Chili lovers put their best concoctions in the heat of battle on Saturday, December 1, at Limestone College during the school's First Annual Teacher Cadet Chili Cook-Off.
When the contest was over, bellies were full, crockpots were empty, and more than $450 was generated for the Teacher Cadet Program.
"This event was so much fun and we want to thank all of those in Cherokee County who participated," said Dr. Penny Saurino, Associate Professor of Education at Limestone. "All of the different chili recipes were delicious, and the contest is something we definitely want to do again next year."
Winners announced at the contest were:
Tracy Will of Gaffney's Trackside Diner; Favorite, Best Chili in Town, Best Poultry Chili
Tina Vires, Director of Accessibility Services at Limestone; Full of Beans
Susan Moore, Public Services Paralibrarian at Limestone; Best Limestone Chili
Jerry Wright, Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Most Creative Concoction & Best Vegetarian Chili
Donta T. Ingram, President of Limestone's SGA; Where's the Fire Extinguisher?!, Crowd Favorite
Nancy Rilling, Overbrook Presbyterian Church; Best Church Chili
Peter Saurino '16; Best Beef Chili
All of the proceeds produced through the contest will be used for the benefit of the Teacher Cadet Program. "Limestone partners with Teacher Cadets in area schools by providing opportunities to students to become a part of the college experience," explained Dr. Saurino. "The primary goal of the program is to encourage academically able students who possess exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills to consider teaching as a career. An important secondary goal of the program is to provide these talented future community leaders with insights about teachers and schools so that they will be civic advocates of education."