The daughter of Mark and Sandy Magouirk of Harlingen, Alison is currently a senior at Texas A&M University in College Station majoring in allied health. Alison has been a TIFT scholarship recipient every year since the 2013-2014 school year! She is a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority through which she actively volunteers and fundraises for their two philanthropic organizations, Starkey’s Hearing Foundation and Isaiah’s Place, which support local and national speech and hearing organizations. She is also a part of the Collegiate National Honor Society and the Public Relations Student Society of America. Outside of school, Alison actively volunteers at Project Unity, which is a nonprofit organization that provides services and activities to help locals in the Brazos Valley make positive changes in their lives. Because of her selection as the 78th TIFT Hostess, Alison will receive a $2000 scholarship toward her studies at Texas A&M University.
Fishing started early in the Magouirk family when Alison’s great grandfather owned a local commercial fisherman’s camp along the South Texas coastline. Her great grandfather shared his knowledge and love for fishing and the outdoors with her grandfather, who then passed along that passion to her father, Mark Magouirk. Alison said, “Growing up, I have considered family and fishing my whole life. Some of my earliest memories are summer weekends, waking up at 5:00 in the morning to go fishing with my siblings.” Alison has been involved in numerous fishing tournaments throughout her life, but she says what sets TIFT apart from any other tournament is how family oriented it has always been. “My family and I look forward to the first week of August every year,” Alison said. “It acts as a holiday to me, and I anticipate it all year long. I have met some of my closest friends through this fishing tournament, and I know they will be my lifelong TIFT family.”
Alison has been involved in TIFT for over 20 years. She fished in the tournament for 15 years and has been volunteering for the past nine years! She loves volunteering, whether it is unloading trophies at the Convention Center, setting up for registration, filling registration bags, selling raffle tickets, setting up and working play day, carrying the fish during dock crew, or participating in the dirtiest T-shirt contest. Nevertheless, volunteering and participating is always a blast with her TIFT family.
“As a child, I always looked up to the TIFT hostess as a role model,” Alison said. “I have always dreamed of my day to hopefully be able to achieve this position and to be a role model to the little girls just like me, years ago. Now, having seen some of my earliest friends become the TIFT Hostess, it makes me that much more excited to be given this extraordinary opportunity. I am so appreciative and thankful to say that I will be the 78th Annual Texas International Fishing Tournament Hostess!”
The 78th Annual Texas International Fishing Tournament will be held August 2 – 6, 2017. For more information or to get involved, visit www.tift.org or call (956) 943-TIFT.