AUSTIN – Texas career and technical education students and community leaders were recognized Monday at the annual Best of Texas Awards Ceremony.

Ashton Fine, FCCLA member at Orange Grove High School, was named the Best of Texas Outstanding Family and Consumer Sciences Student winner.

A cash scholarship and commemorative plaque was presented to winners and runners-up in each division. The Best of Texas Awards are sponsored by the Texas Career and Technology Council  and was initiated to recognize outstanding achievements by students enrolled in career and technical education, and exemplary contributions by businesses and community leaders who have dedicated their support to career and technical programs. School districts throughout Texas submitted nominations in 11 awards categories.

The awards ceremony was held at 10 a.m. at the William B. Travis Building in Austin on Monday.

The Best of Texas festivities kicked-off with a breakfast reception and award recipients were treated to lunch at the Capitol Grill following the ceremony.

The TCTC is an organization representing seven professional organizations of career and technical education.

TCTC strives to maintain one unified voice, speaking for and supporting career and technical programs.