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Pete Christy Fuddruckers Exciting Tough Talk Scholarship winners announced

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

After reading through a lot of great emails, a panel of judges voted for Jayden Coleman of Klondike and Murissa Horton of Dawson to both receive $500 scholarships.

In the month of May, area senior student athletes sent in emails telling us about their exciting and tough academic and athletic careers. We also wanted to know what their future plans were. The judges read all the emails and gave votes to their top five. From there, the top two would both receive $500 from the Pete Christy Fuddruckers Exciting Tough Talk Scholarships.

Jayden Coleman was the top vote getter.

In his email, he thanked his grandfather:

"My Granddad has taught me the true meaning of being a loving and supportive father. I have learned from him by working alongside him on his cotton farm as well as growing up witnessing him be a deacon and leader of our church. My Granddad has spent countless hours playing ball with me and my brother. He taught us the proper techniques, skills and strategies to be successful in any sport we chose to play. His efforts have paid off as I have received numerous honors and awards in football and basketball throughout my high school career.  By receiving this scholarship, I hope to ease the financial burden that college expenses endure on a family. I hope to one day be like my Granddad who has taught me the meaning of being a strong Christian man. Coming from a 1-A school, I hope to show others from smaller schools that the opportunity to play at the next level is possible. I hope to be able to impact the students in my path like the coaches I have had in my career. "

Jayden will be playing football at Hardin-Simmons University. This week, he's preparing for his first ever 11-man football game, playing for the West All-Stars in Wichita Falls at the Oil Bowl.

Our sister station, KAUZ-TV asked him about winning the Pete Christy Fuddruckers Exciting Tough Talk Scholarship:

"That means a lot, it really does. Just having Pete Christy cover us for four years, he's done a lot. And when I saw that scholarship I said, 'Yeah I want that one for sure.' I sent them an email about it, because we were even Team of the Week up there with Pete Christy one time and that was a lot of fun. I love what he does for the 806 and all the surrounding schools around Lubbock."

Murissa Horton from Dawson finished second in the voting, just two points behind Coleman. In her Senior season with low numbers for the boys and girls basketball teams, for the love of the game, they decided to come together as one team.

"We combined our boys and girls team to make a co-ed basketball team, and played a boys' varsity district schedule. This was by far the toughest thing I have ever had to handle in my high school athletic career. The game was faster, more intense, and required me to play differently than I would with girls. However, I wouldn't change it for the world. I was able to represent my school in a way that no other, except members of the co-ed team, could. Even though I played with the boys, I still was awarded 2nd team all-district. That situation taught me how to handle adversity, communicate, and find the positive in what would seem like a dim situation. Overall my high school athletic career was exciting, tough, challenging, but most of all, completely and totally rewarding. It taught me so much, and gave me so much insight for my future."

Murrisa explained in her email, any scholarship money can help her achieve her goals: "Choosing to pursue a career in both politics and agricultural. My goal is to study Political Science and minor in Ag Communications from Texas A&M University, and then earn my Master's degree. I want to then become involved in a senator's or congressman's office. I want to learn, listen, and form, politically, solutions to help rural farmers."

I want to the congratulate Jayden & Murissa as well as all the student athletes who entered. I also thank Fuddruckers and Lubbock Christian's Chris Softley, since he came up with the idea by saying tough so many times.

Congrats to Jayden Coleman of Klondike and Murissa Horton of Dawson for each winning $500 with the Pete Christy Fuddruckers Exciting Tough Talk Challenge.

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