Hays 4-H Gold Stars Address Commissioners Court, Explain Benefits of 4-H in Their Lives
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agents Jason Mangold and Kate Blankenship proudly introduced two of the county’s three Gold Star 4-H recipients to the Hays County Commissioners Court October 18, noting that Gold Star is the highest award given by the 4-H organization.
To be awarded a Gold Star requires a rigorous schedule of maintaining academic grades while participating in programs as well as community events. In fact, the third recipient, Avery Herron, an eight-year member of the Dripping Springs 4-H Club, was busy taking a college class (while still in high school) and couldn’t attend.
West San Marcos 4-H Club member Kendyl Gordon and Cassandra Twinning of the Dripping Springs 4-H Club addressed the Court, each noting how participating in the many programs that 4-H offers has helped them in life.
“4-H has been a huge part of my life,” Gordon said, listing the numerous activities she’s been involved in over the years, from livestock raising and showing to baking and photography. “If I didn’t have 4-H, I wouldn’t be where I am now,” the eight-year 4-H participant said.
“I encourage every kid to get involved,” Twinning said. “There’s so much you can learn, not just in 4-H but in life.” Among the many programs she’s been involved in during her 10 years with 4-H are public speaking and horsemanship.
Following a round of applause from the audience and Court, County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., noted that one of the Hs in 4-H stands for Hands (service), and encouraged all 4-H participants to give back to 4-H by training others after they leave the program.
Left to right, County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., Precinct 2 Commissioner Bert Cobb, M.D., Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, AgriLife Extension Agent Jason Mangold, 4-H Club members and Gold Star winners Kendyl Gordon and Cassandra Twinning, AgriLife Extension Agent Kate Blankenship, Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant.