Joining Georgia Holloman at a reception to receive $30,000 from Uncle Ben’s cooking contest for a school makeover for Bay Area Christian School were Mayor Tom Reid, City of Pearland; Mayor Pat Halisey, City of League City; Councilmember Larry Millican, City of League City, Bridget Kramer, Communications Director, Office of State Representative Ed Thompson (District Director), Jackie King, Chief District Director from State Senator Larry Taylor’s office, Fay Picard, District Director from State Representative Greg Bonnen’s office, Uncle Ben’s Representatives Matt Hurst, Peter Frances and Katie Doyle; and Head of School Jason Nave.

Pearland six year old wins cooking contest

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Culinary skills of a six year old won a cafeteria makeover for her elementary campus.
Georgia Holloman, a first-grade student at Bay Area Christian School, is a contest winner along with her father receiving a $30,000 school cafeteria makeover for her school.

This fall, the young chef entered the Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest, a national contest by the Uncle Ben’s® Brand, which promotes cooking healthy meals at home.

Children in grades K-8 along with a parent were invited to create a rice-based dish and submit a photo to the contest showing the preparation of the dish. Five winners would be chosen.

The five grand prize winners, partially determined by how many online votes they received, would win $15,000 cash, a hometown celebration and a $30,000 cafeteria makeover for their school.

The Hollomans received their celebration recently in the form of a surprise winning announcement made in front of many distinguished members of two communities as well as school officials.

The young chef and her family heard the great news at her school at 4800 W. Main St. in League City recently. Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, League City Mayor Pat Halisey, Councilmember Larry Millican, representatives for the City of League City, State Senator Larry Taylor, State Representative Greg Bonnen and Uncle Ben’s Company joined the Hollomans and Head of School Jason Nave at the event.

“We had no clue what to expect. Georgia was very surprised by the presentation,” her dad Wes Holloman said. “It was incredibly nice to have the Mayors form Pearland and League City as well as State Representatives. She could not believe it was such a big deal.”

While school officials are determining the best way to use the prize money for the makeover, the Hollomans know what to do with theirs.

“Georgia’s prize money will start her college fund,” her dad said.

As for the winning recipe, it continues to be made and enjoyed at the Holloman house.

To see the winning recipe, go to

Story by Karoyln Gephart

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