entry will hang outside the mayor’s office at City Hall for a year.

Every year, close to 600 North Texas high school students apply for the exhibition, with a juror selecting 40 exemplary works to be included in the show. Last year’s exhibition was juried by Andrew J. Walker, executive director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

Apply by March 31.

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Business Professionals of America Students Succeed at Regional Competition

The Carroll ISD Business Professionals of America chapter competed on Saturday, January 26, at Regionals at Keller High School and came away with successful results. Business Professionals of America is a national organization for middle school, high school, and college students preparing for careers in business and office occupations. The organization’s activities and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of the skills learned at school. Business Professionals of America acts as a cohesive agent in the nationwide networking of education and business and industry, and is contributing to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills. See below the list of results from the January 26 competition.

  • Vansh Shah – Payroll Accounting – 2nd place
  • Aarin Bindlish – Banking & Finance – 5th place
  • Caitlyn Petescia – Economic Research – 3rd place
  • Alina Khawaja, Gabriella Morisano & Megan Wolf – Economic Research Team – 2nd place
  • Lydia Lo – Intergrated Office Applications – 3rd place
  • Jenna Neves – Basic Office Systems – 3rd place
  • Pooja Jayasekera – Advance Office Systems – 2nd place
  • Simrun Shroff – Legal Office Procedures – 1st place
  • Kendall Lyman – Medical Office Procedures – 1st place
  • Sophia Polisetty – Business Law & Ethics – 1st place
  • Marianna Torres – Diagnostic Coding – 1st place
  • Caleb Jiang – PC Serving & Troubleshooting – 1st place
  • Blake Bottum – JAVA Programming – 2nd place
  • Cristina Petescia – Graphic Design Pormotion – 4th place
  • Sophia Polisetty, Lydia Lo, Liz Hamel & Cristina Petescia – Website Design Team – 1st place
  • Coleman Cooper, Zane Qureshi, Jenna Neves, Aanya Jayasekera – Global Marketing Team – 4th place
  • Zane Qureshi – Entrepreneurship – 2nd place
  • Aarin Bindlish, Roy Dhutta, Amay Ghia, Daanish Gaanshi – Small Business Management Team – 5th place
  • Aanya Jayasekera – Interview Skills – State Alternate
  • Uma Datta – Advance Interview Skills – 2nd Place
  • Alysa Lakhani – Human Resource Mgmt – 1st Place
  • Matthew Merino – Business Meeting Management – 1st Place

Students from Carroll High School and Carroll Senior High School will be attending the Business Professionals of America 2019 State Leadership Conference March 6-9 in Dallas.  The Carroll ISD chapter members will join over 2,800 other conference delegates from across the state to participate in state level business skill competitions, general sessions, and the state officer candidate campaigns and elections.

“Students from the Texas Association’s Regional Leadership Conference have qualified to participate at the state level conference. The conference emphasizes business workforce education and training which members of the local chapter of Business Professionals of America at Carroll have received,” said Carroll ISD chapter advisor Kim Goodman.  In addition to the qualifying events, members have also been working together to compete the BPA Torch Awards Program.  This program is designed to promote professionalism, leadership and personal growth in seven different categories.  “Last year, and again this year, our members have successfully complete the tasks to meet the requirement for the Statesman award at State Leadership Conference.  I am very proud of their commitment and accomplishments in our second year as a BPA chapter.”

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Carroll Robotics Teams Qualify for State Competition

The Carroll Robotics teams had another successful week of competition at Region 10 ESC on Saturday, December 8. Teams 7110F and 7110Z were tournament champions, which qualifies them for the state competition in February.

Team 7110F is made up of Austin Baltes, Will Dorin, Devin Jain, Conor McNabnay, Ryan Sahihi, Farees Syed and Abhi Vedire, and Team 7100Z is made up of  Michael Chuang, Aaryan Das, Tenzin Dhondup, Samuel He, Arvi Krishnan, Sai Mahapatra, Amanda Piyapanee and Ty Ponzo.

In addition to their State Competition qualifying, Team 7110F awon the Design Award, which is given to a team based on excellence in their engineering notebook and judge’s interview at the event. Additionally, Team 7110Z was named Robot Skills Champion and also received the Excellence Award which is given to the overall best team at the competition. Teams 7110C, 7110S and 7110X also had a great competition with all three teams reaching the elimination rounds.

All Carroll Robotics team will compete again at Carroll Senior High on Saturday, January 12.

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Carroll Robotics Excels at VEX Competition

Carroll Robotics hosted a successful VEX Robotics competition at Carroll Senior High on Saturday, with 26 teams from the DFW area participating.  Carroll teams performed very well with five ranked in the top 10.

Team 7110W, a second-year team of Jake Adams, Vincent Armato, Blake Bottum, John Dumbleton, Mitchell Gruenewald, Dale Kubiak, and Peiyuan Xu, were first ranked after qualifying rounds and were tournament finalists!

Team 7110F, a first-year team of Austin Baltes, Will Dorin, Devin Jain, Conor McNabnay, Ryan Sahihi, Farees Syed, and Abhi Vedire, were fifth-ranked after qualification rounds and tournament semi-finalists.  This was an outstanding achievement for a rookie team at their first event!

Veteran team 7110Z of Michael Chuang, Aaryan Das, Tenzin Dhondup, Samuel He, Arvi Krishnan, Sai Mahapatra, Amanda Piyapanee and Ty Ponzo were third-ranked after qualification rounds and tournament champions.  This win qualifies them for the North Texas State Championship in February! Team 7110Z has also been invited to attend an exclusive VEX Robotics tournament at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in January.

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Top three finalists move forward in Fort Worth Business Plan Competition

Ten entrepreneurs pitched their businesses to a panel of judges during last night’s sold-out Fort Worth Business Plan Competition Pitch Night, and three competitors will move on to the final round.

These three finalists are:

  • Carlo Capua and Cortney Gumbleton of Locavore, an all-inclusive resource for foodie entrepreneurs looking to affordably scale up their business, including a commercial kitchen and event venue for rent.
  • Mateson Gutierrez of Cache, a mobile app that allows consumers direct access to purchase wholesale tax foreclosure properties from anywhere in the world, with no experience in real estate required.
  • Saryina and Glen Oliver of Aspen Tyke Traveler, a developer of innovative, supportive bag and packing systems that help prepare new parents for on-the-go adventures with young children.

Attend the finals on Oct. 25

RSVP online to see these competitors give their final round of pitches in front of the judges from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the TCU Brown Lupton University Union Ballroom, 2901 Stadium Dr.

The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 in cash, the runner-up will receive $5,000 in cash, and third place will receive $3,000 in cash. Additionally, the winners will receive various in-kind services, such as program memberships and access to co-working space at IDEA Works, video production with CoLAB Creative Group LLC, business consulting and coaching services, and more.

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Small businesses move closer to victory as top 25 announced for Fort Worth Business Plan Competition

Registration for the fifth annual Small Business Plan Competition closed June 15, and the top 25 applicants have been selected to move on to the next round.

The Top 25 for the 2018 Business Plan Competition:

  • Aspen Tyke Traveler (by RDY4IT Inc.).
  • Belzoni’s Catfish Restaurant(s).
  • Block System Inc.
  • Cache.
  • Clearview Speech and Consulting Services PLLC.
  • Culture Consultants.
  • DroneAlytic LLC.
  • Envy Designz LLC.
  • FlyFix Inc.
  • Funky Picnic Brewery & Café.
  • Infant Swim DFW LLC.
  • Journal Junkie.
  • Kristen Soble LLC.
  • Locavore.
  • Mercy Care Pharmacy.
  • myBlueCar.
  • Panther Ballistic.
  • RMS Movers.
  • RxAnytime LLC.
  • Sarge’s Manufacturing.
  • Signature Cuffs LLC.
  • The Bar-Gym For Women.
  • Tremmedics Medical Devices LLC.
  • Worth Media LLC.

The owners of these small businesses will begin five weeks of group training provided by the Business Assistance Center and their local partners. This group training includes one-on-one counseling, professional development workshops and coaching from industry experts.

Final business plans will be due Sept. 10, and 10 businesses will be selected to compete in front of judges during a Pitch Night on Oct. 11.

The top three finalists will compete Oct. 25 for the prize packages, which include $10,000 cash for first place, $5,000 for second place and $3,000 for third place. Additionally, numerous businesses have donated in-kind services for the three finalists.

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