2008-12-31 / Farm & Ranch

2008 Willacy County 4-H Highlights

SHOWN FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Willacy County Extension Agent Lucas Garcia, Patrick Woods, Charles E. Burns II, and Cameron County Extension Agent Marco Ponce. Agents presented the Gold Star Award to members of Raymondville 4-H. SHOWN FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Willacy County Extension Agent Lucas Garcia, Patrick Woods, Charles E. Burns II, and Cameron County Extension Agent Marco Ponce. Agents presented the Gold Star Award to members of Raymondville 4-H. Happy Holidays from the AgriLIFE EXTENSION service. This has been an exciting year for 4-H in Willacy County and we are looking forward to another great year in 2009. In the spring, there were three active 4-H Clubs: Raymondville 4-H, Stillman 4-H and Rising Stars 4-H. Each one of these clubs had exhibitors that participated in numerous events and received awards at the local, county and district levels. This year started with the County Livestock Show which took place on February 21-23. Rudy Moya, Robert Moya, Alexandria Silva and Samantha Garcia of Rising Stars 4-H enrolled in Quality Counts right before the Mercedes Livestock Show in which students learned the six pillars of character building and show ring ethics. Jessica Salas from Rising Stars 4-H represented the club in the 2008 Cover Girl competition at this year's RGVLS. In May, Willacy County presented Patrick Woods and Charles E. Burns II the Gold Star Award after County Agents from Cameron and Hidalgo Counties conducted the interviews in Raymondville. Both recipients are members of Raymondville 4-H. The following is a brief summary of the award.

SHOWN FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Rudy Moya, Alexandria Silva, Willacy County Extension Agent Lucas Garcia, Samantha Garcia and Robert Moya. Agent presented Rising Stars 4-H members with Quality Counts Certification. SHOWN FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Rudy Moya, Alexandria Silva, Willacy County Extension Agent Lucas Garcia, Samantha Garcia and Robert Moya. Agent presented Rising Stars 4-H members with Quality Counts Certification. The Gold Star Award is the highest county achievement award and will be awarded only once in a member's 4-H career. The following are minimum requirements that must be met: the member must be at least 15 at the time of application and must have completed at least 3 years in 4-H, including the current year.

The 4-H member must submit an awards program record book in the year he or she is to be considered for the award. The 4- H member must have completed projects in three different project areas, have submitted appropriate record forms, and have participated in three or more educational activities.

SHOWN FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Isaac Atkinson, Willacy County Extension Agent Lucas Garcia, Julissa Trevino and Marlina Rivera. Members of Stillman 4-H attended Leadership Lab in Laredo, TX. SHOWN FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Isaac Atkinson, Willacy County Extension Agent Lucas Garcia, Julissa Trevino and Marlina Rivera. Members of Stillman 4-H attended Leadership Lab in Laredo, TX. During the month of June, Isaac Atkinson, Julissa Trevino and Marlina Rivera of Stillman 4- H attended the annual summer Leadership Lab which was held at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, TX.

Dillon Burns of Raymondville 4-H participated at District 12 recordbook judging which was held in La Prior, TX in July.

Alex Villapando represented 4-H as he enrolled in Hunter's Education Certification conducted at the Willacy County AgriLIFE Extension office.

In September, Ranch Country 4-H was established with active members including: Morgan Thomas, Savannah Chappell, Cameron Chappell, Royse Joe and Armando Rebeles as officers. 4th Graders from San Perlita Elementary attended the 9th Annual Kids, Cows and More educational workshop November 12-14 held at the Mercedes livestock show grounds. This was part of a 4-H curriculum enrichment project.

In December, Willacy County hosted the Holiday Classic which was coordinated by Josh Klostermann and other board members of the Willacy County Livestock Board. In total, there were 73 hogs judged.

January 29-31, 2009 is the Willacy County Livestock Show. Contact local Ag Teachers and County Extension Agent for any information regarding the show.

Please refer to the County Extension website for history of the Gold Star Award including more pictures and announcements of our excellent 4-H members of Willacy County.

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